My favorite neighborhood in New York is the East Village, which might have to do with my general East side pride (Plano East, hollah!).
So when my old roommate asked me to decide our brunch destination, the likely choice was The Stanton Social for a few reasons:
1. They take reservations for brunch via Opentable (a godsend in a brunch-crazy place like NYC)
2. They offer brunch tapas.
3. Did you read number 2? Do you really need a third reason??
So Stanton Social it was.
The restaurant is on a cute strip of Stanton St enmeshed by clothing boutiques and vintage shops. Inside, the restaurant was nicely decorated in dark woods, high ceilings, grand light fixtures and adorable, round cloth-covered booths.
The friendly waitress explained to us how tapas worked (I do enjoy listening to people explain things that I already know), recommended we order 4-6 plates for sharing and let us browse the menu offerings.
The menu selection was extensive including a variety of baby benedicts (seriously the cutest menu item I have ever heard), breakfast sliders on biscuits, pancakes, chicken and waffles and fresh doughnuts in caramel sauce. Seriously. A menu item for everyone !
We opted for:
1. Warm Banana Walnut Bread with cinnamon butter
2. Caramelized Banana Pancakes, candied pecans, vanilla brown butter & maple syrup
3. Stanton Social Slider, double smoked bacon, egg and cheese on a buttermilk biscuit
4. Breakfast Bruschetta, soft scrambled eggs, ovendried tomatoes & asiago on warm crusty bread
Here is the parade of items !
Then when we thought we were done, my roommate's friend stopped by and ordered a few more items !
1. Ricotta fritters with raspberry jam
2. Grilled cheese, Jasper Hill Farms cheddar, house cured jalapeno bacon, fried green tomato and lemon aioli
3. Kobe beef burger
The boy kind of demolished the Kobe beef burger before I snapped a shot, but here's some bonus shots for your hungry eye:
House made potato chips. I stole a couple of these, and they tasted vaguely like sour cream and onion. In other words, they tasted like love (yuuum).
All in all, cannot wait to go back to try their highly praised warm doughnuts with caramel along with the baby benedicts ! Sigh. So much to eat and so little time !!
Oh. And for no explicable reason, here is a picture of some complimentary nuts I later ate at Faustina, at the Cooper Square Hotel, a glassy, architectural delight. The cocktails may set you back $12, but the investment may be worth it as they are accompanied by slightly sweetened nuts packing a fairly spicy chili-powderesque punch.
The Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002
25 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003