We’re so excited that our team of Bitches is growing across the country. [Check out our open positions here!] We are fully staffed here in New York City and continuing to Bitch and brunch our way across the boroughs.
A few weekends ago I met our new Social Bitch, Ann Louise, for a decadent brunch at The Stanton Social in the Lower East Side. I had high expectations after hearing rave reviews from some of my friends and also seeing eclectic tapas-style menu items like French onion soup dumplings, breakfast bruschetta, and Oreo cookie pancakes.
My apartment is a quick walk from the restaurant so I beat Ann Louise to the table and had some spare time to soak in the ambiance. The Stanton Social is dark, sexy, and sleek with intimate tables, impressive chandeliers, and glossy accents. From looks alone, it seems like a great locale for a brunch date or to impress out-of-town girlfriends.
Ann Louise and I had a lot of Bitch biz to catch up on so brunch cocktails were a must. The Stanton Social doesn’t have plain Jane mimosas and Bloody Marys; each cocktail on the menu has a twist on a classic. For instance, the Bittersweet Mimosa is served with Campari and the Vietnamese coffee features cold brew coffee. However, the cocktail price is a bit steep at $15 a pop.
I settled on the pomegranate-peach bellini, which contained Pama liqueur and peach nectar. The drink was refreshing, but too sweet to have more than one. I switched to straight bubbles for my next round.
Ann Louise is a Bloody connoisseur so she had to sample The Stanton Social’s take on her favorite brunch bevvy. She enjoyed the housemade Bloody Mary mix, noting that it was an agreeably thick consistency and zippy in flavor.
Our friendly Australian waitress walked us through the impressive menu and recommended that we order at least three small plates per person. The menu does not offer individual starters and main courses; the dishes are designed for sharing and brought to the table continuously.
Per the waiter’s recommendations, we ordered a smattering of small plates. First to the table were some Mexican-inspired breakfast tapas: the chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros soft tacos. The chilaquiles were served in a surprisingly large portion so we had to hold ourselves back from filling up on the chips. The bowl was piled high with hand-pulled chicken and topped with a sunny-side up egg and feta. It tasted quite decadent and full of flavor.
The Stanton Social’s amiable manager checked up on our table earlier and insisted that we try the Huevos Rancheros soft tacos and with good reason. This was probably my favorite plate of the meal. Mini tacos were stuffed with scrambled chorizo, eggs, black beans, aged cheddar, and fresh salsa. We loved that the dish was bold and easy to share.
The French onion soup dumplings are The Stanton Social’s best seller so we obviously had to try it. The dumplings were served in an escargot tray lolly-pop style on skewers. The dish tasted exactly like French onion soup with caramelized onions inside of the dumpling casing and were dripping with melted cheese and bread crumbs on the exterior. This is definitely a must try.
For good measure, we also split a lobster roll slider. All the sliders are served individually, but we couldn’t muster the appetite for more than one. I love lobster, but this particular slider didn’t stand out for me among other lobster rolls of past meals.
Another intriguing menu item was the potato and goat cheese pierogies with caramelized onions and truffle creme fraiche. This small plate was good, but not great; it was a touch greasy and dense for our palates.
Finally, we had to round out our feast with the Oreo pancakes. How can you not order that when you see it on the menu? The pancakes came in a mile-high stack with an uncanny resemblance to Oreo cookies. The cakes were dime-sized, which was appreciated because they were so rich and filling. They were fluffy and complemented by plenty of icing in true Oreo fashion. This dish was so sugary that I didn’t need syrup to complete my bite.
The Bitches say: A-. The eclectic small plates give classic brunch dishes a breath of fresh air. A trendy vibe perfect for sharing tapas and gossip with your girlfriends.
The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St.
New York, NY
(Lower East Side)
The Stanton Social serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.