Brunch at The Stanton Social...
- santorinii Jun 3, 2007 09:03 AM
Instead of going for a restaurant with a more local, Bohemian flair, I went for one that was a bit sceney for the East Village setting. I couldn't resist. The brunch menu sounded amazing. I was struck. I needed to go to The Stanton Social. (BTW, many thanks to LFeinberg for the rec!)
I love Brunch with a passion. It's the perfect grouping of items, in portions small enough to eat, and at a time when our minds are sober enough to appreciate the food that enters our mouth. It's the perfect meal, the morning after...
The brunch items at The Stanton are small in portion, like a Tapas style meal of sorts. It is designed to encourage sharing among friends. Since we were sharing, that meant we could eat more right? Oh, how I love to delude myself to justify my gluttony. Isn't it interesting how we make up excuses to justify our incorrigible behavior, just because we don't want to accept the truth? :oP
My friend and I toasted our meal with blushing Pomegranate-Peach Bellinis which were tart and fruity. Then we went hog wild with our pickin's.
I love Eggs Benedict and was immediately drawn to the Fancy Benedict, which I had to order. It consisted of Lobster and grilled Asparagus served over toasted Brioche, topped with a poached egg and drizzled with Bernaise Sauce. On the side was a pile of perfectly dressed baby greens. The Lobster tail was moist, the asparagus sweet, the toast buttery, and the egg...ah, the yolk was oozy and perfect, coating everything that laid beneath it and further enrichening the Bernaise. The dish was amazing. It was sooo good. I was in love.
Our meal proceeded on with the Breakfast Bruschetta, which consisted of slabs of crusty bread, toasted and topped with oven dried diced tomatoes, soft scrambled eggs, and shavings of Asiago cheese. It was a nice, light intercession before the courses ahead.
Next came the Brie and Apple Quesadillas, drizzled with Honey and dusted with chile powder. Sweet but not too sweet, counterbalanced by the savory Brie. It was really good.
And then came the Sliders. Maybe it's because I'm small, but I love dishes that are little. They're so cute. Ok, as a self-proclaimed foodie, I'm aware that it's blasphemy to describe food as cute. The cute factor should be reserved for rating the boys, i.e. Bobby Dean...oh he's so dreamy! Anyhow, getting back :oP... I just think that little burgers and sandwiches are adorable. They fit in one hand and can be devoured instantly. It's all about instant gratification I say.
We ordered two sliders: The first was the Kobe Beef Burger and the second was the Monte Christo. The Kobe was cooked to medium rare, which is how I like my meat. Only downside was that the outside was underseasoned and too charred, which imparted a bitter taste that overpowered the sweetness of the meat. Quite umimpressive. As for the Monte Christo, it was a hit. The sandwich was filled with slices of ham, turkey, and swiss, soaked in a an egg custard and cooked until set. What made it extra luxurious was that it was steeped in a bath of lightly sweetened maple syrup and honey. The eggy bread was soft and succulent, dripping with maple and perfectly balanced with the savory, oozing filling. A sandwich this perfect has now set the bar for all the sandwiches that is to come. I just can't go back to a standard sandwich after this one. I'm spoiled!
To round out the meal, my friend wanted to try the Potato and Goat Cheese Pierogies, which I let her have full reign over. I'm a sucker for pierogies, especially fried ones like these. I could only sample a bite, but It was really good from what I can tell. My friend loved them. I think these were her faves. The pierogies were served with a pile of caramelized onions and a pool of Truffle Creme Fraiche. It's one thing about not eating the pierogies, but it's another thing when it comes to the creme fraiche. I dipped my finger, my spoon, and any other food item I had on my plate into that creme because it was wickedly just...that...good. How can you go wrong with truffles and creme fraiche? You just can't. It's perfection.
Perhaps some may beg to differ, but I thought the brunch at The Stanton was amazing. The food was good, the service quick and attentive, and the setting lovely. I would definitely return back for another round of brunch. Indeed, this girl can eat. :oD
Thanks for the great, and detailed review. I always end up at Clinton Street or Alias if I'm brunching in that part of town...
About how long were you there? I thought I counted 6 items in your review...what was the final cost (ballpark)? And how crowded was it? Did you make a reservation?
Thanks for reading my post! Before my trip to NYC, I made sure I had reservations set to all the places I wanted to try because I didn't want to deal with the hassle of waiting for a table. BTW, I RSVP'd for The Stanton through Opentable. My reservation was at 11:30am for a Sunday brunch. I think it was still early because by the time I got there, half of the restaurant tables were still available. So maybe you can snag a table if you walk in early enough.
The total cost of the meal is certainly not cheap. With drinks, the cost was sixty something, not including tips. My friend and I have big appetites but we were really stuffed after all of that. I think we could've forgone a dish or two and maybe even skipping out on the drinks (we hardly ever drink--extra unecessary calories to fill one up for the most part ). That would've made the meal more reasonably priced.
Well if you go, it would be great to hear what you thought. Perhaps your taste may be different from mine. Hopefully not cuz I want you to have a good experience if you do go there. Here's to hoping!