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Hearth or Stanton Social club?

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I've been recommended both, but haven't been to either. Would appreciate your advice on where to take my overseas guests. Many thanks.

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  1. Where are your guests coming in from? What is the age range?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      my guests are australians, in their mid 30s

      1. re: spoonfed

        I think it really depends on what atmosphere you're going for. The Stanton Social is such a unique concept (IMO), has a great space and I feel is something very "New Yorkie." I have not been to Hearth, but I've heard wonderful things.

    2. I haven't eaten at Stanton Social, but I would recommend Hearth if you're looking for very well-prepared food in an atmosphere that's casual and comfortable yet still refined.

      1. Agree with both LeahBaila and Lucia - You go to Stanton Social for the scene and the "chic" factor, and Hearth for great food. The food at Stanton Social is ok, they are small plates that are great for sharing, but in terms of quality it is not at the same league as Hearth. The service can be spotty and there are times when things get "chaotic" (loud laughing and people running around in my experience). I like both the food at Hearth much better, and it has a homey feeling to it.

        1. I've been to Stanton Social. The place is nice and surprisingly comfortable. Despite being loud and crowded, you can have an easy conversation in the little booths. The food is fine, but totally underwhelming. If I'm in that neighborhood, I eat at Peasant (esp. downstairs) and Clinton St. Baking Co (I can't resist their fruit pies or pancakes).

          1. Stanton Social Club by far. We were rushed out of Hearth after our meal. The food was only fair. Stanton Social has great food and a fun scene.

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            1. re: dogooder

              Thank you all very much for your responses.

            2. Stanton Social is so much fun and a very great place to hang out and socialize with old friends. The edamame is spectacular!

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              1. re: kam0424

                If you go, make sure to try the soup dumplings, sliders and the dessert donuts.

              2. I really liked both, but for different things. I went to Hearth for my 27th birthday, just me and the boyfriend, and it was cozy and rustic/fancy in a completely unpretentious way. New American fare at decent portions - a good place to sit and talk and have a relaxed meal.
                I went with two girlfriends for after-work drinks and dinner to Stanton - fun, glitzier atmosphere with a laughing, bustling crowd. I really liked the small dishes we got, and the drinks and desserts were fun. It's more of a place to have a drink, talk and laugh, and have lots of little fun dishes.