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Jan 17, 2008 08:08 AM

Excellent brunch at Stanton Social

Had brunch at Stanton Social this past Sunday. The restaurant itself had a 30-minute wait, so my friend and I sat at the upstairs bar instead. I've been to SS, a trendy, modern restaurant/bar/lounge, at night. It has excellent mixed drinks and a lively atmosphere. At brunch time, it is far more relaxed and comfortable. Perfect for catching up from a last night filled with excess...

The brunch menu itself has great variety, with dishes like an apple-and-brie quesadilla and an egg bruschetta dish. I went for a huevos rancheros dish, which ended up look like three elegantly-presented soft tacos filled with eggs, cheese, black bean spread, and salsa. It was taty though not transcendent. My friend ate the beautiful-looking, if a little small, bruschetta entree. We also ordered doughnuts (really brown doughnut holes), which came out piping fresh and hot, and were rolled in white sugar and served with a caramel dipping sauce. Delicious. I also ordered a refreshing pomegranate-peach bellini.

Service was fine but our server was a little overworked. Prices are pretty reasonable, with entrees costing in the $10 range. It's an easy choice to come here again.

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  1. I have to agree with this review. I stumbled into Stanton social for brunch one day when Clinton Street Bakery was too full. I was surprised at how good the food was. But I have to admit, the price was a little hefty for brunch since it is still small plates.

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    1. re: dam00n

      our waiter suggested 3 dishes per person and we were stuffed. some of them, like the latkes, or monte christo were only about $6. it's not a $12 w/ mimosa breakfast but i thought it was reasonable.

      1. re: dam00n

        I agree as well. I went to Staton Social about a year ago for brunch with a group of friends. The mini-benedicts and the soft tacos were terrific. The donuts were also phenomenal - warm and fresh, rolled in sugar which is my favorite. The service was also quite good. It is definitely on my list of places to go back to whenever we are in the city.

      2. Agreed...their brunch is great.

        1. Went back here recently with a friend. We were 3 seated in a nice, comfy booth are a short wait. I found the atmosphere to be a little dark. Also, ladies with long hair, be careful of where you stand in the coat check/waiting area. My poor friend's hair caught on fire from one of the many open candles they have!

          Ricotta fritters were nice (comped by the kitchen) but too heavy to eat more than one or two. The chocolate pancakes were great, but I'm not sure how you can ruin melted chocolate on a pancake. Warm doughnuts were also quite good, but too much starch, given the other dishes we ordered.

          Loved the apple-brie quesadilla with bacon bits, which I'd had before. The mac and cheese was delicious but very heavy, and possibly too much food, but I couldn't stop eating it. We also split a very nice spinach fritatta, as well as sides of bacon and sausage. Delicious and very stomach filling.

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          1. re: kathryn

            I agree the brunch menu is amazing. The only problem I had was they served all of our dishes with three portions of food when there were 4 people at the table. Would it really be that big of a deal to sever 4 portions so each guest can have a taste.. I don’t know that just bugged me.