It feels like we were just celebrating my brother-in-law’s engagement! Well, almost five month’s later and it was time for Sara’s bachelorette party!
Saturday night, all of the bridesmaids and the bride got together to go out and celebrate. We started at an apartment with food, drinks and fun games. Then we headed downtown to Stanton Social for dinner. From the website: “This modern New York bistro serves multi-ethnic share plates designed to offer guests a chance to experience multiple dishes and flavors throughout their meal.” The atmosphere is young, loud, and trendy, perfect for our occasion.
I started out with a fun drink which is very unlike me. Normally I stick with a boring vodka soda or glass of wine (I’m not a fan of anything too sweet), but when I saw this on the menu I couldn’t resist: “Strawberry Fields- Grey Goose Citron, muddled fresh strawberries, lemon syrup, fresh lemon & a Riesling floater”
I ordered the drink minus the lemon syrup. It was perfect with a great sour bite and just a hint of sweetness from the strawberries. Plus, I couldn’t taste the vodka so I easily made my way through two of them;-)
The menu has a huge selection that could be overwhelming, but we were able to get a fixed menu for the party in advance.
To start us off they brought us Herb dusted Frites and Wok charred Edamame with a spicy miso glaze to munch on throughout the meal
The fries were good- nice and crispy on the outside.
The edamame were just okay, I didn’t love the glaze on the outside. It was a little too thick and sweet in my opinion.
For our first “course”, we got Nori Spiced Tuna Tartare Roll and the Grilled Ovendried Tomato Pizzetta- fresh mozzarella & grana, roasted garlic & chile oil
I don’t eat tuna so I didn’t have any, but I think everyone else enjoyed these rolls.
The pizza was okay, not bad but not memorable at all.
More importantly, with that course we had these French Onion Soup Dumplings
The dumplings were my favorite savory dish! They were amazing, French onion soup on the inside, loaded with delicious caramelized onions, and lovely melted cheese on top. I had to go for seconds!
Next was the Baby Spinach Salad with roasted corn, smoked goat cheese & spiced cashews
The salad was a good way to get some veggies into this meal. The smoked goat cheese had half of us convinced there was bacon in the salad. I really liked the different textures from all of the toppings and was happy to find that it wasn’t overdressed.
For our final savory dishes, we got Rhode Island Style Lobster Rolls, Kobe Beef Burger Sliders, and Wasabi Pea Crusted Salmon with asian pesto & soba noodle-beet salad
I loved the presentation of the lobster rolls. They were loaded with lobster meat which was great, but they were also covered in a bit more mayo than I’d like. It didn’t stop me from eating all of the filling, though.
I was really excited about the burgers because I have had the biggest burger craving for weeks now! Unfortunately, these left something to be desired. I found the meat unevenly cooked and less juicy than they appear in the picture.
This burger would not be Matt-approved!
I was much too stuffed to try the salmon, but the other girls enjoyed it. It definitely looked cool.
Finally, as stuffed as I was, I couldn’t miss out on tasting dessert.
These were warm donuts (actually, they came out super hot) served with three dipping sauces: chocolate, raspberry and caramel. The chocolate sauce was good but not mind-blowing. If you like raspberry flavored sweets, then you’d love that sauce. I was disappointed in the caramel because I didn’t think it had much flavor. The donuts themselves were good and perfect for donut lovers.
While the warm donuts didn’t leave me in awe, I did become mildly obsessed with these cookies. The menu labeled them “Jaime’s Cookies” and I don’t know why, but it doesn’t matter.
The cookies came out warm and melted in your mouth. I actually have no idea what was in them, I just remember comparing them to a warm flourless chocolate cake.
Overall, I’d give Stanton Social a B. The atmosphere was fun, they played good music, and had fantastic drinks. The food is served in a creative way but some dishes missed the mark.
Even if the food at dinner wasn’t perfect, it didn’t matter. Everyone seemed happy to be out for the party in a big group of girls. Afterwards, we spent the rest of the night dancing at Rivington Hotel, just a couple of blocks away. It was a ton of fun and I think the bride enjoyed her night!
Have you been to any fun bachelorette parties lately?