Hello My Foodie Followers….After our brunch and seeing Wicked, we head to the East Village in NYC to have dinner at the Stanton Social (www.stantonsocial.com). We arrived early evening and were seated upstairs in the rear of the restaurant. Our server, Ford, was quick to take our drink order and bring water. While waiting for our drinks to arrive, Ford brought over a cold pea, mint and curry soup served as a shot. Sweet and chilled with great spice. Al and Larry ordered a Brooklyn Lager and I had the usual. We each ordered tapas style appetizers and shared them as they arrived at our table. We had a mix of beef carpaccio, served with a schmear of horseradish, capers, and mixed greens. Perfectly prepared, tender and delicious. Our 2nd appetizer, tuna roll with a spicy aioli in a phyllo roll. Spicy and tasty, a nice one bite. 3rd, we had an assortment of spinach and cheese spankopita, served traditionally..delicious! 4th, we ordered pierogies, carmelized onions, potato filled….just like Al’s grandmother would make…yum! and our final appetizer was a onion soup dumpling, melted cheese and tooth picked for the perfect one bite. A second round of drinks were brought over and our entrees followed…Just before our entrees arrived, Celebrity Chef Chris Santos arrived to the restaurant. We motioned to him and he walked over and introduced himself. Of course, I being a huge Chris fan, was able to talk to this incredible chef and get a photo with him. He asked how everything was and if he could get anything for us. Our entrees arrived – Al had the quesadillas – mushroom and fontina served with a jalapeno, avocado and light lime creme. Larry had the meatballs over basil and ricotta manicotti. Deanna had the butternut squash ravoli with candied pecans and vanilla brown butter sauce. Margo had the braised short rib soft tacos with cherry tomatos and a poblano creme. I had the beef wellington with foie gras mousse and mushrooms wrapped in a baked crust. Every bite was better than the first. The mousse was rich, but subtle. The beef was medium rare and cooked to perfection. As we were finishing our entrees, Chef Chris came back and asked about our meal. We told him everything was awesome and he said don’t order dessert, he had already taken care of it for us. Moments later, Chris came back with a group of wait staff with a plethora of desserts from his entire menu, explaining each one himself. He apologized for our seating arrangement and said next time we are in NYC to call ahead and he would have a table for us. He was incredibly gracious and amazingly cool. How can this dinner be rated with anything less than 5 Diva Crowns! A perfect dinner with a perfect host! Bon Appetit!
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