Last Day for ‘Stanton Social’ is New Year’s Eve

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

One of the more low-key, yet high-end eateries in Hell Square is closing out the year by closing down for good. Tao Group’s Stanton Social, serving its namesake street (between Orchard and Ludlow) for nearly two decades, will turn out the lights for good after New Year’s Eve.

Chef-owner Chris Santos told the New York Post that an expiring lease at 99 Stanton Street is the culprit. And that he and his Tao Group partners, who also operate sister spots Beauty & Essex and Vandal on the Bowery, hope to return with a bigger location nearby.

Stanton Social debuted in 2005, and quickly became a hit. Some credit the sceney restaurant with popularizing the tapas-style communal dining experience seen all over these days. Much like Beauty & Essex, it attracted stars; Amy Schumer apparently worked there as a bartender.

If Stanton Social can’t hold it down here, what can?

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