Showing posts from October, 2014

Stanton Social

Seven courses.  Four cocktails.  Two very satiated brunch eaters at the Stanton Social, check.
Stanton Social is a restaurant by Chris Santos, the sister establishment of Beauty & Essex.  Both restaurants are geared towards tapas-styled dishes made for sharing.  The decor of Stanton Social is modern, sleek, and definitely exudes this sexy New Yorker attitude: dark brown wood, plush banquettes, whitewashed exposed brick walls, glass chandeliers.  It was mercifully empty by the time we arrived, but I could imagine that during a busy service, it'd be almost impossible to navigate the rather cozy dining area.
We purchased an Amazon Local deal for seven dishes and two cocktails each, such an amazing deal that I bought another one for brunch with my friend.  Our server announced that she had never seen anyone complete the whole brunch.  Challenge accepted!  How hard could a few tapas plates be?

First, we started off with dessert: caramelized banana pancakes and warm doughnuts with …

Dinosaur BBQ

Earlier this year, we saw the brilliant guys at Dinosaur BBQ literally hand-smushing big hunks of pig meat into pulled pork perfection at the event Tasting Brooklyn.  Just a block down from the Green House where the event took place, Dinosaur BBQ actually has their brick-and-mortar restaurant.  We journeyed there one afternoon after a very nice stroll through Prospect Park and Park Slope to the Gowanus neighborhood.  The very nice stroll turned into "God, I'm starving" so we ran inside Dinosaur BBQ, pleased that there was no wait, and were seated in the Crazy Cowboy-styled establishment.

First, we gulped down a bit of beer to quench our thirst.  There was a flight of beers for just $7, and of the ones we tried, my favorite was the Left Hand Milk Stout.  I'm usually not a big fan of such dark beers, but perhaps my palette is changing.  The milk stout was very creamy and had a sweet chocolate-y aftertaste, not as bitter as it looked.  The beers were the perfect accomp…