Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Review: Social Eatz

Celebrity Chef Angelo Sosa of Top Chef fame recently opened Social Eatz, a casual Midtown restaurant serving American comfort food with an Asian twist.  With a bright orange and yellow color scheme and backless benches against long tables, this spot is perfect for an after-work dinner with coworkers or for a no-pressure first date.  During my visit only non-alcoholic beverages were being sold, including a delicious ginger beer, as they are awaiting to launch a cocktail menu soon.  All of the plates are reasonably priced, and perfect for ordering a few to share.
Make sure to start with the Smoked Ribs (St. Louis pork ribs marinated in mesquite-smoked tamarind with a pineapple bbq sauce laced with gochujang, an aged Korean pepper sauce) for slow cooked perfection.  As a girl who has never had any shame biting meat right off the bone (yes, I loved ordering baby back ribs when out to dinner with my parents in middle school), these were melt-in-your-mouth and one of the best dishes of the evening.
If you’re looking to lighten your meal with some greens, try the Chop-Chop Salad With Tangerine Vinaigrette (bite-size cut romaine, mixed with avocado and tomato, sugar snap peas, shrimp and a six-minute egg, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and the tangy juice of a tangerine).  For those French Fry lovers out there, order a side of the Fries with Sake Cheese sauce.  Reminiscent of the best hangover remedy ever (McDonald’s fries), these babies are dusted in a house seasoning, served with mild, melty cheese sauce that beats out Velveeta any day.   With my obsession over the wings at Croxley's, I tend to be a critic when trying them anywhere else.  The Hot Wings (glazed in a sauce of tamarind, garlic, shallots, palm sugar and togarashi, a Japanese spice blend of red chili, roasted orange peel and black sesame) are crispy, spicy and sweet.  Wings with an Asian flair were a delicious change to my usual favorite.
The Imperialist Hot Dog (made with organic chicken, served on a toasty bun, smothered in sweet and spicy relish) is a signature menu item.  Both savory and sweet, this dog is much more gourmet than what you’ll find at Yankee Stadium.

Visit this celebrity restaurant done right for an unpretentious dinner with your platonic guy friend or to meet your roomies once you leave your midtown office when you’re too hungry to wait until you get to your apartment downtown.  And once they start serving booze, this nightlife girl will be visiting frequently.
Social Eatz. 232 E. 53rd St.

Photos by Sarah Spigelman


  1. Isnt angelo adorbs??? now when dale and blais each open their own restuarants (hopefully in NYC) id be there front and center!
    Looks like a great plcae. I cant wait to try it out!

  2. I'd love to try the Chop Chop Salad w/a side of fries!


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