Monday, April 04, 2011
Besides standing out for its ridiculous pluralizations using the letter "z", with garish colors and graphics to match, Social Eatz will be most notably characterized as the latest domain of Angelo Sosa, a contestant on Top Chef and former chef at the late Xie Xie. The restaurant opened in Midtown East last month serving casual food with Asian twists. The menu consists of small sections of appetizers, salads and soups while the rest is composed mostly of sandwiches or burgers and tacos, falling in the $6-$12 range.
My dining group's main complaint was the small portion sizes. After our first round of food, we weren't totally satisfied. But the food was good enough that we felt it was worth ordering a second round to satiate ourselves.
My dining group covered a good cross section of the menu and though everyone seemed to enjoy our meal, it was nothing incredibly impressive. While I like Asian flavors and the concepts here make some classic foods more interesting, I expected the added ingredients to shine more than they did. The service was a bit kooky and slow (and in a tacky move, our server made sure to inform us of the connection to Sosa). The seating on long benches was not the most comfortable. My guess is we'll likely only be back when the situation fits the bill.
Posted by kitchenette at 8:22 PM