I had a pretty productive yet satisfyingly restful weekend last week. My gal pal Christine, lovingly known as Chrispytine (the one and only) and I met up at Club Street Social after my photo shoot last Saturday to catch up on girly talk. It was both our first time at this joint, which from what I had gathered is a new kid on the block. I guess we must’ve arrived at a really good time (3pm-ish) and missed the weekend brunch crowd, coz it was not too busy there during that time and we managed to find a cozy table for two at the back corner.
For a moment, being in Club Street Social transported me back to LES (short for Lower East Side; a neighborhood in downtown Manhattan where I hung out at frequently). I guess I never paid much attention and must’ve have taken LES or the subtle interior design details that stand for Manhattan for granted before. It’s pretty clear how the subway tiles on the floor spelling out the eatery’s name at the entrance, the exposed brick walls, the soaring tall ceilings were all reminiscent of old New York lofts. In particular the wooden bar with marble countertop gave me a deja vu feeling as it was a very similar setup as The Meatball Shop on Stanton Street (yes, that’s in LES). The branding/menu design/visual design of Club Street Social has a similar vibe to TMS. Heck, the first time I heard the name Club Street Social I immediately thought of Stanton Social (also in LES). Even the floor to ceiling metal-and-glass front doors reminded me of Essex Restaurant and Bar (no surprise, also in LES).
Heh, I heart LES. A lot, if you can’t already tell.
Club Street Social serves light fare, such as salad, soup and sandwiches. I went for the Grilled Ribeye with Caramelized Garlic and Fontina Cheese Panini, while Christine had Granola + Fresh Berries + Yogurt. It was a slow and cozy afternoon as we swapped stories over Lemon Tart which we shared for dessert. The place was pretty much empty and we had it all for ourselves. Food was a-okay, price was decent, portion was decent. Nothing super “wow” but the company more than made up for it. :) That’s the kind of weekends I enjoy… just chillin’ over some chow, having engaging conversations and just watching your shadow slowly elongate in the lazy late afternoon sun. So relaxing and gentle on the soul.
It’s lovely to have a place like this in Singapore, but one sentiment definitely rings loud and true for me: Lower East Side, I miss you lots!
(Been away from NY for waaaaaaaaaayyy too long now… Want.To.Go.Home.Soon.)