New York’s reopening of the Stand aims for a lofty goal: to be a comedy club with food that doesn’t suck. For this ambition, the new Union Square location of the club has brought on Harold Villarosa, a chef who previously worked at Per Se as well as Denmark’s acclaimed Noma, for an American restaurant above the comedy club.
The menu at the Stand — opening Friday at 116 East 16th St., between Park Avenue South and Irving Place — features a raw bar with oysters, clams, and crab claws, as well as other simple starters like charcuterie and a blue crab hummus. Pizzas cooked in a brick oven include a white pie with clams and a rotating seasonal pie. The brick oven also delivers snacks like charred cauliflower and grilled sardines.
For mains, there are rotisserie meats, including a lamb leg and a half or whole chicken as well as a half or whole duck. And a “fast plates” portion of the menu has snacks like a crab roll, ricotta gnudi, charred prawns with homemade masa tortillas, and a burger for just $7. Most dishes are under $20. See the full menu below.
The restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, seats 140 and features velvet banquettes. The comedy club portion is located beneath the restaurant and will offer a tightened version of the food menu. Cocktails come from Christian Orlando, who previously worked at Seamstress and Henry at the Life Hotel.
The Stand originally opened in Gramercy in 2012 and closed at that location in June 2018 with plans to open in a larger location. The new two-level space in Union Square is now open for dining, drinking, and entertainment.