We (my boyfriend and I) were so happy to see when NE Social opened. We live in Minnetonka, but own two duplexes mere blocks from NE Social, and are always looking for great reasons to come into town and enjoy a great dinner. NE Social provides this without exception.
I have never been there when it hasn't been completely packed. Reservations are a must, but are not too hard to get a few weeks in advance of your date. Each of the four times we have gone, we have gotten the cheese special of the day. HIGHLY recommend this as the start to your meal . It's always different, of high quality and creates a very memorable start to your night.
The servers are very adept at wine suggestions, and they have a wine menu that is very nice that isn't going to break the bank. Typically, I have found myself ordering the special of the night, so I can't really speak to 'must-have' menu items. I can tell you that from fish to fowl - I have never been disappointed in my meal, and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
The low lighting, opulent bar and general feeling that the place is simply hopping gives it the perfect date night atmosphere. In the summer, they have front windows that fully open which gives a great connection to the outside. The street that NE Social is on is adorable - very well developed area with all unique options - no chains. The ONLY comment that I have is that in the winter, it can be a little cold sitting near the door. The staff does everything they can (curtain around door area, fans, etc) to prevent the cold breezes, but if you are a cold person, I would advise making your reservations early and asking for a table near the back, away from the draft.
In addition to enjoying NE Social for a date night, it's also a great place to bring out of town relatives. My parents love coming back to this place and enjoy the feeling of being out on the town.
I can't say enough about the experiences I have had there. I am heading back in two weeks to have dinner with some friends that just moved to the NE area. I can't wait to show off this gem, and enjoy another great meal.
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