Society Cafe

4.3
177 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Hidden inside the charming Walker Hotel Greenwich Village, Society Cafe is a new market-to-table American restaurant by rising-star chef, Christopher Zabita. Chef Zabita's training in award-winning restaurants such as Victoria and Alberts, Bar Boulud and Marc Forgione has prepared him for his new passion project at Society Cafe as he takes the helm of the kitchen as Executive Chef.

Relying on the purveyors at the nearby Union Square Farmers Market where he personally shops 4-days per week, Chef Zabita has created an evolving, seasonal menu that is sustainable and locally sourced. The beautiful new dining room features accents of walnut, leather and teal for a modern yet sophisticated surrounding.

Guests bask in natural light over breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch from the stunning skylight above. As the sun sets, the fireplace adds a soft, warm inviting glow while the downtown crowd comes alive in true New York City fashion.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Organic, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Bar
Daily 4:00 pm–1:00 am
Dinner
Mon, Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 300-4525
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Christopher Zabita
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Catering
Off-site catering by Chef Christopher Zabita is available. Please contact events@societycafenyc.com for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
6 Av & 13th Street
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Parking details
Parking lot is available on the next block - Imperial Parking Systems - 107 West 13th, NY.
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Public transit
SUBWAY - 14th street (F, L)14th street (1, 2, 3 lines)14th street / Union Square Station (B, D, Q, N, P, R, 4, 5, 6)PATH-14th street
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Entertainment
Since the turn of the 20th Century, Greenwich Village has always been known as a true artists haven and the bohemian enclave of New York City. Named after the original Cafe Society of the 1930's, Walker Hotel and Society Cafe have teamed up with Smalls Jazz Club to bring you exclusive one-night engagements with world renowned artists! Visit our website for more details!
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Special events & promotions
From large format dinners to private parties, Society Cafe can accommodate a maximum of 74 persons for a seated dinner or a 100 person cocktail styled event.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 5:30PM - 10:45PM
Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 6:30PM 9:30PM - 10:45PM
Sat 11:00AM - 11:45AM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:45PM

What 177 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Food wasn't good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good.

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RS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff, all the food was amazing. Perfect date spot

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LL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting NYC so was a great choice to eat our Thanksgiving meal there.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great place for a nice dinner to have a conversation. Food is not spectacular, but solid. Ambiance is awesome. Great Bar.

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked Society Cafe based on reviews and pics and were SO impressed. The ambiance is fantastic... warm, soft lighting and design. Felt like a vintage salon. Read reviews citing noise issues but we were on the early side and had no problem. Started with a round of excellent cocktails, then shared plates and dessert, all wonderful. We’ll make this a stop on our next visit for sure.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Nice space and staff, but they seem overmatched by the overly loud pop music, the slow kitchen, a poor set of wine choices, and incomplete descriptions of menu items.

It feels like a restaurant that is trying to please the staff before the customers.

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JS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Must say I was pleasantly surprised. Outstanding service, yummy food, and lovely dining room...it was a great brunch and a great setting for me and 5 other friends. I'd definitely come back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food some of the worse I have had in my 18 years living in nyc.

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F
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Came here for our anniversary, hoping for a quiet spot. We were given a nice banquette but could hardly enjoy our food because of the noise. The acoustics are terrible - between the yelling patrons and the loud thumping music we had to scream to each other to be heard. The food was good, though portions were rather small and pricey. The service was extremely slow.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! The Mushroom, Gruyere Omelette was very tasty!

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dined here as a group of 6. The ambiance is great, very elegant and classy. Some people in the group had cocktails which they said were good. Food was delicious, on a par with other restaurants of this type. The scallops in particular were cooked perfectly (though we always wish there were more!) A great evening with friends, and we would return.

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LM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with family. Cute location. Hotel has a lot of character. Would definitely recommend.

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JS
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Went for brunch and our server never checked in with us once our food arrived. Brunch means cocktails...several. Or at least a bottle of something. My friends and I love to linger and indulge at brunch, as I think a lot of people do, so keep the drinks coming (and your bill & tip growing!). But we had sad, empty glasses for most of our meal. Food was DELICIOUS (croque madame pizza for me!), and the restaurant space is wonderful. But not only did our server not return to our table, he just never even looked our way. He was on the other side of the room and we kept trying to get his attention, but never even glanced over. FINALLY, after our plates were busses away, he came over to ask if we wanted the bill. We would have stayed and racked up that bill, but instead we got the check and then found a wine bar not far away to continue our imbibing. We loved everything else, so will have to try again and hope for better service before completely writing this lovely place off.
P.S. The restaurant wasn't even half full, so it wasn't because he was so busy.

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m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

very charming out of the way place with great food.. breakfast lunch and dinner. note lunch has a limited menu

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HK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came for the atmosphere and were completely taken by the food. Fluffy omelet, scrumptious olive oil pancakes, and perfectly roasted carrot salad (really, the unexpected star of the brunch). Coffee was also excellent and our waiter attentively kept our cups full. Service started off slow but once the waiter arrived, it was nothing but first-rate.

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w
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Low ceiling made for bad acoustics. We were placed adjacent to a party of 10 even though we booked weeks ahead. Asked for a table change but no could do. Decibel level was excruciatingly overwhelming. Waiter was hardly there to pour the bottle of decanted burgundy. Simply ate and ran. Ringing ears was no fun.

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o
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

the food was below average. my scallops were only caramelized on one side! the other side was a sad white.

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JK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu! Superb presentation and taste! Excellent customer service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The ambiance was perfect and service was at its best (though a little overbearing at times). Loved it and it is now one of my favorites in Manhattan.

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g
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and Food . The staff was very attentive !

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BL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just had a meal with my team leader at my office. It was great! amazing starter. pizza. burger.. and super impressive interior! definitely coming back

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NY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, attentive and professional service, and good food. Nice weekday night dinner b

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Though the venue was comfortable and well-appointed, the food was only mediocre (iced tea was very bitter in particular) and it was very difficult to get the server’s attention.

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DW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Society Cage is my absolute favorite neighborhood restaurant and we love our server Cecilia.

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TR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room with a natural light from the overhead skylight and comfortable, elegant decor. Service was perfect: friendly, attentive, considerate. My friends and I liked the food at brunch. The olive oil pancakes were a bit disappointing but we loved the truffle mushroom pizza! Will definitely return and i highly recommend.

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p
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Breakfast pizza was amazing. Loved sitting under the skylight - hidden gem

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HS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Loved the setting and the glass windpw above our table let in the perfect amount of light. I had the Olive Oil Pancakes which comes topped with mixed berries and a vanilla cream. Delicious!

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Good for business meeting. Desert was the most memorable! Lemon tart heaven!

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YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place was definitely worth a visit. The decor and ambiance were very modern, classy, and tasteful. The menu had a good selection of food, for both a brunch and a nice dinner, and the wine list was fair. The cocktail choices were somewhat limited but fairly experimental. I had come here with a friend during Restaurant Week and the service we received was still very good. As for the meal, I ordered squid ink cavatelli as a first course, skirt steak for the main, and chocolate peanut butter cake for the dessert. The cavatelli with chorizo was very good, although slightly too spicy for me, and the skirt steak was fantastic as well, although very salty. The chocolate peanut butter cake was a bit too sweet, but the ice cream it was paired with was delicious. I also ordered the 'little flower' cocktail, which was cute and presentable but had far too much vodka to really be considered a 'flowery' prosecco drink. The complimentary bread presented at the beginning was also very good, and quite eggy, as was the herby butter we were given. The servers also noticed how much we liked the bread so they brought out a second one for us, which was nice. Overall, the experience was pleasant. I would consider coming here for brunch and trying their pizzas. The only real qualm I would have, is that the bathroom is so far away. You would have to go down some stairs, past the kitchen, and down a hall to the restrooms which are also accessible by the fitness center in the hotel so you might have a bit of a wait at times.

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D
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately our experience was a big disappointment. My friend ordered a salad with added chicken. The kitchen forgot to add chicken. I ordered a small plate-- carrots and ricotta. Carrots were very undercooked and hard, and the ricotta was invisible. It is a beautiful looking place however.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the neighborhood and decided to give this place a try. Couldn't have been more pleased. The trout was cooked to perfection, the space was comfortable and attractive - perfect on a really rainy afternoon - and the service was great. We'll be back.

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely find - Excellent bartender. Made great martini! Decor a little disjointed like its not totally sure what its image should be. But we enjoyed ourselves and staff overall was very good.

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s
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service
Food really interesting. Had 4 small plates for 2 people. Octopus great. Ditto whole wheat pizza. And pop overs to start
Unusually quiet for village restaurant and tables far apart

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VY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambience was nice and warm. Staff was welcoming and very attentive though restaurant menu was not served until requested. The food was sublime, everything was very skilfully prepared, which could only be acknowledged by your taste buds.

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SR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, but a bit pricey. Convenient location.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Really average. Service was a little short and food was not great - fish really dry.
Wine was great and desert was good

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k
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Andre was a superb host. Would come again just to eat with him.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great. The drinks were also great!

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The space is beautiful, as it is comfortable and appropriate to have conversation. I highly recommend this restaurant for a weeknight dinner and for a date. They have a great happy hour as well. I will definitely be back!

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