Society Cafe

4.5
394 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Society Cafe's Executive Chef Manuel González Charles has quickly worked his way up the culinary ladder from a Tournant role at Michelin Starred Restaurant Mark Forgione to Executive Sous Chef at Laotian favorite Khe-Yo, before accepting the role of Chef de Cuisine at Society Cafe in 2016. He brings his close relationships with local farmers to his dishes at Society Cafe; making seasonal and fresh ingredients the backbone of the restaurant's successful market to table concept. In December 2018, Chef Manuel Gonzalez Charles was named Executive Chef of Society Cafe. Under his direction, diners can expect an elevated and more diverse menu, reflecting Chef Manny's multicultural roots and progressive practices in the kitchen.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 394 people are saying
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SGAAA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great food, cute place, kinda slow service but overall not a bad choice

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vipPattyE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was good but their heating system was broken and the restaurant was freezing which made our expensive unpleasant. Make sure to ask if they have heat before you make a reservation!

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PhilG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’d dined outside in the Summer at Society Cafe and had a great experience so we, and two more friends, returned in February once the COVID restrictions allowed 25% capacity indoor dining. Once again, great food-we had the brick chicken and the short ribs-both outstanding. The staff were especially attentive and in fact after hearing about the recent passing of my father-in-law (who loved Manhattans) brought a complimentary drink in his honor. You have won us over as one of our new neighborhood go-to restaurants!

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William
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good-sized fun, young local crowd. Decent food. Not your average hotel restaurant. Drinks could be a bit stronger, though it has welcoming indoor dining with a fireplace.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were seated outside by the street for brunch on a Saturday (due to pandemic indoor dining ban). The street itself isn’t very pleasant and a bit noisy. I had the omelet which was amazing. My friend had salmon with salad. The servers were sure polite and attentive. We were able to hang out for a while without being bothered. Can’t comment on indoor ambience.

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Gale
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As evidenced by my review, our experience at Society Cafe was outstanding. It was our anniversary and we really needed a break. I found SC on an internet search and couldn't have been more satisfied. We felt so safe and comfortable. The dining room was beautiful, perfectly lit and appointed (loved the fireplace, the beautiful ceiling and the artwork). A guitarist played for us. The food, from appetizers to desert, was DELICIOUS, interesting and beautifully presented. Our drinks, chosen with the help of our server, complimented each course perfectly. Our server Marie (we later found that she was the restaurant manager) couldn't have been more attentive, caring, thoughtful and knowledgable. She made an already wonderful experience even more special as she seemed to know just what to suggest to enhance our experience. We left society cafe with smiles on our faces and "recharged batteries". Thank you Marie and all of your staff for providing us with a wonderful and memorable experience. Can't wait to see you again! All the best, Gale and Rich

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BhavnaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The server and the service was great. I and a friend stayed there talking and no server bothered us for hours by constantly reminding us of the check, which is a rare thing in other places. These small gestures go a long way in building loyalty. I would recommend it to people and I plan to bring more people to the restaurant. Keep up the good work guys.

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MacA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot! The ambiance is incredible - one of the best that I’ve experienced in the city. The dining room is also small, so it’s a very intimate setting, which I liked!

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MariaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Safety measures followed. Live music, great ambiance, service and the decor is gorgeous
Will definitely be back

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vipRaphael
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely restaurant. Ate outside- but inside is great too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing night, food was wonderful, Marie was wonderful.

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vipOliviaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and cozy cold weather vibes. Food was outstanding as was the service. Felt like we were on a little fall getaway not in Manhattan! 10/10 excellent will be returning!

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hannah
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Would suggest.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food service. Like the menu varirty

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ChristinaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

very pleasant for brunch - outdoor seating situation is pretty.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was great. Service was so very slow. The waiting staff seemed stretched and very

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KathyG
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambience.
I would highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff and amazing food. Brunch was great and stayed through dinner because of live music. Thanks for a wonderful dinner night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to come back to society cafe. The food was amazing as always, salmon was so fresh, and my husband had the mushroom pizza which has never failed us. The server/ manager was so amazing and friendly. Such a wonderful experience dining out after the quarantine

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere. Waiter was very attentive to our needs. I don't like salmon, but my wife insisted I try the dish she ordered. I loved their salmon! Their steak was really good. I ordered medium by mistake, and kept contemplating what their rare steak would, but that's on me. My wife is not a fan of tomatoes, but she liked how the tomatoes was served. Also loved the fresh bread.

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vipTruewords
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a nice dinner out. Thanks so much

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LenK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was a pleasant surprise! The food was delicious and it was a pleasure to dine outside. I would absolutely go back.

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GilesC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! What a great meal and our server was incredibly attentive / a pleasure to deal with. 10/10 would recommend.

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MavileZ
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like there so much! Food was delicious! Service is amazing! Restaurant is so fancy. Definitely will come back here again!

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vipLisaK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there for a birthday celebration and everyone enjoyed themselves. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed all the food which was different without being over the top. We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place so much. Marie is amazing, the chef has the best food in the village. Thank you for a great dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We really enjoyed it. The Oysters were excellent but a bit of sticker shock. Close to 6$ each. Yikes.
Ambiance was great. Wine list could use some upgrading.
Food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here a few times and have always had a great meal - tbd food is great Chef quality and the service is very good, a very nice place for a nice relaxed meal

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our Valentine’s Day at society cafe. Despite the small wait we had a great evening. The manager gifted us a glass of Prosecco while we waited for the table. Our server Emma was so helpful with explaining the specials. The squid ink pasta and prons was absolutely amazing. Our desert was our favorite part a heart shaped red velvet cake. Will be back many times more.

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Louise
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I went there for a weekday breakfast. The food was great but the service was indifferent and it took us more than 40 minutes to get a few items when the restaurant wasn’t anywhere near full (maybe 3 other tables).

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DanaA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cozy inviting atmosphere, good food, very pleasant and good waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing here. Staff is very nice and polite. Our server Sindi brought a cake for my birthday. Would recommend to everyone.

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ShanC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

If you're looking for a small bite in the city in a fairly quiet atmosphere this is a good spot. Overall the service was pleasant and unintrusive enough. The food was somewhat lacking in overall flavor - underseasoned perhaps. Our order included some fried items - these seemed either overcooked or soaked in oil. Overall great decor, nice quiet atmosphere, average/okay eats.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here with friends for my birthday and it was the perfect place to enjoy a classy night with friends. We all ordered cocktails from the house specialty cocktails (our favorites were the Dixie hummingbird and the emerald city!) and shared pizza and small bites as appetizers. Our favorites were the wild mushroom pizza and chickpea fries. The entrees were delicious too — I got the butternut squash ravioli. Overall, wonderful service and an absolutely delicious meal. Many thanks to our waitress Rachel ! Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Sindi our server was wonderful and we can’t wait to come back. Definitely Loved the bread pudding

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a dinner birthday party for a good friend of mine, party of 6! My party consist of vegetarians and Thise on Keto diet and Food choice was excellent for all! Except one of our order Halibet fish was completely raw...we could not believe it and they too were astonished! Not sure what chef was doing for that dish 🤦🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️ !! But they apologized profusely and of course we did not pay for it and got replacement dish with no cost! I believe its unfortunate incident ...everything else was absloute perfection , service, place....PERFECT!! we enjoyed it and can’t wait to come back!!! Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in the door everything was amazing. It was so relaxed and cozy... I wanted a very chilled, quiet brunch with my girlfriends and this was just perfect. The food was amazing. Highly recommend it and can’t wait to come back.

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vipTruewords
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again.... amazing! We had a wonderful dinner. The chef is great. The service is great.... Alex was beyond excellent. Their happy hour is great and the longe is cozy. The short rib is best in the city. Please go try it..... but don’t take my seat!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Ordered salmon well done and it came quite rare.

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You can order delivery directly from Society Cafe using the Order Online button. Society Cafe also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Society Cafe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 375-1300.

Society Cafe is rated 4.5 stars by 394 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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