Society Cafe

4.6
490 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 490 people are saying
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TimG
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance, tucked away in the back away from the hustle of the NY streets. After dinner drinks by the fireplace in the lobby is a must.

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vipJack55
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, romantic, a gem. Shhh dont tell anyone.

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vipVizzy
New England
69 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool location and decor. Service and food were great. A nice find!

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Jaddea
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place is an absolute gem. I've already been twice... and i'll definitely be going again soon...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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steve
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Located in the Walker Hotel's cellar, but worth a stop even if you're not staying at the property. We had early reservations so that we could make it to a show, so the place was not very crowded. Our server, Jesus, was gracious, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.
We started with cocktails and an appetizer of chick pea fries. The cocktails were on point (I loved the Black Manhattan -- kind of a combo of a manhattan and an old fashioned) and the chick pea fries were tasty.
Our main courses were the skirt steak for me and the short rib special for my wife. Everything from protein to sides was outstanding.
We didn't stay for dessert because we had to move on, but would revisit this place in an instant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to spend Christmas in New York and to have Christmas Eve dinner at Society Cafe. The ambience was wonderful for the holidays and we had a terrific, attentive and welcoming host that made sure we had everything we needed to enjoy the evening. The food was wonderful, and the staff were on point throughout our entire dinner. We’d love to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Classy, cozy restaurant - great for girls night, date night, and birthdays. Both entrees that we ordered were good, the Alaskan salmon with coconut curry and the risotto. I will surely bring my husband to try their signature cocktails next time.

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Elissa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible and the place is decorated for Christmas with live music.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Oh, you know… 😏😏😏

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ElizabethC
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Society Cafe did not disappoint! It would be great if there were a few more gluten free options, but I feel that way about everywhere I go so it's nothing abnormal! Would absolutely go back soon ... in fact I'm already making plans for a return when my family comes to visit from out of town! The beautiful, cozy ambiance is really unmatched.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place - loved the decorations and their bread is the best

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, great food. Lovely dining area

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ClarenceW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience at Society Cafe, service and food were top notch. We had sticky rice and a society pizza to start. We had the short ribs and chicken for dinner and a creme brulee for dessert. Everything was seasoned well and on point. Drinks were great and the server was attentive, will come back and highly recommend.

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vipLalouBize
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a charming space with a skylight--looks more Boston or Philadelphia than NYC. There's good space between tables, good service. The menu is an amalgam. My two courses were good, not great (but I'm a food writer and picky).

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Chicken was great and so were the drinks. Reasonably priced for nyc

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Javier
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the bartender was amazing. Loved the Ravioli and Short Ribs!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time at Society Cafe. The food was excellent and we loved the ambiance. So beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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Martin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You guys did it again, Amazing food and service ! Thank you

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AVVV
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great space, great service -- would def come back

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Martin
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely top notch every step of the way. Never had a glass bottom out, food timely, adjusted our table without asking, cleared at just the right time. The level of freshness was apparent in all dishes- short ribs, special butternut squash ravioli and pizza. Will be back for sure.

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JessieNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food mediocre, service excruciatingly slow, ambiance dreary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful!

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vipSandraH111
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really gorgeous spot for cocktails and pizza. The wheat croque Madame and margarita pizzas were amazing. Service was very good, would recommend!

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MichaelE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Host very accommodating. Was early for our table and it was no problem. Beautiful, romantic setting. Music a bit too loud.

Server not very good. Buss-persons much more attentive and basically took care of us.

Food quite excellent and VERY tasty, but came from kitchen barely room temperature. Had to be sent back. I put that on the server, frankly. Once heated, was fine. Good strong drinks!

Would definitely go back.

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trigburk
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful room. Good food. Our dishes were not as hot as we liked but they made up for it with a thank you dessert.

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vipJackWack
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG! The short ribs dish is too die for! Have it with the Cabernet Sauvignon! Truly delicious. I might go back to NYC just for that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good service from host and server. The french toast was amazing. Ambiance is romantic

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ZachB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed up 15 minutes before breakfast turned into lunch and they wouldn’t serve us menus from the brunch menu. Waiter was rude and slow.

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vipNYCC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this place. The food and drinks were unique and had wonderful flavors. The staff is attentive and friendly. The dinning room is pretty and decor is perfect for a fall/winter dinner or drink. I will definitely return.

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Barbarita
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/31/21. Charming, great service and best hollandaise sauce ever!

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larryc
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. My friend I took for the first time loved it. The burger is amazing. Great place

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Lovtotaste
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved the food and the cafe! I’ll be going back.

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KarenM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, creative food. Warm and attentive service. Beautiful space. We were surprised at how reasonable the prices were. Would definitely go back for brunch, and we are looking forward to trying dinner.

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vipLaurieR
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so charmed by the sophisticated and hidden away coziness and classiness of Society Cafe. It was a lucky find and the food was absolutely delicious. The service was equally good, as our many specific requests were noted and the execution of the meal delivery and accuracy was superb. Well done, Society Cafe and Thank you!

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ManOMan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service. Way too loud. Hard to have conversation with guests who were sitting next to me. Good was above average. Apps were better than entrees.

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vipNitaK
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

So so dinner and the service was not good. Spilled water and did not clean it up. Please know that was not the issue it was the attitude that came along with it. It’s a decent spot and expected much better.

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Sylvain
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Society Cafe was a treat to eat at on a late Saturday morning. Even with the openness of the dining area, the noise level never got too loud and the ambience was even more improved with a live coffeehouse-esque guitarist. The natural light of the space was also refreshing. The food was great - ordered the Society Burger. Normally I'd balk at a 22 dollar burger, but the dish was certainly very close to meeting that value. Perhaps more surprising and worthwhile was the fresh orange juice! Especially speaking as a weekend visitor to the city, Society Cafe is a great spot to start a day, especially with other Meatpacking District POIs like Little Island and Chelsea Market a short walk away.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente brunch

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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 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 4.6 stars by 490 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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