Society Cafe

4.7
428 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 428 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.7
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CarlyS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious restaurant week menu, we (party of 5) were all very happy with our meals.

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vipGOpenTable
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week 2021 - tasty choices, balanced tastes, perfect portion sizes. Great deal.

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vipRobertH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was tasty and the ambiance was nice, but they kept saying they were out of certain dishes when my friend (whose birthday it was) tried to order them. Disappointed in the service a bit.

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vipdancingfoodie
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Just discovered this gem because of Restaurant Week. All 3 courses were excellent, even the brioches. Good service. Will be wonderful when I risk eating indoors again -- sadly, their outdoor tables are completely open, which means all the busy street's loud traffic and exhaust fumes invade. Much better and quieter after/before rush hour. Indoor spaces are lovely, and there's an elevator. The only downside is the distance of restrooms: many stairs or 2 different elevators.

The other downside was that the menu was only accessible with a phone app. I'd left my phone home, and my friend's phone's battery was dead. There was no printed menu available, but the waiter kindly used his phone to pull it up.

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vipKeithR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Quite the treat to be able to enjoy great food and beverages while also having a conversation in which none of us had to raise our voices!

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vipAmberN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Slow service. Cocktails weren’t great. Food was amazing though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Society Cafe. We sat in the dining area and the food and drinks were very good. They had fantastic live music by a guitarist who played our favorite songs. The atmosphere was really nice and i would definitely recommend this place :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Lovely ambiance. Perfection!

MB
MaureenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great good, lovely old New York ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most amazing salmon. Great vibes

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing people, amazing food. The chef is one of the best in the city. And the staff is the nicest and kindest. The live music wasn’t as great. I was told he starts at 5 but didn’t show up until 545. Other than that. I will always come back.

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bobdindc
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went to Society Cafe with a friend and a former professor of mine. The meal was delicious (though a bit on the pricey side), the service was excellent, and the seating was comfortable. My only complaint was that the background music was too loud. Why do restaurants think we all need to be entertained 24/7? I didn't go there to listen to music but to talk to my friends.

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Luv2dine
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. Restaurant was beautiful and staff was great. We loved it and will eat here again. Sticky rice appetizer was fantastic😀

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vipMichaelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really excellent dinner. Everything from the cocktails to the popovers with chive butter hit the spot. Great ambience. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I had the Half Chicken Under A Brick" which did not seem to be cooked in the standard way that particular dish is cooked. As a result, the chicken was dry and bland, opposite of the way it is supposed to be with that cooking method. The service was poor even though they were not busy, it was slow and indifferent.

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Elena
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first visit was for Brunch, and the entire experience was thoroughly enjoyable. The location is charming, with a lot of space between diners. There was live music. Service was attentive. Of course, you go for the food also: avocado toast and eggs benedict with salmon -- superb!

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MichaelM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

While the wait staff was friendly and the food was DELICIOUS, the maître d’ was very rude/passive aggressive when my friend was under the impression she was ordering an non-alcoholic drink and mistakenly thought the one she was given was alcoholic. He proceeded to laugh at her and then pour the tea in front of her. While this ensured it was fresh, there was a negative attitude.

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vipkasnyc
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place with good food (great pancakes!) and friendly staff.

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Ilovefoodattheseplaces
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great food, great service staff. Very accommodating will continue to come here for their attention and care of their customers.

MB
vipMinnieB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For brunch we both had the eggs Benedict with sides of salad and crunchy roasted new potatoes and big cups of coffee ; we shared the chickpea fritters with tzatziki dipping sauce. Everything was perfectly executed. The decor is lovely inside and the service was good. I gave back my Bloody Mary as it was very sharp with horseradish for my taste and they substituted for a mimosa without charging me for both. It was nice to eat indoors fir a change. We were seated in a huge semi -circular booth. Very comfy.

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Jaddea
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was great... also so many great places inside to snap an Instagram worthy pic ... and the food was good as well.. I got the chicken and waffles sandwich... tasty!!!

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Olivia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The aesthetic, food, and service was terrific. This was my first time at Society Cafe- brought some friends from out of town, and it was the perfect spot for dinner and drinks. We'll be back!

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vipGeorgeS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for drinks, nibbles or dinner. The live music was an extra bonus!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This spot is hidden away, but was a gem! The ambience was very sophisticated and relaxed. My friends and I met up for dinner and we got a cozy corner booth next to the live jazz performer. We all got cocktails and personal pizzas and everything was delicious!

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vipShannon
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and innovative cocktail list! The short ribs are a MUST try melt in your mouth sensation. Great and attentive service and lovely atmosphere. I highly recommend. Great for a date!

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LauraM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great, attentive staff. Nice live music.

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Anonymous
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Pizzas were pretty bad, found 3 hairs in one of them.

Society Cafe
Responded on March 30, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to reach put to our team. We are disappointed to hear of your experience and would like to assure you that our kitchen staff wears the appropriate kitchen uniform. We take your feedback very seriously and hope this doesn't deter you from coming back. Thank you MGMT

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and the live music was a nice touch.

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Aruna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Really aesthetic! Love the ambiance & it’s super clean

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vipEFOT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Great staff...friendly, engaging, responsive. Live guitarist was a nice touch. Food was enjoyable. Fine spot for a bite if you live in the neighborhood, but the ambiance doesn’t set up as an early date spot.

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jaredr
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food..blood orange mimosa carafe Great value...potatoes A++

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SGAAA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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

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vipPattyE
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
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 on February 20, 2021
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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vipSamS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I absolutely loved it here. It seems pretty posh because of how nice the outside is and because it's located inside a hotel, but it's super low key once you're seated in the restaurant area. The brunch food and cocktails are delicious and it's not overpriced like many other places in the city. They social distance really well and I felt super safe and comfortable. Highly recommend.

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William
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
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
New York Area
22 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.

FAQs

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 4.7 stars by 428 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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