Society Cafe

4.5
413 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 413 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
52 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
10 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.

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vipMinnieB
New York Area
29 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
9 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
3 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
8 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
6 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
Washington DC
19 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
7 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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vipTheNewYorker
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

I am sad to write this review. My best friend and I had our first pandemic dinner experience here. I have been here a few times before. This time the outside dining had “ZERO” creative thought. Tables and chairs on the sidewalk with people walking by right next to us. This is the second dining experience here where I was embarrassed that the staff service did NOT know how to redeem my OpenTable rewards to cover my bill. The first time after many managers, they got it. This time the waitress declined in any extra effort to support. I provided everything and had to pay regularly. I lost $100 in value that is still associated with this restaurant. I suggest the management train their staff in a program they have chosen to participate in. I will not be back, nor will any of my peers.

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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.

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 4.5 stars by 413 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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