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About Society Cafe

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.

52 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Organic, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Open daily

Breakfast 6:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Lunch 11:30AM- 4:00 PM

Brunch (weekends only) 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Dinner Monday - Sunday 5:30PM - 11:00PM
(Bar opens at 4:00pm)

Happy Hour Monday - Friday 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Bar / Lounge - open until 2 AM

Cross Street:
6 Av & 13th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 300-4525

Website:
http://societycafenyc.com/

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!

Catering:
Off-site catering by Chef Christopher Zabita is available. Please contact events@societycafenyc.com for more information.

Parking Details:
Parking lot is available on the next block - Imperial Parking Systems - 107 West 13th, NY.

Public Transit:
SUBWAY - 14th street (1, 2, 3 lines) or 14th street / Union Square Station (B, D, Q, N, P, R, 4, 5, 6, L)

Executive Chef:
Christopher Zabita

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Details
Sun 5:30PM - 10:45PM

Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 5:30PM - 6:15PM 9:30PM - 10:45PM

Sat 11:00AM - 11:45AM 5:30PM - 6:00PM 10:00PM - 10:45PM

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Society Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

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Quiet

71% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (8)
Cozy (8)
Special Occasion (7)
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Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Authentic (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fun (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Romantic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Although the food was incredible, it was overshadowed by the terrible service we received. Not only were we sitting at the bar staring at our empty table, waiting to be sat by the hostess that seemed to be nowhere, but we waited 10 minutes for the server to come to our table. Though the food was timed well coming from the kitchen, we ordered several rounds of drinks throughout the night and 15-20 minutes went by before we reminded our waiter that we'd ordered drinks. Even then it took another 15-20 minutes to get the drinks. Several in our party were frustrated and ordered two drinks at once to keep up with the slow service. I would understand if there were limited staff or it was busy, but our server was mostly standing near our table.

For such a high-end restaurant the service was not nearly up to the level of quality it should be.

It's a beautiful place with wonderful food. It's a shame the service was not up to par. There are plenty of other beautiful restaurants with 5-star service in New York to spend an evening here, and for that reason I won't be returning.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This place should be good. Great location, great space, good menu, chef has talent. But the restaurant was empty at 8pm on a Friday night and after eating here I understand why. The place is very poorly run, the servers are not good and the manager clearly doesnt run the place well. Further, the food is ok but its just not as good as it should be. Its difficult to describe but something is just off. Overall disappointed with it because it has a lot of potential but its just a poorly run place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I consider this a find. I requested the "least acidic" wine available per glass and ordered a rose; waiter, unasked, brought me a sip to sample before ordering. My friend and I shared the charcuterie appetizer, which could have been lunch for both of us. We ordered salad entrees (mine was best: tuna comfit and baby kale) and then excellent coffee. Will certainly return. Staff was lovely every step of the way.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed brunch with friends. Food was excellent and the service was very attentive without being intrusive. I also thought it was very reasonable and will definitely return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Chef quality food - great service - we really enjoyed our dinner here - very professional all round

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Amazing food, beautiful atmosphere! Chef Christopher is so talented!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Enjoyed a good brunch with attentive service. One small hiccup over an egg white omelette was corrected but it disrupted the flow of the meal. Good space and creative take on local sustainable food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Market to table!
Delicious food based on fresh ingredients.
I had the beets salad and the grilled octopus, totally recommend. And the complementary bread comes right from the oven...
It’a Quiet as most of restaurant hotels but it’s worth the visit!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Loved the chic decor!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Way too noisy - there was a party going on (in the restaurant - not the bar!) Would not go back to this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a wonderful 80th birthday celebration at Society Cafe. We were there for a Saturday brunch. The food was wonderful, as was the service. We enjoyed the appetizers: DiPalo's burrata and mushrooms, the charred romaine Caesar salad, and shishito peppers. The entrees were delicious: Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise was a hit; the olive oil pancakes; brioche french toast. The pastry chef made a birthday cake just for us, chocolate cake with whipped cream and bananas. The space is lovely and the seating was comfortable and spacious. We loved that we were able to have a conversation without shouting. We will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food at Society Cafe is excellent. It is fresh, well spiced, prepared in unusual ways, and absolutely delicious. The service was not so good. First of all, the wine pour is stingy at best. When we raised this to the waiter, he argued instead of generously adding to the scant amount in our glasses. He had difficulty describing the dishes (e.g. he assumed we knew what "charred pasta" is). Also, the waiter was incredibly annoying - he stood a few feet from the table and commented on our conversation. We just wanted him to go away!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Talk about a delicious experience from start to finish !!
There are some serious culinary skills going on in the kitchen here with delicious offerings. Our waiter Ryan was very attentive too, and knows the wine list and suggested nice pairings with our meal.
We will definitely be back ;)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. Had a reservation and table was ready and waiting. Service was fabulous. Food and bloody Mary's also fabulous.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I left hungry after paying a large bill which felt like i had been defrauded

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nice decor, but that’s were it ended. Food was mediocre at best, service was ok, but the manager was rude. We spent $500, and they couldn’t call us a taxi, we flagged ond down ourselves.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Good to very good food served in an emigrant quiet atmosphere by attentive waitstaff. Awesome popovers!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Good food limited menu Great place for a cocktail we were a big table which is hard to get in NYC great pop overs and had good tile fish disk attentive service

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Went to entertain business clients on a Sunday early evening. Aside from a few other people, we were the only ones there, which made it comfortable and relatively quiet. Keep in mind, this place was A LONG WAY AWAY from being busy.

Weirdly, however, the bar "ran out" of one of the pre-mixed signature, seasonal cocktails - the Boogie Woogie (really? pre-mixing in 2017 in NYC? not cool). Whatever, wasn't a deal breaker.

We ordered a bunch of appetizers and pasta-dishes-as-entrees for the table to share as a first course. Everyone ordered their own entrees, and we also ordered 1 each of their 3 side-dishes to come out with the entrees for everyone to share. So, of course, the side-dishes didn't make it out when the entrees came out. I had asked about it and was told that the kitchen was "firing them now". 30 minutes later, everyone more or less finished their entrees, and no side-dishes to be seen.

We, of course, were not charged for the side dishes, but seriously? You had MAYBE 10% seated of the full capacity the space can hold when it's really slammed, and the kitchen just "forgot" to get the side dishes fired in time to come out with the entree? Why, because they were so slammed with other orders? Not sure what's up with that, but it sort of left a negative feeling at the end.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Such a great spot! It wasn't that crowded, which I was surprised about. It had excellent service, great food, & we didn't have to yell to be heard.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Lovely restaurant that's pleasantly bright during the day thanks to a large skylight in the dining room. Everyone is friendly, service is very pleasant, and the food is delicious. We went for brunch... the olive oil pancakes are amazing, and they make a tasty sangria. The bar is great too. Coming back in a few weeks to host a celebratory brunch - the manager was extremely kind and accommodating during the process of coordinating the arrangements. We can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food was excellent, a little slow to make it to our table. Loved the design of the space. The staff apologized for the delay and were trying their best.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

I have been to the Society cafe twice and both times it was a lovely dining expereience. First I came with my mom and a friend for lunch, food was excellent! Then I came with a party of 9 for a bachelorette. We felt extremely welcomed at the Society Cafe, the director of sales even stopped by the table and offered a round of bubbles. Highly recommend! Great food, lovely atmosphere and nice staff!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great spot for a breakfast business meeting. Delicious food, and great coffee. Jorge was an excellent server.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went for the NY Restaurant week which was a three course lunch menu for $29. It was a great value and the portions were really well-sized. The food was delicious! The roasted carrots which sound like a somewhat boring dish were amazing! The main was also really good and the dessert was to die for (chocolate hazelnut tart with caramel gelato). Super rich but super delicious. My husband got a club sandwich which we were a little disappointed in- it really had nothing special to set it apart, but I guess what do you expect from a club sandwich?
The ambiance was nice and the service was very attentive. I would return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Our experience was wonderful. Our server was extremely attentive and courteous. The food food was delicious. I look forward to dining with you again in the near future... we had an amazing experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

A good destination for creative dining in the heart of the Village. The food is good, but realize that you are paying boutique hotel restaurant prices - in other words, come when you can write off the bill! We came during Restaurant Week, and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and I got the wine pairing, which was a steal at 3 glasses of wine for $25, when the cheapest glass of wine on their regular menu was $14, but half of our bill was alcohol (for those who didn't choose the wine pairing) and aside from me, everyone got a single drink.

So - to sum up, creative and appetizing food, but very pricey. Beware the alcohol!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The air conditioning is very cold!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Drinks were pretty expensive - a glass of wine started at $15 and cocktails at $18. Unfortunately, I found a hair in one of the cocktails I had, so I was hesitant about the rest of the food. Expensive for that place - would rather go to a nice steakhouse for the amount we paid.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Some of the best food I've had in the city but the place was empty on a Friday night. It's a very nice space but needs music and a vibe

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Highly recommend!! Creative, highly detailedin quality...

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Too loud. Both music and other guests.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 26, 2017

The food was very good although very pricey. Service was good and prompt. I would definitely return there for breakfast.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Ridiculously loud. Allowed two tables to dominate the whole restaurant We were literally on the other side of the room trying to have a business conversation.

I won't be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Quaint restaurant within the Walker Hotel, where we were staying. Our first night in NYC, and a special silver anniversary celebration...we could not have been more thoroughly disappointed! Although the food was creative and definitely top-notch, the service and loud, inappropriate music were totally unacceptable. Hopefully it was because it was a Monday night. Totally understaffed (especially in the kitchen) and unsophisticated (especially in the front of the house). Had to wait in excess of an hour between courses (... without explanation) when there was hardly anyone in the restaurant! Never acknowledged us, or our reservation, when we arrived. A total fiasco, which even management, when confronted, acknowledged. Either mismanagement... or on the cheap and on the way out. Not sure which.
Very questionable that this place can continue to solely rely on the chef for its ongoing reputation...the support team ain't to be seen anywhere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

What a cool location within Walker Hotel! I can't say enough about my experience at Society Cafe. To begin, the service was undeniably some of the best I've ever received. Everyone I encountered made me feel welcomed and completely at ease. The manager even stopped by our table to ensure we were well taken care of. The menu by Chef Zabita is thoughtful, unique and incredibly inviting. The Black Bass and Hanger Steak are out of this world! Did I mention this guy makes his own pasta? I've seen other reviewers complain about the price and I don't get it. If you can't appreciate the value of good food, you need to go back to food school. If you're tired of the same old wine & dine, treat yourself and another to Society Cafe and be prepared to lose your socks.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We ate at Society Cafe for mother's day. It is located inside a Hotel in a great location in Greenwich Village. An elevator was available although the steps leading to the ground floor were manageable. The brunch was very good with many options for our party of six. Fresh squeezed orange juice was excellent. Nice natural light was provided by windows above the dinning room. Will come back and again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Excellent hidden restaurant

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The service is exceptional and the food is excellent. They have a limited wine list, but their reisling on tap is good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

It's a great space in a hotel. When there are large groups or lots of filled tables it can get noisy but we were there around 2 pm on a Saturday afternoon and it was perfect. Just us!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Great for Brunch
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