Society Cafe

4.6
452 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 452 people are saying
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Sylvain
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente brunch

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vipAnne
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give "service" a 10 I would. Food and drinks all delicious.

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DMC718
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great cocktails and excellent service. I just wish the menu wasn’t so limited.

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JosephS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olive oil pancakes were delicious, and that bacon was about as thick but as I've seen. Very good!

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is a very pretty, comfortable restaurant. The maitre d and the waiter were very attentive and accommodating. The special large plate of scallops was superb. A favorite place only sorry it is not in our neighborhood.

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JochenW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This little gem is hidden inside the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village. It offers well-priced brunch items in a relatively more quiet and spacious atmosphere, compared to many other places filled with hustle and bustle. The crispy sticky rice was phenomenal, and the truffle-egg filled pop-over amazing. Definitely a location to return to!

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EricB
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally, a New York restaurant where I have found food well-prepared and presented, not merely "cooked". It's not in my neighborhood, but I will definitely return. Very pleasant experience.

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vipMad4art
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The was absolutely nothing we didn't like.
Everythig was top notch- from recommendations that proved to be correct to artful plating to sublime tasted dishes.

Thank you for making us feel special.
MB

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vipStevenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

a very charming place inside of a Hotel basement. The servers are very attentive and friendly. However, my dish Shakshuka was underwhelmed. The tomato sauce tasted like Progresso Jar pasta sauce. Everything else was tasty.

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PramilaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipAHGonOT
Toronto
77 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hotel bar / restaurant that the locals enjoy - and as a visitor I completely enjoyed - great service , food and Art Deco ambience at a respectable price - in a fine well located boutique hotel

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vipAngelaK
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This restaurant is in a lovely setting in the village. However, the food was quite disappointing. Burger was average, pizza below average. Drinks were weak.

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vipSandiEzB
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent— starting with burrata with grilled peaches and the watercress salad. The popover bread was delicious and hot. Our entrees were perfectly prepared— salmon and steak.
We skipped dessert because of the lackluster ambience. It’s essentially a hotel restaurant. The lobby is very cool but that vibe does not carry through. It was freezing, too.
Service was fair — just bare minimum. For the price, we expected so much more. We won’t come back and I doubt I’d recommend it—maybe as a hotel option but certainly not a date night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

They allowed me to book an 8:30 reservation and the moment we sat down we were approached by 2 different staff members that the “kitchen was closing and we had to order immediately.” We had no time to order cocktails, wine, or starters. We were the only people in the restaurant which felt awkward. The moment we signed the check they turned the lights all the way on and made it apparent that they wanted us to leave. Don’t allow late reservations if you won’t provide a full serviced dinner.

The food was mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dining experience all around, the place felt like a hidden gem. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eggs Benedict was spectacular! The bartender was an absolute pleasure.

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Scott
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere, food and service at a reasonable price for NYC. Ask not to be seated near the bar where it gets loud.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Ambiance is welcoming & very charming! Great classic cocktails, food & service! Staff are extremely knowledgeable of all menus and made great recommendations! Food is delicious-mussels are 😋Hidden gem in Greenwich Village! ✨

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vipAngie
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place tucked away in a boutique hotel. The service was exceptional. The food , delicious.
Went with friends. We sampled each other’s meal.
The arancini and panzanelle salad were delish.
( almost as good as my nonna’s)

For entrees we had trout and salmon. Recommend both.
Will be going back !

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Was a great atmosphere with lovely food, would come back!

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vipJablam
Omaha
11 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Absolutely delicious food! Lovely surroundings but it was very crowded and noisy. Seemed understaffed so service was slow, but courteous.

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RitaD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My guest and I always feel welcomed at Society Cafe. The staff goes above and beyond with making certain that we are enjoying our meal and share the occasional levity - which is very much appreciated. Bravo !!! Society Cafe and Staff !

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CarlyS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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JanetC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for restaurant week and were delighted with the food and the menu. We hope to return. Farm to table food was delicious.

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vipGOpenTable
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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
210 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
10 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
2 reviews
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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JohnB
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
19 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
63 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.

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 4.6 stars by 452 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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