Thanks to downtown restauranteur Matt Levine, Greenwich Village has a new neighborhood gem tucked away in the sub level lobby of the Walker Hotel. Meet the oh-so-chic Society Café. The dimly lit space is lined with deep mint and camel colored leather backed booths lining the walls, bright and colorful artwork, a fireplace flanked by wine units, a full wood and mirrored bar and indoor plants helping to designate sections within the restaurant.
Executive Chef Christopher Zabita’s kitchen puts out a fantastic market-to-table menu. Each dish was more artistic than the last. The presentation of the scallops with leaf-like layers of charred onion cascading over them was masterful, equally as masterful as the flavor combinations and textural mouth-feel. I can’t get it out of my head. It was rich, crispy in the right places and tender in others, it’s a must! All of the dishes were like this, from the appetizers to pastas, you can’t order wrong.
The beauty of this restaurant goes beyond the plate to the glass. The cocktails at Society Café are intricate and impeccably hand crafted. I ordered The Conductor, topped with a rolled strip of cucumber and a carrot, the cocktail tastes like it’s straight from the farmer’s market. It’s intense and amazing! I can’t wait to go back in the Spring to see what new seasonal dishes they add to the menu.