The farm-to-table trend lives on: Downtown restaurateur Matt Levine, of SoHo’s Chalk Point Kitchen and the Handy Liquor Bar, has expanded his reach to Greenwich Village, where he has opened Society Café.
Levine seems to have found his niche in downtown dining and Greenwich Village proved a new frontier. “Greenwich Village is enriched in history,” Levine says. “It’s predominantly residential, and embodies a strong sense of community and neighborhood.”
Self-proclaimed as “market-to-table,” Society Café is located inside the Walker Hotel Greenwich, bringing to West 13th Street a selection of cocktails and vegetable-forward dishes not unlike Levine’s other ventures, but with a more luxury approach.
“With Chalk Point Kitchen, chef Rebecca Weitzman has an approachable, healthy and fun veggie-centric take on market to table,” Levine says. “Here at Society Café, chef Chris Zabita takes an elevated and refined approach to organic market to table.”
Zabita comes from Bar Boulud and Marc Forgione; having training in farm to table Levine says matches his “ethos of supporting Tristate area farmers and markets, bringing local sourcing and organic style of cuisine to the forefront of the New York City dining landscape.”
The menu is rooted in locally sourced ingredients from organic purveyors, who are dedicated to maintaining a low carbon footprint. Highlights in the food offerings include a Berkshire pork with mustard spaetzle, red wine cabbage, and a black parsnip puree and the Union Square beet salad with Lynn’s goat cheese, hazelnuts and fennel pollen. For cocktails, expect a continuation of the craft cocktail trend: things like The Musician include mescal, orgeat, dry vermouth, fresh citrus, fresh-made grenadine, Mexican Coke and root beer-soaked cherries.
“The advantage of shopping at the farmer’s market four to five days a week is that our kitchen can [constantly] evolve our ‘off-the-menu’ items beyond our daily specials, whether for a pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan,” says Zabita. “We cook to your requests.”
52 W 13th Street
New York, NY 10011