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Society Bar & Restaurant

535 LaGuardia Pl., New York, NY 10012 40.728491 -73.998543
nr. Bleecker St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-358-7995 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Traditional
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Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M at Broadway-Lafayette St.; 1 at Houston St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Singles Scene
  • Smoking Area
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar


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This venue is closed.

It may have changed names (to attract, explains the co-owner sheepishly, “society”), but this boisterous, red-painted bar-cum-restaurant is still very much a college hangout. That’s hardly surprising, considering that it literally sits in the shadow of NYU housing. Inside, it has all the atmosphere of a keg party—four TVs blaring sports, a sticky bar, and black pleather stools with the stuffing popping out. But Society redeems itself in the balmy months with a breezy outdoor terrace strung with white lights. Much of the fare is glorified pub grub, built around the foremost question: What goes well with beer? Yes, that means predictable crowd-pleasers like sliders. But while the menu’s a big yawn, it’s appreciably fresh: plump quesadillas topped with sour cream squiggles, gooey mac and cheese. . . . As for Society’s attempts to go upscale? They’ve got a ways to go. Service can be glacial, the staff dress code seems to be tight jeans with a cell phone wedged in the back pocket, and—just a hunch—“society” might not take too kindly to the bouncer out front asking for ID.

Recommended Dishes

Quesadillas, $11; mac and cheese, $9