Simons Center Cafe

About the Café: 

The Simons Center Café is a new restaurant with a fresh and modern style that focuses on organically inspired French, Italian, and American cuisines.

The menu is crafted daily by Chef Paolo Fontana. The array of options for soups, salads, entrees, and desserts is bound to leave you longing for more! The Café’s inspiration is fueled by New York City and Long Island style of cooking and living– fresh and vibrant.

Contact the Café:

For reservations:  631-632-2881

Breakfast Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Café is located in the second floor of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

About the Chef:

Chef Paolo Fontana’s story is a simple one. From his early cooking years to working with renowned Chefs, everything that Paolo Fontana has achieved is grander, richer, and just plain flavorful.

Chef Paolo grew up in New York; a young boy of immigrant Sicilian parents. His love for cooking started at a very young age when he would spend time in the kitchen cooking with his mother.

Throughout his life, Chef Paolo studied in Avellino (Italy), The Culinary Institute of America in New York, Stony Brook University, and NYU. Chef Paolo has also devoted himself to teaching the art of cooking to others as a culinary instructor at NYIT in New York.

Chef Paolo has worked as an apprentice to world-renowned chef Mario Batali and as sous chef for one of his personal favorites, Chef Michael Romano. His talent and skills have taken him to an array of restaurants. He has worked for New York culinary landmarks such as Union Square Café, Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, and most recently, Mirabelle, under award winning and La Toque d’Argent recipient, Chef Guy Reuge. He has also worked at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

After a successful career  in kitchens around the world and after opening his own restaurant Bracci, Chef Paolo wanted a new passion to call his own. He is currently the executive chef at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Café and serves as a consultant for major corporations. When he is not in the kitchen working on his marvelous creations, he is spending time in his organic garden or making glass mosaics.

You will find him at our Café creating devilishly good masterpieces that focus on French, Italian, and American cuisines.

As Chef Paolo quotes “Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity – Voltaire”.


Valentine’s Day Lunch at the SCGP Cafe

Join us for a beautiful lunch And a complimentary dessert Extended hours: 11:30am to 3:30pm Call 631-632-2881/ email :

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‘Food Physics’ Art Exhibition

FOOD PHYSICS: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Wednesday November 6th Opening Reception Featuring a Molecular Gastronomy Cooking Demonstration by Chef Paolo, and Talk by Artist Mia Brownell. 5:30pm – Wine and Cheese Reception with Cooking Demonstration by Chef Paolo – “Spherification” (see more […]

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SCGP Chef Paolo Fontana Receives Notable Mention at the 2013 Harvest East End

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is proud to announce that our very own chef, Paolo Fontana, has received notable mention for his one-of-a-kind crème brûlée which he served up to rave reviews at the Harvest East End, Saturday August […]

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SCGP Cafe Event – Telescope Viewing of the Conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, May 28

The astronomical event of the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus will take place the evening of May 28 Join the SCGP Cafe for an evening of food, wine pairing, and telescope viewing on our outdoor patio terrace.   Details: May […]

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International Culinary Masters Series Cooking Demonstration in the SCGP Cafe

Last Thursday was the first International Culinary Masters Series in the SCGP cafe.  The series began with Italy and focused on its distinct cuisine and wine.  Participants arrived to find an array of colorful, fresh ingredients, and were taught how […]

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Valentine’s Day Lunch at the SCGP Cafe!

    Join us at the SCGP Café for an extra special lunch, bring your coworker, colleague, a loved one, or come and meet a friend and share our “anything cuisine”:  the magic that happens when you combine fresh, high […]

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Simons Center Cafe Presents “A Taste of Spain” January 24th, 6:00PM

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Holiday Pies Available at the SCGP Cafe!

    The SCGP Cafe bakes fresh pies to order, only top quality ingredients locally sourced.

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Russian Cuisine – Thursday, November 29th, 2012 – 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of traditional Russian food.

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Please Join Us This Tuesday Evening for a Special Performance by the QuadrATOMIC Saxophone Quartet

Tuesday May 15th, 2012 7:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception8:00pm QuadrATOMIC Saxophone Quartet Performance in the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Auditorium, Room 103     Biography QuadrATOMIC Saxophone Quartet brings a refreshing sound and attitude to the world of […]

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