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400 E. 57th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. First Ave.
Savory Puerto Rican Grub in a Decidedly Un-Puerto Rican Setting
By ninak87 on 10/26/2008
I admit I was lukewarm about going here at first, after seeing what I can only describe as the "generic lounge" decor (neon-lit bar and an organic, "mid-range minimalist" aesthetic). To me, it seemed strange that a restaurant specializing in earthy Latin fare would go this decidedly sterile route. It didn't help that the host, who made the awkward ceremonial gesture of personally unfolding our napkins on our laps, reeked of cologne. Despite these initial turn-offs, we were totally impressed with the caliber of the food. My ropa vieja, a classic Cuban meat stew, was savory and delicious, cooked to tender perfection, while my date's Paella (a dish we tend to avoid after many underwhelming experiences) was a feast for both the eyes and mouth. Ultimately, the incongruous mix of elements is a blessing for those (like me) who try to avoid stuffy dinners at all costs. No matter that Sofrito has the unenviable task of pandering to midtown corporate casualties, at heart it is refreshingly homey and non-pretentious, like its food--or a good abuela.
Great Puerto Rican Food in Midtown for a great price
By jong98 on 5/20/2008
As we walked in, the host was extrememly accomodating and seated us quickly, moving seats around and such for our comfort. The service was quick, accomodating to our schedule so that we would not miss our Broadway Show. Then the excellent food arrived. I lived in PR for over 15 yrs and this was equal or better in quality to anything I've had in PR.
Arrived with high hopes, but left disappointed.
By bugmenot on 3/16/2008
I was excited to eat here after Angie Martinez raved about it, but it just didn't live up to the hype. My girl and I got there about 6:20 last Friday. Hostess told us the wait for two would be "40 min. or less" - we ended up waiting 1.5 hours after the staff moved us out of our seats in the waiting area a few times. When we finally got a table, our waiter wasn't particularly friendly - he mostly just seemed disinterested. The roasted pork I ordered looked great (it was huge!) but was actually very bland and underwhelming. My lady ordered mashed plantains with shrimp, which was really good. Also good were the garlic bread and the tres leches dessert. As soon as we finished, staff was pushing us out the door to make room for a bigger party. Oh yeah, and the place was crowded! And the loudest restaurant I have ever been to - way too much screaming by the ladies in attendance. Even worse, they played "Feliz Cumpleanos" over the sound system about 7 times. To sum it up: good value, decent food, but we're not running back anytime soon.
By meteorman on 11/16/2007
Not certain of what others may think but "Sofrito" is probably one of the most extraordinary culinary experiences one will ever have. I had birthday party for 4 and it was wonderful. After our dinner Jimmy brought us over to the bar where Jr. and Felix were standing and they brought us a birthday toast. These folks are probably the most profesional individuals in the industry. I have been in the restaurant about 20 times and I will go 200 more times if I can. I take my hat off to all of you guys. Viva Puerto Rico! way to go.
By jodi14 on 8/19/2007
i googled puerto rican restaurants and sofrito came up as one of the restaurants. so we decided to go there today. I am so glad we did. the food was great the service was fantastic thanks to our waiter kevin and the operations manager dominic. the atmosphere was perfect and so was the music. we came in from suffern ny and will be back and often
By hlues on 7/20/2007
I would recommend this restaurant to any one that loves Spanish food... The service is outstanding, the drinks are remarkable, the food is delicious.... Go there! you will not be disappointed.
By Mfbrenda on 7/12/2007
This place is great, waiters and hosts are very attentive and the food is worth talking about. I would definitely go back.
Great restaurant to end the week with
By MMDiaz on 1/15/2007
I went to Sofrito on a Saturday night, mostly because I was told it was "salsa night". Can I say it made me even prouder to be Puerto Rican. I've been to several latin cuisine restaurant but most of them are either Mexican or Domican...love their food but I was ready for a change. This restaurant brought me back home to my grandma's kitchen. The food was amazingly priced well, the two hostess were attentive and the food was great. My favorite was desert, I had a cake called Tres leche...it was to die for. Music was awesome and the place was very lively and loud, just like most latinos.
By arce on 12/22/2006
I was very impressed with the great service. As soon as I walked in I was greeted with a smile, my coat was hung, and was led to my table. The "Platanos Montaditos" were delicious. The Red Snapper was fresh with the coconut rice. The place was hopping with people, ambience very New York and decor trendy. I go to many fine restaurants and I'm going to Sofrito again I'm taking Out of Towners the day after Christmas for dinner. The location is nice also. TRY IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT.
Good Food Good Music
By GGMC on 10/30/2006
I have been to several Latin cuisine restaurants in the past, however my experience at Sofrito was remarkably awesome. The food was very inexpensive and delicious. The decor simple but sweet. The service from start to finish was very quick. They also have a live salsa band which I thought was pretty cool. I felt like dancing. Overall, if your looking for a fun night out with family and friend, Call and make reservation. You will not regret it. Highly recommended
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