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Posted by John C. on 07/17/2014
I used to enjoy eating at Sofia's old location on 46th street, just down the block from where I live. I thought they had closed, but recently found out that what actually happened was a move to a new location. The restaurant is now located on 48th between 5th and 6th, catty-corner to Rockefeller Center. From the outside, it doesn't look like much. The restaurant is sandwiched between a deli and what's either an office or apartment building. It would be easy to miss from the street. Inside, the décor is handsome and modern. The previous location always gave off the vibe of being slightly past its prime, a throwback to the 80s (in a charming way); this is the exact opposite. My companion and I were seated at a nice table and our waiter was friendly and attentive. The prices are much higher here than they were in the past. At first I was surprised they were charging $15 for a glass of wine, but when the generously poured glass arrived, I realized I was getting my money's worth and then some. My companion enjoyed her salad. My pasta dish was tasty, though I was a bit put off at first that the pasta wasn't homemade. I expect quality Italian restaurants in NYC to make their pasta fresh. Still, the sauce was flavorful, with just the right amount of bite. The environment was very relaxed. I would probably go again, and just order something other than pasta.
Posted by Carmen Soldo on 03/08/2014
Sofia's restaurant has undergone a major transformation. I went there several years ago and found it not so great but after returning last night with a friend of mine I am very happy to say that now it is wonderful!! The service is excellent, the food delish and the restaurant is beautiful. This is our new "girls night out" go to place!
Posted by Maria on 12/30/2013
This restaurant has since moved to West 48th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues. We purchased a Groupon for 4 people for $215 dollars which included appetizer, entrée, side dish, dessert and 2 bottles of wine. I thought it was a good value, although you had to pay $30 extra for porterhouse steak for 2. The steak was amazing, but I felt it shouldn't be that much extra after already spending over $200 bucks. The veal dish on the pre-fix menu was also excellent. It was very tender. My only complaint is that if I had known the dish itself came over roasted potatoes, I would have ordered a vegetable as a side instead of mashed potatoes. The waiter was very friendly and even gave us an extra bottle of wine on the house because of an issue with the fire alarm going off. I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The ambience is lovely, although I would prefer to sit closer to the front than the back.
Posted by Hoboken Lady on 05/10/2010
Three of us went before the theater. Even though we had reservations, we had to wait about 20 minutes before we were seated. The tables are very close together, and the noise made it difficult to talk to each other. Two of us got our entrees about 15 minutes before the 3rd, and only after we hunted down our waiter. There was no apology made. The food was fine, but not spectacular; heaven knows there are a million Italian restaurants in NYC, where much better food can be found for the same amount of $$ and better service. The water guy was very attentive!
Posted by melikeyfood on 04/10/2010
went after a show b/c it was right across the street so it was convenient. BAD IDEA! the cleanliness should be rated a negative. all the glasses were dirty. the oil bottle had some sort of debris in the bottom. ugh. can only imagine when the last time it was cleaned. the waiter was nowhere to be found and when he did show up was rude. my gnocchi tasted like sand was an ingredient. the bill was astronomical. do yourself a favor and don't go. again my main problem was the cleanliness.
Posted by Portia on 12/09/2009
Some friends from out of town were visiting and were staying at the Edison Hotel adjacent to Sofia's, so we decided to check it out since it was so convenient. Normally, for Italian food, I would not eat in the Theater District. The host was in a bad mood and was very rude to us. He never looked us in the eye or smiled. When our waiter approached us to take our order, he just said "Whattya want?" and motioned with his hand to give us his order. He never said another word. The food, as I suspected, was less than stellar. My linguine with white sauce was too salty. There is absolutely nothing special about the food, although I was happy with the hearty bread. The crappy merlot was overpriced at $8 a glass. Will definitely not return.
Posted by Elisa on 08/21/2009
My husband and I wanted to try a different restaurant from one we frequent almost always when in NYC. Sofia's atomosphere is very nice. I ordered the veal marsala - the veal was tender but the marsala sauce was very bland. I asked for lemon wedges to perk up the dish. My husband ordered a veal dish as well and he enjoyed his meal. The waiter was nice but his service was lacking and not attentive. We will not return.