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Posted by Finch on 08/31/2007
I went to Sofrito for a friend's birthday and could not have been more impressed with it. Our waiter was incredible, created an appetizer sampler based on how much we wanted to spend, and was a great server overall. I had the pork for dinner, and it was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had. It was huge and under $20 too, which made it taste even better. Drinks were a little pricy, but bottled beer was pretty reasonable. If you go, get the pork. You won't regret it. A great dining experience overall.
Posted by HAZEL on 08/29/2007
I was happy to find this restaurant and enjoyed the food and service. What I found most annoying is the noise. I understand that it's kind of loungy but the eating area should be fixed so that people can converse with others at their table without shouting.
Posted by Me on 08/21/2007
I was very disappointed with this restaurant for many reasons. I made a reservation and I was not seated until 45 minutes after my reservation. My friends and I have not seen each other in ages and I recommended the restaurant b/c I heard a lot about it, next thing you know we eat appetizers and dinner and I asked for a second drink and he told me that I would have to drink the drink in the lounge which mind you is crowded as if it were a club...it was ridiculous. I felt sooooooooo rushed..they brought out my appetizer and dinner in a total of 30 minutes...we only got to spend 1 hour from start to finish b/c they're constantly rushing so that they can get you out and seat the next person. The wait to be seated was much longer than the actual dinner. For a quick bite this is perfect...BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT!!!!!
Posted by Marlena on 08/21/2007
Sofrito has the best food and biggest portions out of any restaurant in nyc. Amazing food and attentive servers. the problem is the wait. On July 26th, I had 7:45 resesrvations and we didn't get seated until 9:15.... w/out beign offered a free appetizer or drink.The hostess kept saying soon, so we waited and waited. The food was so good that it was worth the wait, but it was def. annoying. Went two other times since then and the waiting was better. maybe they have improved the reservation policy. AMAZING drinks and food. I look forward to going back again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2007
I recently celebrated a birthday party at Sofrito's, and yes the food was good. No doubt about it. However, that's about it. First of all, this was a surprise party and I spent 2 months planning it, When I arrived with my husband, the birthday boy, the hostess completely blew the surprise by saying my name and party of 14! I was mad, and the surprise was blown! Then she told me that I was the first in my party to arrive, and that we had to go sit in the lounge, when my entire party was actually seated in the back eating appetizer's already. They were completely unorganized! Our table wasn't even big enough for all of us. We had to squeeze in until the table next to us left. The meal was completely rushed. They practically took the fork out of my mouth while I was eating my salad. When we got desert, the forgot to ask us who wanted coffee, which was part of our pre-fixed menu. When I brought it to their attention, they lied to me and told me that they actually had asked my party and that nobody wanted any, totally untrue. They just forgot to ask. By the time we were going to get our coffee they informed me that our 2HR TIME LIMIT WAS UP! WHAT! WE HAVE A TIME LIMIT! I SPENT ALMOST $1000, AND HAVE TO EXPECT 14 PEOPLE TO EAT 5 COURSES IN 2 HOURS! WE HAD TO DRINK OUR COFFEE IN THE LOUNGE! My recommendation is to never have a party there, it is rushed, unorganized, and very disappointing!
Posted by cynthia Tenaglia on 08/16/2007
I would like to say that this is a wonderful place to introduce your Puerto Rican heritage to friends and loved ones. The food is great and feels like your eating on the island. I went with my husband, we ordered an appetizer, a main course with desset and the bill was like sixty dollars.
Posted by whatsaname on 08/12/2007
After much talk of going to Sofrito (having frequented other restaurants by the owner), finally went on a Wednesday night recently. We did not have a reservation, as our decision to go there was off the cuff. The decor was nice and the restaurant was more spacious than I imagined. We had no problem being seated (arrival time was approx. 6:15pm). Had the paella and it was excellent and plentiful. Also had a pitcher of sangria, which I found to be more expensive than other restaurants. The place seemed to fill up right before our eyes and several birthday celebrations were in effect (evidenced by the waiters singing "Cumpleanos Feliz"). Unlike what I've read in other reviews, we found our service to be excellent when it came to placing our order, asking how our food was, etc. What we didn't care for was the waiter telling (not asking) us to sit in the lounge area to finish our drinks once he had collected our bill money (and 25% tip). I realize the place filled up, but I've had to wait for others in the past in order to be seated and am sure sitting at our table for another 5 or 10 minutes would not have disrupted the flow of patrons. Nevertheless, we decided to leave instantly because we were annoyed. Have to say an otherwise perfect experience was ruined by the staff's lack of patience. He may as well have placed an egg timer on our table and told us to leave when the bell rang. I recommend visiting Sofrito ... just don't get too comfortable.