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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2007
The ambiance was beautiful. However, I arrived and waited for two hours to be seated. From the beginning, the hostess kept on mentioning that she could not give me an estimated waiting time for seating, which led to my girlfriends and me waiting 2 hours to be seated. We also engaged in a conversation with a couple who had reservations and they waited 45 minutes to be seated. To better explain it, we arrived at 8:00pm and by 11:00pm, we had our food served. In addition, the food is great and the music (salsa) was excellent. The drinks were exquisite and I highly recommend the "Sofrito Mojito". The drink prices were decent, considering it is a restaurant and NYC. The service was mediocre, including the hostess' lack of communication to the waiting customers regarding their waiting time. Excluding the hostesses, the service was satisfactory.
Posted by Muguette from NJ on 07/29/2007
My husband and I visited Sofrito yesterday and had a great time. It is about time that a "Puerto Rican" restaurant gets the proper credit it deserves instead of calling it "nuevo latino cusine." The food was very good and the live music along with the array of excellent dancers was more than enough to make one shake in your seats all night long. The sound system was a bit loud during the band breaks but other than that the atmosphere was very nice. We are definately telling people about this place!
Posted by Stacy Morales - Brooklyn, NY on 07/25/2007
I went to eat in Sofritos last weekend with 2 girlfriends. I must say I was more than impressed. I was a little dumbfounded when I read a few reviews slamming the service. I'm wondering if these people were at the same restaurant I was at. The service was remarkable and the food was simply amazing. So much so that I brought my daughter there yesterday 7/24 for her 6th birthday because she is a very picky eater and I knew she'd be pleased with the food @ Sofrito's. Needless to say, she was ranting & raving to everyone in our family about how good the food is. I can't wait to go back.
Posted by Tonya T on 07/20/2007
I'd like to say Sofrito is a wonderful restraunt to have dinner but the service is not very good. I've been there several times and have had the misfortune of having the same waiter and his service was unacceptable! The lanuage barriers plus the slow response mad the dinner a bit hard to bear. Once the food arrived you where in total heaven.
Posted by Kurt on 07/14/2007
Well, I went to Sofrito on Friday 7/13/07 for dinner with my girlfriend and suffice it to say that devoid of the service, the restaurant is adequate. The food was good, though not especially memorable. The atmosphere was interesting, though not what you'd expect in a place with the rep this one has. The other sister restaurants are much more upscale. What ruined the evening was the rude hostess and wait staff. It took forever to get seated with a reservation. The waitstaff were abrupt and didn't get the order on the first try. He had to come back over to check how I wanted my steak. The bar took forever for just a couple of beers and soda. We didn't order any fancy drinks but waited at least 15 min from when we ordered to get drinks. The waiter then disappeared and didn't return. I asked the food runner to get him over, that didn't work. I asked another waiter to get him over. That didn't work. When the manager came around to see how we were doing and I complained, the waiter finally came over. The manager didn't even offer to do anything for us. The waiter actually had the audacity to underline the tip line on the check. Now I eat out at least 3x weekly and never have I seen someone underline the tip line on a check. Basically here is the low down...this is a place to stop at and have a bite on an off night. This really isn't a good date place and it really isn't the place to be on a thurs-sat night. The food was good and for dinner for 2, a $76 check isn't bad at all so I might return, just not any time soon. Perhaps my next trip there would be on a less busy Tuesday evening or something like that...so contrast the level of service.
Posted by The Mirandas on 06/23/2007
Went with my family after reading the review in a NY newspaper and was genuinely impressed with the location and the quality of the food. The Sofrito Mojito was quite delicious; the pitcher was able to serve 3 people about 2 drinks each. At the end of the meal we indulged ourselves with dessert: the cheese flan and the tres leches. Both the desserts were very rich and made to perfection. Will go back again on Friday's or Saturday to enjoy the live music.