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Posted by Puertorican Princess on 06/02/2009
Loved this restaurant!!! Great Puertorican food, nice atmosphere, excellent service. Prices were a little high but this restaurant was worth trying. I will definitely come again.
Posted by Sheeners on 05/25/2009
Poor service and food just ok. My table only got water ONCE after begging. Water only came again after a personal entreaty to the manager, because our requests for more water went ignored or were met with exasperated rolled eyes by our server. Had to ask for my drink four times before it came. Most irritating was that there was automatic service charge on our bill because of the size of our party. I have only not tipped once in my life at another restaurant (and that's because the waitstaff were racist), but this service was so awful, I was tempted to forego a tip here also. Food definitely not worth the poor service.
Posted by trynewplaces on 04/20/2009
I went here and shared a variety of empanadas with my boyfriend, and had the arroz con pollo for dinner. You would think a Spanish restaurant could make this entree well, but it was very bland. There were very few things on the menu that appealed to me at all. Their drinks were NOT good. The Sangria had a strange taste to it - almost chemical. The one highlight of the place is their empanadas. These were delicious, especially the shrimp ones. They are also SO cheap. Unless you are craving empanadas, do not bother.
Posted by Angry Customer on 04/20/2009
As much as I would love to like this place I just cannot. With the exception of the décor, I would have to say that there is really nothing good about this restaurant with a Latino night club identity crisis. The food is NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT, the cost is WAAAAAAY OVERPRICED, and the “bouncers” are taking their job way to serious. There really is no rhyme or reason as to who they choose to let in, so it basically it depends on how popular/close with the staff you are will determine if you are let into the club…I mean lounge….I mean restaurant. With the hard time they give you to enter, you would think that the experience would be unforgettable, but sadly it is far from that. Bottom line this place is too noisy to be a restaurant and too tiny to be a night club. Needless to say this place will never get my business again.
Posted by afrocuban on 03/25/2009
The place is more like a fashion show. the food is not great, they RUSH you to eat and OH MY GOD they must of sang happy birthday to someone at least 100 times. the place is way too loud you can't even have a decent conversation. it is definetely overrated. i could of gone somewhere else. They are opening up a restaurant in Tribeca i hope it is not the same way as I work in tribeca.
Posted by Maria on 03/23/2009
Sofrito was very disappointing as a restaurant. When a restaurant owner dedicates 2/3rds of space to a bar and has no accommodations for restaurant patrons to wait for tables that pretty much tells the whole story. It is freezing up front where there is approximately a 7ft square of space where they expect you to wait. My brother was wearing a sports jacket, shoes and a Biltmore gentlemens hat, he was immediately approached by 2 rude bouncers and told to remove his hat ( He wasn't wearing a baseball hat backwards) He advised them he just walked in and didn't appreciate being accosted in such a manner. To the right of the restaurant are benches with narrow tables in center. But dont dare sit there if you are not going to order drinks and appetizers. We sat there and were told of this rule, so we were forced to order drinks just to have somewhere to sit and wait that was not freezing. No sooner had we received our drinks from the waitress, not even taken a sip, and she was asking us if we were going to order more drinks, otherwise we would have to move,( where to I dont know since there was no space ) To make matters worse my vodka and cranberry was so watered down that it tasted like water and ice.There is literally a 2 foot walkway if your lucky from the beginning of the restaurant to the dinning area. They are constantly walking around asking if you want another drink, and obviously when you are made to wait 2 hours for a table their intent is to sell you as many drinks as possible. The music is blaring and they DJ doesnt even have the skill to mix 1 song into another. When we finally got our table we were sat directly under the speakers and could not hear each other speak. The food came fairly quickly and the waitress was very nice. Its too bad that by the time you sit down to eat you are so exhausted and annoyed at all you have to put up with to get there that you have lost your appetite. This is why they go around rushing you asking if you want to take it to go, and the reason why everybody walks out with a doggie bag. Maybe in a couple of years when the wanna-be-club phase ends, as they all do in NY, the restaurant will actually function as it is advertised and you might have a nice dinning experience. If you are looking for a nice dinning experience maybe it might be different on a weekday.
Posted by anonymos on 03/21/2009
This place need to be renamed Apurate (Rush) because that what this place is all about. Chef Ramsey would have a stroke dealing with the workers at this joint. Food is OK but nothing to write home about, the service is poor. Bottom line, food is ok, service sucks, workers are rude, and be ready to wait only to be rushed out the door. If you like to hear Happy B'Day all night long, sloppy service, rude workers, mediocre food, and long waiting...APURATE...this is your spot.