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Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2008
The food here is nothing special. The oxtails had very little meat and the meat on them was very fatty. The rice and beans were okay but you would expect better from a caribbean restaurant. You get a decent amount of food for the price and location. There is really no atmosphere to speak about.
Posted by afrocubaN on 06/19/2008
First of all I am cuban and this is by FAR NOT the best Cuban restaurant in NYC. do I eat from there yes- I'll run in and get something quick to to- it's not bad for quick fast food. but if you are cuban you would know what cuban food tastes like and if you didn't know, the owners are NOT cuban so that should say something. I am NOT knocking this restaurant because as I said I go there sometimes but sorry it is NOT the best Cuban food. And it's true as someone said in their review- the rice is too red, the yellow rice with chicken is definetely not cuban and the oxtails nothing like we Cubans make it.
Posted by Downtown Diner on 05/06/2008
The food is not bad fairly fatty. Asking for "beans" will give you a half-cup of liquid with some beans at the bottom. The service and atmosphere are absolutely the rock bottom worst. Highly, highly unpleasant. I eat here only when I am absolutely in dire need of red pork chops. The plantains are pure butter. The roast pork is so-so. The steak and onions are not bad. This place has so little going for it, I'm surprised it stays busy.
Posted by frequent restauranteur on 04/24/2008
I've been to miami and I've tried cuban food in the restaurants down there and I think it tastes much more authentic than this. When I've gone here to pick up take out I am turned off by the horrendous overcrowding. The food is overseasoned and rice has way too much color in it yellow rice should be yellow not orange. The food can use some improvement. Since I've gone there the prices have gone up and I don't think that $8-9 a plate is worth it for what you get.
Posted by Andrew on 08/07/2007
As a long time resident of Battery Park City, I was excited to see Sophies for the first time, some time ago as I was walking nearby. As a former owner/Investor of Restaurants, I was curious to see their Menu and what it looked like . I was amazed to see what seemed like 100's of people eating and standing in the heat waiting for Food to go. And Dozens of Staff working frantically to keep up with everyone, and lots and lots of food. When You see that kind of Patronage and employees working so hard, You can be sure there is a reason. I walked away smiling, glad that they were so successful in such a hard business, and looking forward to eating there soon. Well I ate there the other day and I must say that if you like Cuban/Latino food, you are in luck. Sophies delivers on all accounts and does so effortlously to boot. The food is excellent and the Prices very reasonable. I personally like the hectic atmosphere and people watching, and along with the great food it all comes together to make Sophie's a definate Yes, and must do on anyones 'To Do' list.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2007
I eat at Sophie's about three times a week. I live closeby, but would never opt for delivery - the service is not good! Granted, eating in is the best option. Take-out can be messy - they slop your food in a plate and call it a day without any more consideration. Pay them a visit, have a seat, and enjoy the food, which, like a previous reviewer has pointed out, is frequently salty...but delicious.
Posted by Suzy on 03/22/2007
Food is great. Roast Pork with Yellow rice and Sweet Plaintains!! oooh...it's the best. The pork was tender and juicy! I always order the same dish when I eat there. The sandwiches are good too - usually take that to go. The service is good but can be too crowded especially during lunch time from 12- 1pm. But it is still worth it. Great price..great food!