New favorite place
Great place. We were running a bit late and called the restaurant to let them know. They were understanding and held our table until we arrived. Everything we ordered was fantastic. Our waitress was very knowledgable with the wine list and gave great recommendations.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great cocktails. Loved the Cherry Godmother. The Lamb Tajarin may be one of the best pasta dishes in NY! My Guinea Hen with Black Lentils was perfect as well. Don't forget the desserts either. Overall, a great friendly place with fantastic food.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was amazing! I enjoyed
The food was amazing! I enjoyed every bite. The wait staff was very attentive and down to earth. This is not a pretentious place. I was a little annoyed by one guest who spoke very loud in the small dining room. ;) Still, he left a little while after.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Chef Hearst is astounding. Love her, love her food. The whole experience was perfection. Lamb ragu - yum. Broccoli appetizer was absolutely confounding in its simple goodness. How on earth did she turn broccoli into something that made you want to lick the plate? Where did the kick come from? Homemade pasta stuffed with bacala? Whaaaaat? Oh man and the donuts at the end....perfect. Shamefully could have eaten 10 of those. Salted carmel gelati also extreme yum. The wait staff was very attentive without getting on your nerves in the least. They were extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Would go back anytime. Plan on working out the next day though. It's all about balance :)
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We arrived late to our reservation because of awful city traffic. The hostess could not have been nicer and more accommodating. Its a pretty small place, but its cozy and has a welcoming atmosphere. The food and service were outstanding! One of our friends has allergies and again the wait staff was on top of their game and bent over backwards to make sure we were all comfortable and happy! They'll see us again!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Chef Molly Nickerson Rocks!
We had an amazing meal including a wonderful charcuterie plate, homemade pastas, perfectly prepared seafood and meat dishes and delicious desserts. Can't wait to be in NYC again to have dinner at Sorella.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
A really delicious, understated
A really delicious, understated meal -- wonderful from beginning to end. The wine list is quite good, and all of our dishes were fresh, unusual, yet not overly crafted.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really excellent experience/. One of THE BEST and MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE WAITRESSES ever!! Francesac. Loved the salad and the broccoli appetizer. Terrific cocktail called the Honeypot. Thanks had a fun time!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything from food to decor was great. Service was ever present but not invasive, bartender was friendly, and the broccoli dish and the Gnudi (boiled ricotta flowerettes) were fabulous and my Dante's lamb ragu on homemade pasta was also v good. Everything is made with loving care and love. I'd definitely go back and hope to soon!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We eat regularly at Sorella
We eat regularly at Sorella and have never been disappointed. in fact, it seems to even get better each time....
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
If there is better Northern Italian pasta in New York City I sure don't know of it. I get to Sorella once or twice a year and each time wonder why I don't go more often. If anything, they are getting better. My out of town friends loved it, too. Odd location means you can get a table here when other places of this caliber are full. But you should go to Sorella even if Babbo has room.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
There were five of us celebrating
There were five of us celebrating a birthday at Sorella and we all loved it! We had no idea what to expect but wanted to celebrate in the LES over dinner. Could not have been happier with our selection. Every salad, appetizer, entree and side dish was truly delicious!! I will definitely go back...I think we all will! It was just that good. Very, very fresh - you could just tell.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small gem with extra sparkle
Saw a reference to Sorella on a food network broadcast and put it on our list to try. The food was as advertised--excellent. The appetizers were not only delicious, they were substantial. Since it was our first visit, we felt that we had to have everything on the menu so we did order too much. Had a lovely cheese course, followed by broccoli fritto (to die for) and a veal tongue with capers on homemade bread. Not usually my thing but it was delicious. We each had a pasta dish and both were outstanding, and a side of Brussels topped off the dinner. Dessert was good, but dinner was better. We will definitely be back to sample the portions of the menu we didn't get to.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my first visit to
This was my first visit to Sorella, and I can't wait to return. The food was awesome, carefully prepared, and exquisitely presented. The menu was diverse, and the dishes were amazing in that they were layered with complex flavors, yet simple in explanation, and delivered exactly as advertised on the concise, but complete, menu. The service could not have been more attentive, yet, discreet. I would recommend this spot for anyone wanting to find a "hidden gem" and impress their foodie friends with a real find.
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a trip to the Lower East Side
Very nice dinner with an unusual menu. Small plates that aren't really small: more like a Goldliocks experience where portions were just right. Excellent fried broccoli and fresh pasta. Delicious homemade gelato. Perfect if you're in the neighborhood; even worth a trip.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The only disappointment - way too salty and not that notable.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a lovely dinner at Sorella - the food was exceptional and the ambiance was lovely. Ate in the back, closed in porch which had a glass ceiling. Would recommend for a date night or upscale dinner with family or friends.
One note, this place is certainly not kid friendly. They tried to prepare something special for my little nephews but seemed a bit overwhelmed by the idea - waiter had to keep going to check if the chef could prepare plan pasta with butter and cheese.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Put simply, an amazing dining experience. The portions are perfect for sharing yet the ambiance also is great for small groups. I was extremely impressed with the cocktail and wine selection. I ordered the Pici, spicy pork pasta dish and was extremely impressed. Everyone in our group of six enjoyed their respective meals and I would jump at the chance to dine here again.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first time at Sorella and also my first time trying sweet breads. Gotta say, I really enjoyed both. The staff was very welcoming and were quick to explain a question I had regarding the menu. Nice modern atmosphere in the weirest place I would ever expect to find a little gem like this. The food was prepared with attention to detail and was packed full of flavor. (Pork Rillets, Sweet Breads and fried broccoli) all hit the spot. Homemade Pici pasta with a pork ragu was very rich but very tasty. The portion was small and just right and the sides of Brussels Sprouts and fried potato's were also very good but we did over order. Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert and next store, Stellina was already closed. Overall a good experience.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Restaurant
Excellent food. Restaurant is a little cold inside.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great place where there is a lot of care taken with the prep of food and it was really different and tasty!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely time. They were extremely accommodating to our party, which included two vegans. Service was great too.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would defo recommend this to folks who want to spoil themselves for an evening. Food was fantastic, Service was attentive and decor and ambiance was a treat! We shall be back!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our third time at Sorella, always with "foodie" visitors from California. We and they have not been disappointed. The food is creative and well prepared. The atmosphere is calm and attractive and the service is attentive but not overbearing. One of our recent guests remembered Sorella - and especially the pate on the english muffin- and they requested to go back so other family members could experience it. We had a great evening trying and sharing all of the "small plates" and the excellent strip steak entree.
I am particularity adverse to loud music while I dine and I asked the waiter to lower the music which came from a speaker right over our table. He lowered it and remained lowered during our entire meal! Thanks Sorella.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very low-key but tasty Italian
I work for an Italian company, have been to Italy many times, and I can say with confidence that the food at Sorella is very good. I especially the fried broccolis for the appetizers. The portions here are a bit strange; they skew on the smaller side so I recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers and pasta dishes and sharing as a table. And leave room for desert. The chefs here are very creative and it shines through especially with their deserts.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent northen italian food
Food at Sorella is authentic northen italian with creative and modern touches. The agnolotti that i had could have been easily found at a restaurant in Piedmont. I love the veal crudo, the fried broccoli, the stracciatella salad. All the pasta dishes were good or very good. Service was attentive and nice and the palce was calm, we could talk to each other without screaming. Next time I will ask to be seated in the room next to the entrance which is more cosy.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Sorella, the waiting staff was very attentive and knowledgable of their menu. I ordered to start the Speck and paired it with a cheese recommended by our waiting staff which was awesome. Next we had the veal short breads in this home made tartar amazing sauce (highly recommend.) Then we had the grilled quail, and this was prob our least favorite dish but it was still tasty. The one that blew us away was the Sorrel Stracci which was great, lamb and the homemade pasta were truly incredible. Great cocktails as well, overall I had a great dining experience and will be back there again, especially since I live right next door to it.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I found Sorella on a list of "15 of New York's Most Underrated Restaurants," alongside several other spots we've tried and loved. We had extraordinary tasty food and a charming, helpful server. Highly recommended.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Solid Food / Great Service
If you like fresh food that is expertly crafted then this restaurant is for you. Everything was delicious, portion size appropriate and everything was inventive with regard to ingredients including the cocktails. Our server was excellent and in addition to knowing the menu and guiding us through it, she made great wine suggestions and timed the meal well. Great place - I will definitely return.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another Great Meal
I have been to Sorrella on numerous occasions and it never disappoints! I had an delicious dinner and absolutely divine desserts! I highly recommend!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The inside section is quiet and the outside section with bar is more lively. Small restaurant but still enough space for each table. The Panna Cotta is super delicious.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM