Sazon
Sazon

Sazon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sazonnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2124061900
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican
  • Executive Chef: Frank Maldonado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, A, or C Trains to Chambers Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sazon
After nearly 3 successful years in Midtown Manhattan, owner of Sofrito, Genaro "JR" Morales decided it was time to expand and begin his search for a new location. Shortly thereafter, Sazon was born. An exciting and unique addition to Manhattan's downtown scene, Sazon brings authentic Puerto Rican cuisine to the heart of Tribeca. This dual-level establishment encompasses all the vibrancy and delectability of its sister location but adds a downtown flavor all its own. Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch: Sazon offers its patrons a variety of ways to experience Puerto Rican cuisine at its best. Buen Provecho
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Sazon reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (53)special occasion (41)vibrant bar scene (37)hot spot (31)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (28)romantic (26)great for lunch (20)late-night find (17)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • eh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Expected better tasting food. Very average, can get the same at home or at families. Crab cakes and shrimp were too fishy?? Fishy??
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    KKatVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    While entertaining friends they requested Puerto Rican cuisine with a lively scene. This place was perfect. Everyone loved their food, except one said her skirt steak was a little dry. The service was slow at first but attributed that to an authentic "island vibe." Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgr8tfood
    luvgr8tfood
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Great service and food! The waiter we had was very apologetic when our drinks took more than usual to get to our table. Some other waiter took our drinks and gave it to the people he was serving, but the waiter was great about it and he apologized for the delay of our drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner!
    fasteddie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had great dinner for four. Chimichurri steak fantastic! Tostones, mofongo, beens n rice, shrimp, taro root. Every single item was great! Super portions. Outstanding service! I'm not big fan of the reggaeton/club music they play, but volume was ok. Fun place!! This was our 3rd visit. Love it at Sazon!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The pernil was absolutely amazing. So tender and flavorful. Also had the ropa vieja quesadilla which was fabulous. Great music as well. Not a quiet place but lots of fun.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, rude service...
    Sgchoate87
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    First we were greeted by a rude doorman who told us there was a dress code and he would "let it slide this time but if you come back in shorts I wont let you in." I was so mad I let the waiter know. A manager came, apologized and politely told us there was a dress code and he got that w/ warm weather people wear shorts but if he was there for an anniversary, he doesn't want to look over and see that. I'm sorry but a place meriting a dress code doesn't blast reggaeton, make staff sing bday songs, have filthy plastic chairs in the dining room. The waiters wore jeans. Not to mention the man sitting next to us was wearing DENIM shorts, and people on the other side of us were wearing Sopranos and Guns & Roses t-shirts! Nothing was said to them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food in a Comfortable Setting
    Aquagem620VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is my second time visiting this restaurant and it was just as good as the first. I chose Sazon because the atmosphere is lively, the drinks are good and the food is delicious! We had a wonderful time and enjoyed our meal very much. My boyfriend loved it! We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Restaurantlover24
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    As usual my dining experience at Sazon was top notch. The food was great, the service was great and the atmosphere was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Que rico!
    abclady
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Finally, really, authentic Puertorican food, and in a fun, upbeat environment. Huge portions, friendly service, great drinks. Love the atmosphere as well as the food. I'm from PR, so finding a restaurant that has real PR food is a real treat. And the food is delicious! Note: if you order the Pernil, share it with three other people. It's gigantic...and deliciously tender and flavorful. Oh, there's a bar lounge in the lower level that plays salsa, and is great for dancing after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud Puerto Rican deliciousness
    Mick13
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I come from a Puerto Rican background and when I had my family visiting I knew I had to take them here for an authentic dining experience. The food was wonderful and tastes like the way my mom made certain dishes. Portions were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Authentic food in lively setting!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Great food, delicious drinks (skip the sangria and treat yourself to the coconut mojito!) and solid service in a boisterous and bustling high ceiling restaurant. The service team appears to be known for their birthday serenades and surrounding tables get in on the singing. Don't expect to have an intimate dinner where you can whisper sweet nothings in your date's ears- this is not that place! Good for groups and the downstairs, with its own bar and dance floor, seems to be perfectly set up for a night of salsa dancing or a small party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 199 reviews are from the Sazon reviews archive.
  • Phenomenal
    Alexito1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was really good, ambience was great, the pork is amazing and our server JC was beyond attentive. I highly recommend it
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    lopez1186
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made a 3:15 reservation and I didn't have to wait a second to be seated! I'm Puerto Rican so the music really had me sold aside from the delicious food!!! It tasted like home made food that my grandmother made! Everything was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reception
    love2eatout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made reservations and took my wife and my son for mothers day sunday as we came in the girl in the front greeted us with "can I help you"??? Dumb founded I said table for 3 and she replied "oh you just want to drink?" I held back what I really wanted to say and just simply said I made reservations for 1 pm. "Oh let me check". Mind you the place was completely empty and no other party arrived not till about hour and half later. Other than this it was pretty nice and over priced. Tip was included on the bill for party of 3???. Great food though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much commotion
    Ceejay
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have been to Sazon many times and only go back because of the food. Our reservation was at 8:15 and we were seated at 9. There were so many other groups waiting to be seated that were fighting with the hostess about the long wait. Our waiter seemed distracted because he had a large group next to our table. I felt we had to wave him down for every little thing- a drink menu, to take our order, a fork and knife that was missing on the table, to wrap our food up and even for another drink that we ordered but he never brought to the table. It was the night before Mother's Day so that added to the madness, but I've had similar issues in the past.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicioso
    Chella
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food, service, ambiance -- all terrific. We had a very nice time; will def return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for parties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great for special occasions and night out with friends
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice but too many birthdays
    Yummy32VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I love Saxon but every time I go there are at least 10 tables celebrating birthdays. It gets annoying after 5 or 6x you hear the birthday song. Food is great. Service good but if you are not in to your dinner being interrupted by a bday song every 10 mins then this place ain't for you.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to have Dinner
    Jen2315
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The place was amazing and the food was great . Only thing I didn't like was the blonde spanish girl flirting with my mam while we were with our kids. But  the drinks and food was great
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PR in NY
    IvyP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Love coming here, I am reminded of all the wonderful meals I have when I go to the motherland.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SERVICE
    luvgr8tfood
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Went to celebrate my brother in laws birthday and we all had a great experience. Food was delicious and waiter was great! I would return for another celebration!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Spanish dinning
    Ilike2dine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Nice decor, good food and drinks. They have a lounge/bar in the lower level. I would eat hear again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ehh... Food yummm
    Rosae
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food is great but the service needs help. The ladies in the front will tell you to wait about 15 minutes downstairs by the bar for your table. As soon as the 15 minutes are over, they will tell you to wait another 15 minutes! Once you get to the basement, you get no cell reception on your cellphone. If you were waiting for your group to come and if they needed to contact you, you will need to step outside to talk or text. Other than that, the was food was 5 stars. I enjoyed everything and have no complaints. I suggest trying something you don't eat often. It's a great spot to meet up after work and for a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my two cents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Small location and felt rushed having dinner on a Thursday night. To many people hanging around bar waiting for tables. You will be sitting very close to table next to you!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lopsided Food Ratings At Lunch
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The ambiance for this place is excellent; upscale without being pretentious or stuffy. The lounge/salsa background music was a nice touch as well. The staff was professional, and the 9 of us in my group had no errors in our orders. The only issue is that the food. Not that any of it was bad, but not all of it was phenomenal. My El Cubano sandwich was only okay; but the appetizers were excellent. The salad was awesome, but the rice was just good. This mixture keeps this location from getting an excellent grade on my food scale (I am stingy with my stars). However, I would definitely go back and give them another chance. Perhaps try the drinks and write another review. :-)
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • late lunch-early dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Not open for lunch on a Saturday so we ate when they opened at 4pm. Usually this is awkward when you're the first guests but they made us feel so comfortable. They even switched TV station to the golf masters for us. My husband and I really like to try different kinds of foods but our 18 and 21 yr olds were not looking forward to coming. They changed their minds once we started with appetizers (you must get empanadas--the guava sauce was amazing). The sangria is also a must-have!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    DRdidi
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    It was my first time in this place and as soon as I got there I loved the ambience. The food was excellent and the drinks were really good too. At the end of my dinner a girl passing by my table spilled my drink on my dress. Management and their staff went above and beyond trying to comfort me and apologetic for the incovenience. I thought that was very nice considering the fact that it wasn't their fault. I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coworkers night out.
    Restaurantlover24
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My dining experience at Sazon was awesome. Friendly service great food and drinks can ask for anything more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but loud music
    MusicVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Great vibrant scene but forget about a romantic evening. You cannot hear yourself talk. Get there before 730pm if not long wait.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and service
    Amarismom1
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I was very please with the service, it was fast and th server was very happy an friendly! And the the food was excellent! Will definately go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    goodfood
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    from the hostess seating us at a great table to the food it was a great night with good food!!!! thanks sazon for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too expensive. They raised
    Jasmine
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Way too expensive. They raised the prices on everything and changed the quality of food. I wish the originally owner was still charge. 70$ for 5 drinks was way too much.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service.
    Foodie0241
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Waited 1.5 hours WITH a reservation and hostess couldn't even give an estimate as to when our table would be ready . We eventually had to pull the floor manager who was busy socializing with pple he knew at a table. We were seated shortly after and our waiter was great. Overall had a bad experience and wouldn't go back or recommend this place. Considering the thousands of restaurants to visit in NYC ... Why would I go back somewhere that wasn't even apologetic for the wait. No thanks . First impressions are everything and Sazon should have done better . The food was good but I've been to other Cuban/Puerto Rican restaurants and had the same dish better elsewhere . Nothing to rave about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long wait with reservation
    FoodGroupie
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My only problem with this restaurant was waiting to be seated. We had a reservation for three at 8:15pm and wasn't seated till 9:30
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great! However ,
    Love2eat
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food was great! However , I did wait 2 hours to be seated with reservations .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my first time at
    vixen105
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This was my first time at Sazon and I enjoyed myself. The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Was a 2 hour lunch. We had to ask for everything twice - the drinks, the appetizers, the lunch, the bill. Literally, everything twice. The appetizers took about 25 - 30 minutes to come out. The waiter actually overcharged us on the sangria and added in a 20% gratuity on a table for four. Who does that? We had to then wait longer for him to deduct the overage on the drinks and remove the tip. The waiter was always hard to get a hold of and the restaurant was only about half full. I definitely would not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • simi
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Really great food and service. Came in for restaurant week and came back again with a friend from out of town--loved the tilapia!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    MarysMouthwatering
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I've had a birthday dinner and recently taken my family out for dinner to Sazon and although the food is great, it's very busy so you have to get what you need when your waiting is at the table. On any given night there are at least 5-8 ppl celebrating their birthdays. They cater to big crowds and small intimate couples or a few girlfriends but the $35 gratuity fee added on to the bill with just me and my two daughter 9 & 14 was a bit excessive. We barely got any service, had to wait for refills of water, napkins and extra drinks. The scene is always energetic and I would go back but the servers need to tend to the tables more and EARN their tips
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced for under flavored food
    ArgentaTano
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We went because it was close to where we were and it was participating in restaurant week.For $38 +tax+tip each you get an app (we got fried calamari and fried shrimp) then we both got a paella as our entree and the coconut flan and a chocolate cake thing with dulce de leche ice cream We had 3 drinks too$14 ea. The appetizers were nothing special or nothing out if the ordinary. The paella however was full of shellfish but all of it was lacking taste. Very disappointing. I believe that the seafood was probably frozen hence the lack of taste The deserts were yummy. But nothing special. Btwn the 2 of us we spent $178! So would I recommend the place can't say I would buy can't say that I wouldn't.Maybe we were unlucky with our choice of food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic