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
78 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (38)special occasion (30)vibrant bar scene (29)romantic (24)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (22)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (18)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great birthday dinner at Sazon!
    MikeQVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife took me to Sazon for dinner for my birthday. I have to say, it was a great choice. The food was fantastic, the portions are huge and very filling. I has the Pernil with Arroz con Gandules and platanos maduros. My wife had the Tilapia with mashed Yuca with pieces if Lobster. The food was fantastic! The skin on the pernil was crispy - just the way I like it. My wife has allergies to certain foods and the waiter was very sensitive to that, checking in with the chef to make sure there were no issues with any of the courses she ordered. Overall, it was a fantastic experience. We enjoyed the decorations for Halloween, with that holiday right around the corner. I highly recommend Sazon and will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BenihanaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    As big as NYC is, it’s not easy to find a good Spanish restaurant with high quality food. Sazon was perfect. The kids loved the appetizers (Popcorn shrimps just melts in your mouth and Quesadillas with skirt steak was yummy) and the steak and Sazon paella was so good. The food and the service was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DiffDine
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Upscale classic latin dishes. Vibrant energy with salsa music filling the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy hour yes! Dinner, no.
    Rukyoftheyear
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The happy hour was amazing. The shrimp empanadas were to die for. The dinner on the other hand was lacking. I had garlic wine shrip and the dish came back cold. I asked for it to be warmed up and the dish still came back cold. Gonna hold off on dinner the next time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Familiar food done well
    elDonGuapo
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Being Puerto Rican, the food strikes all the right notes. While not the same as homemade, it's a very close second. Great service wonderful waitstaff very good food nice evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Blast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My boyfriend took me to Sazon - my choice - for my birthday. It was perfect. Eider, my waiter, was attentive and personable. He made us both feel like special customers. I had the Tri-Fongo and my boyfriend had the Pernil. They were both excellent. The pernil was enough for two and I had the leftovers the next morning. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 👍👌🍷
    Bailee
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Everyone needs to go to know what the 5 stars mean 2nd best Spanish food ever next to the wife's food😉
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing!
    BiklesVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I took 3 friends that had never been there, after I had been raving about the dinosaur portion size of the perfectly cooked lechon. I eat here often and I was elated to find a $95 Groupon for 4 entrees, 2 appetizers and a pitcher of sangria. The waiter informed us that the Groupon only applied to entrees under $25 or we would have to pay the difference. If there were any, we could not find them. Our lechon had shrunk to a third of the size that I typically got. No bone and very small. The appetizers were smaller than usual. The service was poor, but that is typical of the restaurant. In addition, they automatically add a 20% gratuity to your bill to our party of four...perhaps because it was a Groupon. I was very disappointed. No mas!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Spanish Food
    AlTess45
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service & food were excellent. I definitely will be going back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertaining
    Adrienne
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great fun, food, and people. Totally satisfied my sweet and spicy craving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out of this world empanadas
    diehardfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food for the most part was good or better there were some misses. The fried stuffed taro root was not to my liking was very bland and felt like chewing on fried rubber. The Mofongo which is one the reason I wanted to yry this place was average not that good. I have definitely had better. Now as for the empanadas they were some of the beat O have ever had light crispy dough qith tasy flovarful filling and tangy spicy dipping sauce. Theae alone were worth the experience of having to cross a battalion ogfpolice officers to get into this joint. The clientele seemed like civilized new yorkers the though the police were there to break up a fight . The service here is poor at best the empanadas make it worthwhile to pay this place a visit.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empanadas to the rescue!!
    Yomi
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I usually don't get excited over salads, but the skirt steak salad had my jaw on the table. It was like a love affair just thinking about it. You can get 2/$5 delicious beef empanadas with authentic Puerto Rican flavor. The rice with pigeon peas, roasted pork, all of it absolutely divine. Great low key romantic place to dine, or show a friend a good time. You will have a memorable experiance here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, Noisy Reggaeton..? Really..?
    ninobravo
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My date & I sat down for a dinner reservation here and in a matter of minutes we were on our feet and out the door. I've been here once before and enjoyed my experience overall, but since then the place seems to have fallen way off and gotten a lot less like a restaurant and more like a bar in Washington Heights. Loud reggaeton music blasting from the sound system is not my idea of a pleasant dining experience, and while it's more in line with an uptown bar/nightclub scene it has no place in an environment where you're forced to shout across a small table in order to be heard. Even if you DO like that music it's totally not conducive to conversation or a good time in a restaurant. Needless to say, I won't be back. Get it together, guys.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious find
    kitkat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Amazing service, delicious food ,could use a little help with music in restaurant but awesome look
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SazonConSaborVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The Restaurant Week menu was wonderful, the selection was diverse, the drinks were off the chart. Overall great place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The Ceviche was delicious. Dessert, the passion fruit sorbet, was amazing. My shrimp empanada was dry, taking my rating down to 4 stars. However, I love this restaurant chain and knew I would not go wrong bringing a first-time visitor to New York here for great food, music, and conversation.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    TrustMeNewYork
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was great as was the service - they didn't have the fish that was advertised in the Restaurant week menu but they accommodated my meal request by offering the same meal at the same price just a different type of fish and it was just as delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected a little bit more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was decent and the service was just okay. The dress code was not even enforced. My date was annoyed that he could've worn his sneakers and maybe even shorts. I guess I would recommend it to someone who likes loud restaurants. Not romantic at all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Goodeating
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I visited Sazon during Restaurant Week and their Lunch Menu options were Excellent. The waiter was Very Nice. And my Meal was Fantabulous! I would definitely return and recommend Sazon to my family and friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I came here with a small group of friends . The food was good . I ordered the calamari salad for appetizer ,the pork with rice and sweet platains for my entree and the passion fruit sorbet for dessert . It was absolutely delicious ! The decor was lovely . I like the dim lights . Latin music playing in the background made me want to get up and dance . Our waiter was polite and very nice . Will definitely come back .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot for Group Dinners
    BrooklynVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I loved the food and would go back with friends to celebrate and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food was better then expected I had coconut crusted bassa and it was pretty amazing swiped a taste of my husbands roast pork equally amazing. Service was slacking a little but I almost forgot about it because the music had me bopping and food way popping.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was Pleasant
    Soxpuff
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Upon arrival was quaint, not many tables were yet occupied with patrons, 7:30PM is still a little early for weekenders on a Saturday night I think, but just for dinner, this is perfect. Our server was pleasant, attentive, and communicated details and requests well. We ordered the pernil y arroz con gondules, sazon pealla, a passion fruit mojito, and the coconut mojito. It was very delicious -almost like grandma's. SO full. Boyfriend was in a food coma and took the rest to go. My only irritation is when 'NY's finest Puerto Rican restaurant' does not always play Puerto Rico's finest music. When an 'upscale' restaurant starts playing EDM or main stream pop music, the ambience as a whole is partially stripped away.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was aweful
    WaisteOftime11
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We felt ignored by the hostess when we arrived, she was distracted, the waiter was worst. He wrote down the order & when we got tired of waiting for the drinks asked him about it, he said he didn't know we ordered drinks and had the nerve to ask us what the drinks were. I wonder why he wrote it down? The food wasn't great& it felt like he forgot about us since we had to wait about 20 min btwn courses to get to the next thing. I guess since the tip was including he didn't care to give us service. Wouldn't go back there for a meal. The bar scene seemed much more interesting.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food
    Cris
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My friend and I both ordered the fish entree and it did not seem fresh at all and tasted spoiled.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrible experience at Sazon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    i never write negative reviews but i went there for lunch last week with team members who were celebrating the departure of a colleague and i was embarrassed to have been the one to recommend sazon. after we placed our order, we waited over an hour for the food to arrive. no one in the entire restaurant had food at their tables and it was clear something was wrong in the kitchen. once the waiters started bringing food out, they couldn't figure out who the dishes belonged to and my specific order was completely messed up - the food was also lukewarm. folks ended up having to leave without eating because they had meetings they couldn't miss. all in all, it was a terrible experience at sazon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Absolutely wonderful! Will definitely return again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foreveryoung35
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were celebrating our friends 40th birthday, and I have to say he enjoyed it! The food was great, the staff was amazing and the place was beautiful. I am taking my boyfriend there next!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Viva Boriqua
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Came here with my fiance on a Groupon deal. Nice strong sangria and the pernil was excellent. Would definitely recommend for great authentic Puerto Rican fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not meet our expectaions!
    cabrita24
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My shrimps were way overcooked! The service was mediocre and they sold out of the 1 thing that we went there for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    High energy with lower level music and bar. We enjoyed the high energy and selected several appetizers for dinner. Food was not out standing but maybe because we had only appetizers. Would not return but for the younger crowd seems like a fun place.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    DJRAwayVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Mojitos and service were great. The shrimp empanadas were absent substantive shrimp and dry (so was veggie one). Appetizer shrimp were over cooked. Calamari were outstanding. Will try again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    BEM27
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been to Sazon many times and am never disappointed. The food, service and ambience are fantastic. I look forward to my next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Puerto Rican Food
    NYCReviews
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you're looking for some latin food and cannot decide on Mexican, Cuban...etc. Go to Sazon and get yourself some of the best Puerto Rican food in the city. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interruption by the waiter and food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We were interrupted by the waiter at least ten times for the 2.5 hours we were there. I could understand rushing us if the place was packed but we took up 2 out of the 50 open seats available. This made us very uncomfortable considering we were talking about personal stuff. This is my third time at this venue and the food has not been the same. I used to love the pernil and the chicken chicharrones, however, both were very dry this time. That was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best mofongo
    gootVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I went to Puerto Rico and fell in love with mofongo. I came back to New York and really wanted to find it here - and read about Sazon. I was sadly quite disappointed by the mofongo here. It tasted good - the sauce deliciously salty and garlicky just like I loved in Puerto Rico - but the plantains were not good. They were tough and chewy and hard to eat - rather dry. It was a disappointing meal.
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  • Stay away
    LlocoVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The restaurant experience begins with the hostess and in the case of this restaurant, it is a sign of bad things to come. Extremely loud music and unattractive décor.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The manager is friendly.
    Hazeleyes
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Went there and bill was in error but the manager rectified it. He was very pleasant. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too expensive
    ish1988
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Too much pernil and alittle of rice food was delicious but tlfor the price not worth it
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 215 reviews are from the Sazon reviews archive.
  • BrooklynVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I loved Sazon. The food was excellent the vibe was exciting and I would go again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.