Sofia's of Little Italy
Sofia's of Little Italy

Sofia's of Little Italy

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sofiaslittleitaly.com/
  • Phone: 2122199799
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Cafe, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand and Hester
  • Public Transit: Trains to Canal Street. N,W,R,Q and 6 Train get off closest.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sofia's of Little Italy
Little Italy's home of fresh pasta, homemade pizza, and the best of Italian-American cuisine
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Sofia's of Little Italy reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food4.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (6)romantic (6)special occasion (4)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Quaint
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The ambience is very nice - the service was great and the food Veal Chop was amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Italy Find
    Kid64
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food was very good as well as the service. They accommodated Our group of 10 just fine.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little italy option
    Foodieguy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Went with a group of six for my birthday. The ambience was lovely. Dim lighting, tasteful decor, right in the heart of Little Italy. Our server was nice and accomodating, dealing with all of our questions and requests, and made sure we were taken care of. The food was everything you could want in a homestyle italian restaurant. Not fussed with, just simple, well presented, and delicious. (My veal parmigiano was exceptional). Where they really scored points with me was that my friend had called ahead about bringing a birthday cake. Not only did they allow it, but they carried it out with candles, sang to me, took it back to the kitchen, and brought it to us garnished with powdered sugar and drizzled with cream. I will definitely be returning
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    TerryandAlice
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We are from DE; my wife & I found Sofia's 1+yrs... since then we have dined at Sofia's every time we are in NYC (~10x). We love the restaurant; especially the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • COMIDA RICA
    Amada
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    COMIDA DE BUENA CALIDAD. PEDI UN CORTE DE CARNE Y ES LA CARNE MAS SABROSA QUE HE PROBADO EN MI VIDA.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SolomonFamily
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. We were visiting NYC and our favorite Italian restaurant appears to have closed. This is our new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great but...
    Mactor17VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Here is my dilemma... This is some of the best Italian food I have had. The Chicken Parm is cooked to perfection each time I am there. It has one of the best Cesar salads in New York. The down side is the service. They are very eager to get you in, even standing int he street talking the place up, but once you are in the service goes down hill. Both times I was there, they forgot something. This time the bread never came. I will go back and just be prepared to have to keep asking for things.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing.
    Lynn
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We tried Sophie's based on the open table reviews. The eggplant rollatini and burrata and tomato appetizer were delicious. We were going to go with our usual staples for entrees-chicken cacciatore and gnocchi but let the waiter talk us into the 2 specials - a home made ririgotoni with scallops in a fra diavlo sauce and a veal chop stuffed with prosciutto and fontina. The fra diavlo sauce was so bland it had no spice to it at all and the veal chop was like licking a pillar of salt- it was actually inedible and we didn't take more than a single bite. When we told the waiter what we thought his response was that he didn't think we really wanted something spicy for the fra diavlo (?). Why would we order fra diavlo if we didn't want spices.
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  • The Indifferent Waiter
    WorldTravelersVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    What a very sad story it has become in Little Italy. with rising rents unless unless restaurants you imagine that the ones that still exist with care about their customers. This is not the case at Sophia's. The indifferent waiter was so obscure that I cannot even remember his name. A middle-aged semi bald grump. When you encounter the young energetic maitre'd encouraging you to eat in the dining room, proceed as fast as you can down the block to someone that cares. The lack of ambiance, attention, and downright indifference, should be avoided by all. The bright spot was the bus boy who brought us bread and water....just like prison. I have never been violated personally, but from what I've heard this is about as close as it gets. Run!
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  • Little Italy Gem
    MiloVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Classic italian dining in the heart of little Italy on mulberry street. Wine list has some notable italian wines. I especially love the octopus carpaccio appetizer and their tiramisu dessert. Friendly service and good pasta dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 177 reviews are from the Sofia's of Little Italy reviews archive.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The quality of the ingredients, everything hand made makes that restaurent an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Favorite Rest. in Little Italy
    ghwinNewYork
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a very memorable evening, taking another couple who specifically asked to go to a restaurant in Little Italy. We were thrilled with the food, the service was great, the ambience was friendly but still formal enough for a special dinner out. We are sure to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure how i feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The food was pretty good but nothing special. And considering we were the only people in the restaurant i would have expected our food to arrive quickly. They took almost thrirty minutes to bring our 3 orders. And only when it was nearing the time to close did they keep asking us if we needed anything, possibly so we could leave.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ctgirl9632
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Excellent food. Service was ver good and the wait staff are friendly and accomodating. All the food and even drinks were outstanding. Would definitely go back and recomeemd to everyone.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with my students!
    MsFloTravels
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I booked a group of 10 for 2pm and Sophia's was available. Their website and menu including Traditional Italian favorites, as well as Pizza, was a draw as I was dining with my high school students on a class trip from Virginia. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating. The food was great, timely and affordable. We will definitely be back on our next trip!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bit noisy, but good tasting food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Seating was a little unfavourable, while there were open tables at the back we were seated in the front near a noisy company. Food and wine were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very loud. When something
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Very loud. When something was being chopped in the kitchen the whole restaurant shook. Smell of cigar smoke from street and/or back office was very annoying. Basic food for Little Italy. Certainly nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is my 4th time dining
    Caterman
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This is my 4th time dining at Sophia's food always excellent. This time the branzino sea bass was amazing. Very attentive staff who were pleasant and willing to accommodate any requests. Have to question if they received our reservation they seemed not to have our name. However wasn't an issue the restaurant wasn't full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic charmer
    Apsara
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Our waiters' suggestions provided a wonderful meal. Where people often end up spending too much money for mediocre food. Not the case with Sofia's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out in NY with my Daughter
    Sudsville
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I took my daughter for a few days in New York for her spring break. When we came in we was surprised to find the restaurant was empty. At first we were a bit concerned it quickly passed with the amount of attention we received from the staff. The ambiance was quintessential Little Italy. We ordered the specials for an appetizer we had bacon wrapped scallops. For our entrees we had seafood linguini and pork rolled and stuffed with prosciutto, gorgonzola and spinach. The food was excellent. It was a wonderful evening spent with my daughter without any distractions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Italian Dining Experience
    TerryandAlice
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We were a party of six for dining at 6 pm on Saturday, March 1st. Due to the weather and time of year for NYC; Sofia's was usually quiet. My party was treated to a true Italian experience; private dining & service. Our meal began with a fine red wine, followed by antipasto, filet mignon meatballs & cheeses. Our main course (served familia-style consisted of Cornish game hen, pork chops in a sweet & spicy glaze and penne with salmon in a vodka sauce... wine continued to flow! I spoke my broken Italian to our waiter; his Italian flowed. It was a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful
    restauranteur22
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The food was flavorful and high quality. The osso bucco was to die for... So tender it fell right off the bone. The carpaccio and calamari were prepared perfectly. My only negative outtake was the portions were just a bit small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food
    MJG9
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food was off very high quality! Only slight problem was after ordering 2 starters from the specials we weren't made aware the specials were twice the price of anything else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good solid restaurant
    Yummyyummy
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We went in Jan., they were very nice and all the diners were in the warm section. Food was good, but appetizers disproportionately expensive. Got two appetizers, both ok (the mozzarella special was served cold, about $18, and scallops in prosciutto were good, but only three and also about $19). We enjoyed our dinner and the waiter was very sweet and attentive, but a family w/ small children was seated next to us at 8:30. Their child's foot was on our table, they played an iPad with kids media next to my ear, man's butt pressed against our table, etc. We would have stayed for dessert, but the atmosphere significantly changed and we wanted to get out. The staff did not seem to notice our discomfort, and we were ignored for about 20 minutes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely people great food every
    shankiVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    lovely people great food every time in NY we go here
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great
    Fred
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Big disappointment. After reading reviews for LI rest, I thought this would be top notch. It was far from top notch. We were seated by the front door and it was freezing. They even had a heater by the door. We asked to be moved towards the back of the restaurant and were denied. The service was horrible. The place was half full, at best on a Sat night? I.had to ask for water refills three times. We ordered ceaser salads which had too much dressing. I ordered the meatballs and was talked into the special filet balls. After our entrees arrived, we had not yet received our apps. Then informed they were out of the special. The regular meatballs came and were horrible. They still charged us for them. The pasta was ok, not sure if was homemade
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  • Little Italy at its best
    table45
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    I was nervous about choosing a restaurant in Little Italy. I wanted the best of both worlds for my guests - the touristy charm of an old NY neighborhood but also an authentic menu without any kitsch. Sofia's was perfetto! Order an amaretto after dinner and enjoy the fire show!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistant
    nlrcgVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My food was good. Others did not care for theirs (chicken marsala got an especially poor review). They were very friendly & welcoming to our party of 8 (4 adults, 4 children). Crowded & loud. But shouldn't a family friendly spot in Little Italy be like that? So yes, I would recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for 1st time in NYC
    mg0064
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great for taking my teenagers who were 1st timers to the city. Darden was wonderful. Food was outstanding. Had the mussels and a pizza. The girls had chicken parm and pasta alfredo. Hope to see you in the South soon Darden. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very slow...We
    sunnyday
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Service was very slow...We had to wait a long time for the food to arrive. We were sat right by the door and it was very cold. I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellente!
    Robswoman84
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Everything was so wonderful, from the location to the doorman to the waitress to the amazing food. Service was prompt but not rushed. Had the caprese and olive platter for appetizer. The mozarella was sensational and the olives were top quality. Fresh bread with quality olive oil was a perfect addition to dinner. Had the spinach and cheese raviolis and the lobster seafood linguine special. Just the plating alone made the dinner worth it. Gorgeous food with exceptional flavors to match. Cooked fresh and real, very satisfying! Perfect ambience for a small dinner party or a romantic evening. Small restaurant but the staff serve in a way that you don't realize how close you are to the next table. Delish!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Bother
    MooMooVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We were stopped, not greeted, at the door by some gruff shady guy. After telling him we had a reservation, the name it was under and the time it was for he told us to wait at the front door. He came back after about 5 minutes - "Yeah follow me." We were taken further into the restaurant and shown a table for 4 that was extremely cold because it was in line with the front door and the cold blasts of wind that were coming in. We noticed 2 tables set for 3 in a warmer area on the side. When we asked to sit there he told us that those were on hold. We reminded him that we had made a reservation for 3. He said "Yeah and here's your table (referring to 4 top)." We told him we wanted to sit at one of the tables set for 3. He said no and we left.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Christmas Dinner
    Bill
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We had a wonderful family dinner and the food was great. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    delicioso
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    we are a family of 6 and head into the city from Long Island every few months of so. we stumbled onto Sofia's because that's also one of my daughters names. we go back every time we're in little Italy. it's been delicious every time. the staff is very polite and accommodating to us as a family. the food is amazing...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took a friend here for a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I took a friend here for a 30th birthday celebration. The food was very good and given how busy the restaurant was, service was really good although a bit slow at times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typical little italy
    Foodapprci8torsVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Good food, not great service. Had to ask for menus, drinks, water, and pram cheese. At an Italian restaurant those should all be free flowing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • unhappy
    vinny
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    My daughter wanted to eat in Little Italy after seeing the tree, so I picked Sofia's. We had a reservation and sat quickly. That's where it ended. It was 30 minutes before we were given water, and didn't see a waiter for 45 minutes. The place was busy and grossly understaffed. We sat for over 2 hours and saw waiter for order and check, and nothing in between. The food was fair at best, especially since I paid $59.50 for my dinner. I am very unhappy and will never return. There are too many good restaurants in Little Italy to ever give Sofia's another chance to ruin my evening.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would definitely go again!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    The wife and I had a nice quiet dinner here on a Sunday night. We arrived early, but had no problem getting a table as it was a slow night. The service was excellent. It was slow, but sometimes that makes the service even harder as some servers tend to hover. That wasn't the case here. Our server didn't disappear, either. The server also was able to recommend an excellent wine for dinner and I'm not a huge red wine fan. The food was excellent as well. The only downside would be the portion size, which normally you don't run into at an Italian restaurant. I had the gnocchi and there were only a little more than a dozen on the plate. They were delicious, just wish I had more of them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Food was VERY flavorful! Would definitely recommend! Try the primavera!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sofia knows her stuff!
    mfitzg1
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Booked the Sofia's for a holiday dinner with friends and co-workers. The food was really good, the service was excellent and when the bill arrived, we were very pleasantly surprised at how reasonable it all was. I would recommend Sofia's to anyone that is looking for a good meal at a great price and top-shelf service in Little Italy. Manga Manga
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.