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: (212) 219-9799
  • 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
24 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food4.1
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Did not properly honor reservation
    Dante
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were very looking forward to dinning at Sofia's of Little Italy but our reservation was not properly honored. My wife and I were hoping to celebrate our anniversary there; however, when we arrived there was no seating available. We made our reservation at 7 PM and arrived 15 minutes early. The young man who greeted us the door could only put together a small table not even three feet from the front door on a cold night. Unfortunately we had to decline and go elsewhere. Too bad, I was definitely looking forward to trying their Osso Buco!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy and Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This place was super noisy- I think we just had bad luck of having some huge groups there- understandable. However, the service was poor- served coffee with no cream/sugar. I had to ask for the bill, ask for more water, ask for pepper & cheese on top of my pasta etc.. It was ok, but not the quaint Little Italy experience I hoped for. We were also sitting up front by the door, which was freezing. We had to keep our coats on the whole time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Perfect for a quiet dinner with outstanding food and wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My favorite NYC restaurant!
    Cruisethe7seas
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I took 3 work colleagues here and they were very happy! Quieter but not awkward silence- the food was AMAZING. The caprese was the best I've ever had, and the mozzarella was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is a great place to visit while in NYC. The food was great and the prices were reasonable for NY. The veal chop was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Italy Find
    Charliehelps
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Nine of us went to Sofia's for lunch. They could not have been more accommodating. We were seated quickly, served a glass of wine (or two) and ordered a variety of pasta and a pizza. All the dishes arrived hot and were very tasty, especially the linguine with sausage and the lasagna. the restaurant is a pleasure as it is not a big barn, like some of the other "names" in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food, ok service
    emmadining98765
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was pretty good, smaller serving for the price. Our waiter was nice but we asked for an affogato after the meal and he just didnt seem to know what we meant even though it was o the menu and we pointed it out. He said ok then just never returned with anything. After 20mins waiting we asked foe the bill from another waiter and it was never ordered. Tasty food, but experience was average
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip It
    Randyontheglobe
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    With so many restaurants to choose from in Little Italy you can do a lot better. The food was pretty good - had a memorable carpaccio- but the service was inattentive. The greaseball hawking customers from the sidewalk (and practically catcalling female passersby) made a negative first impression that the meal did not overcome. I can't think of any reason to recommend Sofia's.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Sofia's of Little Italy reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Ambiance and good food
    Melly83
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    It was my first time going to Sofia's and I really enjoyed the quiet ambiance of the restaurant. The food was good ole' Italian cuisine, which you can never go wrong with. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure how i feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
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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.
    • Food
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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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great
    FredVIP
    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.