Sorella
Sorella
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Sorella

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sorellanyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122749595
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Emma Hearst
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Contact General Manager for details and pricing.
  • Private Party Facilities: Contact General Manager for details and pricing.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Krathen 2122749595

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Delancey and Broome
  • Public Transit: The F, J, or M train to Delancy/Essex Street or B and D to Grand Street.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking or parking garage at 59 Allen street, just south of Grand St.
A word from Sorella
Sorella is the "sister" conceived on a journey throughout Northern Italy. We found a love for Piedmont's cafe culture that insisted we bring the feeling back to New York. The small villages and cities of Piedmont were the only places in the world we found that we loved even remotely as much as we love Manhattan.



Sorella is our family. We are connected not by blood, but by a mutual love for tasty food and wine. Artisanal products of every sort have a permanent place in our cozy, sparkly lower east side home. We built our home on memories, inside jokes, and as much friggin wine paraphernalia as possible. We thrive to make every client a member of our little family...
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Sorella reviews from OpenTable diners
  • LES Gem!
    ShainaM
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Everything about Sorella is charming; the design/spacial-flow, the staff, and of course the drinks and food. A friend and I shared a few plates and everything was interesting, fresh, and beautiful. Each dish was textured without being complicated or pretentious and the vodka cocktail was just the right amount of bitter and sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sor
    billVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    great flavors , simple clean presentation interesting cook book..
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Was visiting my brother and took him out for his birthday. Beyond happy with the meal. The pastas were especially fresh and full of rich, yet light, flavors. All-around special meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in the Lower East Side
    555aliceartist555
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were looking for a place in this area that was not Chinese. We were staying nearby onAllen Street which has not yet been gentrified as have many others in this part of NYC. From the outside we did not know what to expect, it almost looked closed. When we opened the door, we were amazed. Romantically dim around the bar area, light streaming in through skylights in the seated areas. The menu is short & varied with concentration on totally different Appetizers. The pasta is homemade with melt in your mouth texture & flavors. Again, the combination of ingredients are stunning. This restaurant is owned by Emma Hearst chef, & Sara Krathen front of House. They are doing a great job.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian food in Manhattan
    hrdnot2
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Delicious food. Great cocktails. Impeccable service. You can actually talk to and hear the people at your table. The rooms are welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian in The city
    Chaitiger
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The whole meal was amazing. The fried broccoli is magic and can't be missed. We had the kale salad and I could have licked the plate. Next I had the pici pasta and the sensible portion really helps to savor the flavors.. Delicious and for dessert we shared the peanut butter dessert that I can't remember what it's called. It had a warm chewy brownie and toasted marshemellow gelato.. Just beautiful! I left feeling extremity satisfied and was able to walk lol. The ambiance is very cool and comfortable.. Give it a try, you will love it!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as always
    Sublime
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The fried broccoli is a must-have! Request a table in the back for a more "private" dining experience, but the bar area is super fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    doctort
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    i have never had a meal here that I was displeased with. Once, the wait staff was appalling but that has been rectified. But, please, please, bring back the sinful brussels sprouts with bacon!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Incredible experience! Great staff and the food was out of this world amazing. Smaller portions, but all in all A+
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Soff
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I savored every bite! It's truly one of a very places where every bite just hits you like WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and service
    DonoVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    excellent food and service - decor could use updating with attention to noise limiting materials - the dining room is small and noisy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    This was our third group visit to Sorella. As part of a university trip we have been as a group of 7 each of the past three years with a slightly different line up but each and everyone of us considers it the most memorable meal each time. The food itself is fantastic - I think between us we tried most things on the menu. Great choice of cocktails and wine and knowledgeable staff who make recommendations with a personal touch. Nothing disappoints from appetizers to wide range of desserts and gelato. Everything about this place is just perfect and done in a stylish, classy way. The food alone is standout but add great service and ambience. I would recommend this place to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a Joke
    GiovanniVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The atmosphere of this place was depressing and it looks like someone cleaned out their garage, but kept the old tables and chairs. The food was lousy and worst of all, the service was aloof and pretentious and had major attitudes. No wonder it was empty on a Friday night.
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  • Excellent service was/ awesome food
    SKH14
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Came here with my parents the night before the NYC half marathon - solely because they had Brussel sprouts with bacon and apple on the menu. And while I loved the Brussel sprouts - the rest of the menu didn't disappoint either. Our waitress gave us great recommendations as well. I had read beforehand that the portions were small - I didn't find that to be an issue though. They were just the right portions so everybody was full but still had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Invariably excellent pasta
    attentiondinersVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Invariably excellent pasta and the broccoli fritto continues to hit the proverbial spot. Unassuming, relaxed, and dependable, this is becoming one of my high-end comfort food go-tos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful and Delicious
    Angela
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Our table was a little small - but so were the delightful portion sizes. We shared a few small plates and it was more than enough to fill us up. I highly recommend the Pici - it was so scrumptious we almost ordered a second portion but decided to save room for dessert. And we were SO glad we did. The tiramisu was more like an ice cream sandwich with their homemade gelato - it was light, and tasty. Our waitress did tend to linger a little bit and frequented the table a little too much... but her personality was upbeat, she was very friendly, and she was very knowledgable about everything on the menu and wine list. So overall we would say the service was exceptional as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Molly Nickerson top chef
    PatS
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Everything about our experience at Sorella was amazing. The service impeccable, atmosphere fun and charming, and then there is the food. We were a party of 5 so were able to taste a number of the unique appetizers and a few sides before we had the pasta. Until now I never had a broccoli dish I liked. The grilled quail and veal tongue appetizers were amazing (they all were really). Then there is the pasta: the agnolotti melted in your mouth and the lamb Ragusa was outstanding. Molly is one of the top young chefs in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    HSLinNYC
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Hidden on a gritty block of the Lower East Side, this polish gem of an Italian restaurant offers delicious, imaginative Italian food, a lovely ambiance and attentive service. I'd go again in a minute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well-edited Gemt
    Neapolitan
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The front of the restaurant, the decor, the menu, the wine list-- all pared-down offerings of quality over quantity. The Piedmontese food and wine are comforting and unusual in equal measure. Service is friendly and low-key, but thorough. Our table of 4 ordered 3 "qualcosine", 4 pasta dishes and a side of Brussels sprouts-- the perfect amount of food, and every bite was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    A lovely taste of Italy hidden off of a rough street on the LES. A great place to relax after art gallery hopping at the new spots in this neighborhood. The food was complex and delicious and our waitress was instructive and unobtrusive. Delightful eating experience - and the chefs have a cookbook!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for date night
    missleonycVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food, the lighting, the wine: all perfect. The service, a little off. No big deal. Next time we will get a meat and cheese plate and sit up front in the bar area for a casual night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great go-to with notable dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Definitely try the broccoli appetizer, kale salad, veal crudo, and the tajarin pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great and inventive
    OhayoVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    There was nothing about the quality of our food to complain about, fresh and tasty. Place was packed, drawing a very colorful local crowd. Service could use some work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Room for improvement
    Michel
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food and ambience were good but the overall experience wasn’t. At 8 on a Saturday evening in a nearly empty restaurant we were told that there was only one lamb shank left (fish and vegetarian pasta were other two mains). Over the next two hours we heard groans and moans from customers as they were told there was no more lamb and that if they really wanted a meat dish they could order a pasta dish with a meat sauce. What restaurant runs out of one of its mains before the evening has barely begun? We also ordered different wines by the glass to go with each course; although each course arrived at its appointed time the wine didn’t; we waited impatiently for our waitress, flagged down the water server, etc., before receiving our wine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back!
    DPomVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    This place was great and our server, Lindsay, was one of the best we've ever had, anywhere. The fried broccoli is a must, as everyone says.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit disappointed!
    CococatNYCVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Couple of times, I had a dinner since they opened. But, I was disappointed of their salty appetizers at this time. I think it should be bit less salt for some appetizers. Otherwise, they will kill the each ingredient's taste and balance as my opinon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorella was great!
    dinerette
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We absolutely loved the food, service and atmosphere here! A real gem!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lower East Side Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Food very good. Service excellent. Especially recommend any of the side dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italian gem on the LES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    The fried broccoli is not to be missed! But everything was fantastic and the service was superb.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I rave about this place to everyone
    Alaina
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    The food quality and flavor combinations are amazing. The servers are always very knowledgable and go above and beyond. The wine list has a beautiful selection that pair perfectly with the menu. Save room for dessert because the homemade gelato is out of this world. If you ever want to impress someone bring them here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jloewe
    Jloewe
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    The food, service and ambiance were excellent however they could be more generous with portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dessert
    AmelieVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The inside section is quiet and the outside section with bar is more lively. Small restaurant but still enough space for each table. The Panna Cotta is super delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    Nomnomnom
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I have been to Sorrella on numerous occasions and it never disappoints! I had an delicious dinner and absolutely divine desserts! I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Food / Great Service
    Farm2ForkFabVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    If you like fresh food that is expertly crafted then this restaurant is for you. Everything was delicious, portion size appropriate and everything was inventive with regard to ingredients including the cocktails. Our server was excellent and in addition to knowing the menu and guiding us through it, she made great wine suggestions and timed the meal well. Great place - I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Mediocre Service
    attentiondinersVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Cons: A party of 6 w/ reservations for 9pm, we were seated at 9:40. In the interim, we were asked to wait "beside the bar." Servers checked on us only once every 20mins as we were shuffled around the restaurant. Wine was ruined by steaming hot glasses. Waitress threw down cocktail menus at every course; I can only hope these would have been served chilled. Music heavy on dad rock, marring an otherwise tasteful décor. Pros: The broccoli fritto is a standout appetizer. Pastas are simple and considered. The bombolini are accomplished, not-so-little things. Reasonable food prices. Conclusion: Service defeated the chefs' best intentions. Needs a new waitstaff and to restrain itself from accepting reservations overeagerly.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I found Sorella on a list of "15 of New York's Most Underrated Restaurants," alongside several other spots we've tried and loved. We had extraordinary tasty food and a charming, helpful server. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    mgreen
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Sorella, the waiting staff was very attentive and knowledgable of their menu. I ordered to start the Speck and paired it with a cheese recommended by our waiting staff which was awesome. Next we had the veal short breads in this home made tartar amazing sauce (highly recommend.) Then we had the grilled quail, and this was prob our least favorite dish but it was still tasty. The one that blew us away was the Sorrel Stracci which was great, lamb and the homemade pasta were truly incredible. Great cocktails as well, overall I had a great dining experience and will be back there again, especially since I live right next door to it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Sorella used to be one of my favorite spots on the lower east side, they were known for their YUMMY stuffed meatball - which hasn't been on the menu for over a year apparently - the food was mediocre, they have serious climate control issues, way too cold to too warm. We started w Old Fashion's and those were below mediocre, the wine was excellent though. And, our server was extremely knowledgeable about the wine and the cheese which was definitely the highlight. The rest was disappointingly mediocre. This used to be one of my favorite spots, I am so sorry to see it on the decline.
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  • Excellent northen italian food
    chiaraVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Food at Sorella is authentic northen italian with creative and modern touches. The agnolotti that i had could have been easily found at a restaurant in Piedmont. I love the veal crudo, the fried broccoli, the stracciatella salad. All the pasta dishes were good or very good. Service was attentive and nice and the palce was calm, we could talk to each other without screaming. Next time I will ask to be seated in the room next to the entrance which is more cosy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very low-key but tasty Italian
    Roconuts
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    I work for an Italian company, have been to Italy many times, and I can say with confidence that the food at Sorella is very good. I especially the fried broccolis for the appetizers. The portions here are a bit strange; they skew on the smaller side so I recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers and pasta dishes and sharing as a table. And leave room for desert. The chefs here are very creative and it shines through especially with their deserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.