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I Sodi

4.4
616 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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Enjoy an authentic Italian culinary experience with a calm atmosphere and a variety of delicious offerings at I Sodi. The menu reflects elements of Florence, Italy, where the owner was born and raised. Appetizers include various salads and a selection of meat and cheese dishes. For the main course, I Sodi offers housemade pasta dishes that include spinach and ricotta ravioli and lasagna in meat or artichoke sauce.

Those looking for other options will find Cornish hen, New York strip steak and fried chicken dishes crafted with fine herbs for a full-bodied taste. Side dishes include sautéed spinach, fried potatoes and cannellini beans to name a few options. I Sodi has a bar with drink selections that pair beautifully with the various meals.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Lunch: Saturday-Sunday 12pm-3pm
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Phone number
(212) 414-5774
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rita Sodi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bleecker & Hudson Streets
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Public transit
1 train to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Oh this was an amazing restaurant. Food was the fantastic but the service was the part that pushed the score to 5/5.
We had Tartare, Lasagna, Artichoke salads, Risotto. All super good

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2016

We come to I Sodi a few times a year and are never disappointed. We were there the night of the NYT review by coincidence and it was packed. Newer waiter was rushing us a bit, but it will settle down again and be the perfect gem of a restaurant that we love. The food is divine.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Food is excellent but staff make it very clear that they have ample regulars and you're not one of them. Left standing in doorway without anyone so much as nodding at us for literally 5 minutes. And not because we were badly dressed or behaved just to be clear, and we had a reservation at an early hour. In fairness, the place is tiny, but the chilly attitude was most disappointing. Oh well, there are plenty of top notch restaurants where they treat new patrons beautifully.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2016

The restaurant staff is professional and welcoming. The restaurant itself is small and the decor is not so inviting. Food is overpriced-better value at Villa Mosconi, Mezzogiorno, Arco Cafe. The cacio e pepi is VERY peppery and salty-overpowers the pasta.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2016

I Sodi was recommended to me by a friend, and his recommendation did not disappoint. We had a little bit of an early reservation, but we were greeted warmly, and our server was very kind and had a great knowledge about the food and wine. He also gave us our space and let us eat our meal, without feeling rushed, so they could sit the next table.

Definitely will go again!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2016

Reservation was honored on time...Food and wine were very good...Loved the ripe olives served gratis...Server had a bad attitude for no apparent reason

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2016

We were seated close to 8:40pm for an 8pm reservation which we were on time for. This didn't bother us because we weren't starving or in a rush, but we should have seen it as a red flag. Staff is friendly and the white negroni and wine were great. The restaurant was busy and maybe a server or someone called out, but we shouldn't have felt the effects. The timing gaps between being served water, drinks, bread/olives and entrees were very wide. Sardine special was good but needed a squeeze of lemon. We had one bite of the rabbit and cacio e pepe and both were not good at all. The rabbit was dry and just tasted of weird pancetta. The side of cooked greens were terrible and tasted like mucky frozen spinach cooked in salted water - there was barely an afterthought of evoo and garlic. The cacio e pepe had so much black pepper that I physically had difficultly swallowing my first and only bite. Servers walked by and eyed our full plates but no one stopped to ask if anything was wrong. Our server apologized but didn't offer any solutions and dropped the check. The two entrees we barely touched should have been comped. No manager came by. At that point, our only recourse was to withhold the tip. I've never not tipped - it was an awful feeling, but I hope the restaurant is mindful and kind enough to their staff to pay out the server on the check despite the lack of tip. My boyfriend and I work in the restaurant industry. Our overall experience was absolutely abysmal.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2016

Second time that I have been and my expectations were extremely high. The food surpassed my expectations and I would have given this a 5 star experience had it not been for one of the staff who was incredibly rude to a member of our party. It is extremely unfortunate as the experience otherwise was excellent and this individual ruined it.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2016

I don't live in NYC and the only reason I came was for the Artichoke Lasagna...which they were out of sadly. The replacement dish was over salted and I barely ate any of it. Bummed as I have been trying to get back to one of my fave NYC italian spots since I moved 4 years ago only to not be happy when I left...

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2016

The food was excellent and service was efficient but not too rushed and the small. The special truffle tagliatelle was amazing. Radicchio salad (which I normally don't like) was excellent as was the rabbit. The ganache cookies with graham crackers were sooo good. Excellent food - not over complicated which I find far too many places do now. Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2016

We had 3 different pasta dishes and they were all fantastic. Will definitely be going back

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We just keep coming back! The steak tartare is unrivaled. The pasta is always wonderful. And the staff are great.

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1.0Dined on February 12, 2016

Cold, rubbery bread in the bread basket, artichoke salad like cardboard with something like lousy provolone being passed off as pecorino. My husband's pasta with ragu was fine, but the fried chicken was rubbery and the rabbit was incredibly over salted. Orange tart with chocolate gelato had lost all it's flavor. Must have been sitting there for a month before they served it.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2016

My favorite Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village. Few tables so reserve well in advance. Authentic and refined Italian menu. The lasagna is remarkable, especially the artichoke lasagna. Cacio e pepe is as good as you can get in Rome. Very nice wine list.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2016

We ate at the bar; something we love to do at all of our favorite restaurants. Our bartender, Chris, was quite inattentive and dismissive of our inquiries. His responses seemed to be in code. Finally as we were leaving and saw the signature dish of fried artichokes and inquired why he had not offered them; his response was only if you are friends of the chef might you have those. Really??!! We will never go back. Too many choices in our neighborhood. Too bad as the food was quite good.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2016

Exceptional, authentic food. Attentive, experienced, knowledgable service. Very small, quaint space. Perfect for a romantic evening and great option to eat at the bar if you are dining alone.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2016

Small, charming great service food etc

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2016

Loved I Sodi for the food and service, but very small and everyone's packed-in. Luckily we scored a table by the window, where there's more breathing room. First off - it's impossible to get a reservation here. We lucked out by getting one, last minute, at 8:30. But still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. But we had a nice cocktail on the little bench in the entry way. Once seated, service was efficient and quick. Had the grilled sardine appetizer special - delicious with this fluffy potatoes that were great. Main course - rigatoni and another special, lasagne with black truffles. Also wonderful - my husband thought it a pricey for just pasta , though. But I had a cocktail and we each had two glasses of very good Italian white - like a Chablis. too stuffed for dessert. Would go back but hesitate as it's a bit claustrophobic if you're seated against the wall.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2016

We have been coming to I Sodi for years, it is our favorite place for a special night out! That being said it is also our favorite for the best food and most wonderful service! The restaurant is lovely and calm. Love it!!!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2015

We were sat 45 minutes after our reservations. We were comped 2 cocktails. The Food was great But the service was very slow.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2015

Got the fried artichoke special, the Cacio e Pepe, and a kind of meat sauce pasta. The meat sauce wasn't that special, but the other two dishes were. Our cocktails were also terrific.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2015

The artichoke salad is amazing!

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2015

This is our 2nd time to the restaurant and it will remain on our Short list for everytime we are in New York. Great service but the food sets them apart....artichoke appetizer, homemade pastas, branzino with white beans and the "to die for" Pane cotta. Excellent wine list and lovely romantic yet lively ambiance.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2015

It's a nice neighborhood spot..thought portions were too big but enjoyed the evening and would go if I lived in the neighborhood. Wasn't that great to warrant a big effort to get there.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2015

Simple, perfectly executed Italian food. The steak is amazing, and the pastas incredible. Great wine list and attentive service. One of my New York favourites

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2015

The good was excellent. The antipasto, paccheri and lasagna were delicious and the fiorentina steak with arugula was particularly good. Portions were noticeably large, especially the antipasto.

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4.0Dined on November 8, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised with I Sodi. The menu is not typical--if you're not a foodie and want spaghetti and meatballs, this is not the place for you. I very much enjoyed the dishes we ordered, especially the paccheri. The venue is very small but cozy. We had a table for four, and given the size of the space, I found the table to be amply-sized and comfortable. While we brought our two kids, I wouldn't recommend it. Luckily, we got there on the early side so it wasn't much of an issue.

I think I Sodi is charming, I enjoyed it's unique menu, and I would gladly go back with friends.

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2015

Why? She is imaginative, knows Italian food well, and trusts ingredients. Those ingredients include artichokes which she shreds, fries, roasts. Those ingredients at this time of year include truffles and porcini mushrooms. Who can ask for anything more? Well, there is more--a warm, accommodating, helpful and professional staff. Happy eating to those who visit.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2015

we loved everything about I sodi...a great maitre'd, lovely waitress navigating us through the Seasonal menu....We ate Rabbitt and one of the best steak tartares ever !!!!....not to mention that light lovely lasagne,....where is the cookbook...?

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2015

The food is top notch, fresh, delicious! Excellent service and a really fine ambiance. One of my all time favorite restaurants in the city!

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2015

The food is excellent—authentic, no-frills, perfectly executed—as is the wine list (with prices on the higher end). The waitstaff is extremely knowledgeable about both the menu and the wine/bar. The space is nicely arranged for such small quarters. It can get quite loud, though.
My only serious qualm is that the last time we ate there, we felt rushed to leave at the end of our meal. And, we were not the only ones: the table next to us was specifically asked to leave because people with a reservation were waiting. Of course, walk-ins waiting a long time and people with reservations past their seating time should expect to be seated promptly. However, it's a shame to feel like you have to end your pleasant meal on a rushed, sour note. Perhaps they should consider spacing their reservation times further apart.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2015

I Sodi is a little gem in an unusual spot on Christopher Street. Hidden among the bars and other less classy places in the 'hood, I Sodi fosters not only excellent food and service, but a classy place to be together for a great meal. While the first courses can be a little on the shy serving size for the price, the main courses are both delicious and priced right. The only down side is the size, and we all know that in this neighborhood, size matters!

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2015

The food was wonderful, especially the tagliatelle with shaved truffles.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2015

We love I sodi and the food is wonderful - usually always a 5 Star. During our during our last 2 reserved dinners we were kept waiting 20-30 mins. This has never been an issue before. I hope it doesn't continue.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2015

Service was great. My daughter is a vegetarian so she really liked all the pasta choices. I too had pasta but next time will try a meat. One draw back was all dishes had the same colour. Sort of beige.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2015

Food was excellent but we were not seated promptly (kept waiting close to 20 mins) despite having a reservation and all parties being present too. Disappointed by this incident as we were entertaining someone from out of town and server was short with us. If the restaurant needed the table back from a prior seating by a certain time, they should enforce it.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2015

I've dined at I Sodi several times and the experience never ceases to please. Simple, beautifully presented, delicious. Staff is attentive, knowledgeable and interested. Wine listed is substantial. Cocktails, the negroni in particular, are consistently polished. I would have given fives all around but for the fact that my missing dessert went undelivered even after I made it known. But the place is so good, I really didn't care.

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2.0Dined on October 4, 2015

Even though we had a reservation at 9:00, we waited at least 35-40 minutes after arriving. Watching walk in parties be seated, we felt as if we did not have a reservation.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2015

My husband heard about I Sodi from colleagues. He likes to research places to dine when he reads that a certain restaurant is supposed to be "0ff the hook" as was the talk among the restaurant crowd over I Sodi! I made a reservation well in advance to celebrate our anniversary and we were not disappointed! The food was off the hook! Delicious, we can't say enough, and we are both very good cooks in our Kitchen. The atmosphere was trendy and classic, simple elegance in design and the service polite, charming and professional. You weren't rushed between courses and the wine was superb. We love I Sodi and we will be going there again...soon!

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1.0Dined on September 28, 2015

Great food, unbelievably bad service. Rude hostess, and the chef-owner ignored my follow up email addressing the poor service. Used to be outstanding choice. Clearly never going back.

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