Sofreh

4.7
314 reviews
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Persian
For parties larger than 6 visit www.sofrehnyc.com/events
Brooklyn restaurant featuring authentic Persian home cooking made with love.

Traditionally, Persian families gathered around the sofreh, an iconic fabric spread that served as the backdrop for beautiful displays of food during New Year, weddings, and other celebrations.

More than a decorative tablecloth, sofreh represents the warmth and hospitality that Persian people are known for. We embody this ethos at Sofreh, with traditional Persian dishes that represent/speak to the rich heritage and diversity of the region that is modern-day Iran. We want Sofreh to feel like a second home - a place where you can experience comforting food, made with love, in an inviting atmosphere.
Our philosophy is simple - food should be authentic, well crafted, and delicious. We capture this essence in everything we create, from our homemade yogurts to our fresh-baked breads. We even make our own pickles and marmalades.
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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience! The food was amazing!! We will be back!! Highly recommend!

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our second time at the restaurant. This time for our daughter’s birthday. Food and service are excellent. My only complaint is the noise level. Hard to talk.

K
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food: Astonishing. Noise level: Deafening. Bring reading material, and prepare to be wow'd.

EC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food served is very good in terms of complex flavors, but the presentation is just average. The menu is limited and thus one wouldn't want to return to eat the same things over again. The serve staff was universally non-attentive including getting a rice order wrong. This was rectified by the restaurant giving our table a complementary rice dish. The noise level is very high including loud music.

SR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients and served with style! Sofreh truly excels on all fronts, culinary, service and ambiance!

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Appetizers were great( chili glaze cauliflower, eggplant with whey dip and kofteh meatballs; entrees were amazing chicken with barberries in plum saffron sauce, lamb shank super tender and wonderful steak with walnuts and pomegranates. Desserts were not as good but whole experience, service and ambience were great Will definitely be back

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

f
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Will definitely be back again. Hard to get reservation, though. Also closes too early.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service is terrible and pretentious, which is especially unacceptable for a neighborhood place with above average price point. As soon as you walk in the door the host is rude. After we sit at our table, a waiter did not accept our order for 45 min, explaining it that their"kitchen is busy". Nobody did anything - no apology or word from a manager. This was disappointing! We were starving and did not eat anything for a while preparing ourselves to a dinner in the Persian place. Well, anything can happened, however during the time we were waiting, nobody's even checked on how we're doing. Needless to say that no complimented "table food" or appetizers were proposed as well. They did not even bother if we have tap water on a table. Food is pretty tasty but not mind-blowing at all.

2
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A lot of down time between the appetizers and main courses, like there was a problem in the kitchen.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great flavors, fantastic!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service, atmosphere, and staff were all 5 starts for sure. Also, amazing exotic cocktails and wonderful appetizers, but the main dishes weren't the best. First, they came after 45 minutes. The steak (Kabob Torsh) was cold and the fish stew was over priced for its quality.

RE
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

On Saturday I received a call about our reservation and the caller, somewhat rudely, reminded me that if we don’t show up, the restaurant will charge our credit card $20 per person. A restaurant should never ever call its guests and threaten them with fines—such an arrogance and rudeness.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail and level of care is clear. The food is delicious. This is possibly the best quality Persian food you can find in a restaurant anywhere in the country. While perhaps on the pricy side, you really are getting what you pay for. One point off for value because the appetizer course comes with one piece of bread for the table, regardless of number of appetizers ordered or number of guests at the table.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute must to visit!

DW
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately the food was not so good and it was on the pricey side. Service was really strange, I was wondering if everyone was high...

KK
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was really overpriced for what you got. We ordered a $30 halibut dinner that was a small portion of over cooked over salted halibut with some sauce. The roasted cauliflower appetizer was exceptional—delicious and had a really interesting sauce, but the cauliflower was undercooked and hard to cut through for being roasted. The rice was a little dry. All in all it was alright but certainly not worth the high price tag and long wait.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, interactive and fun staff. Lovely owner.

PB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful bright restaurant and everything was delicious. Recommend the cauliflower and carrot appetizers and good cocktails. Fish with tamarind sauce was unusual and good. Lamb shank was so tender it didn’t need a knife. Easily accessible from the subway.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Where to begin! We had terrible service. When we arrived for a 6:45 reservation the restaurant was only half full. I am pregnant so I was happy that there was A/C because it has been so brutally hot. But then the service started getting real bad. Our reservation was for 6:45 and we didn’t get our entrees until 8:50. In addition, at the height of service they decided to keep the front door open for fifteen minutes. Our table was right by the door and I politely asked if they could close it. Not only because there have been blackouts all across the state, so having the door open with A/C going didn’t make sense...but because the noise from outside, the smell of gas fumes, and the heat were not a comfortable dining experience on top of which I am pregnant and the heat is extra brutal. My server sent a woman over to speak with us about the open door and she was not pleased with my request. Stating they must have fresh air every fifteen minutes and she didn’t care that I was pregnant. She was, needless to say, not very nice. We then proceeded to wait for over an hour for our entrees. And were given no less than six different answers why they were delayed. And rather than the staff being nicer to us, they got more and more rude and ignored us when we did try to communicate. We finally got a very nice woman who took pity on us (she alone gave us three different answers as to why our food was so delayed). And I will say, she did comp some items on our meal and was kind to us. The food was good. I wouldn’t say there was a need to go back, though. And at that point we were so tired and it had been over a three hour meal at that point so we even skipped dessert (which was also offered as a comp). Needless to say, this place did not live up to the reputation and reviews it had received and we will never return.

LL
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was really tasty: the steak and lamb were tender and perfectly seasoned; the chicken was moist; and all the food was beautifully presented. The decor was simple, clean, and appealing. In the middle and end of our meal, the owner herself came over to check in on us and see how we were doing. We would definitely go back to Sofreh.

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s a little pricey but there were some excellent dishes

BM
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Persian food and we've had home cooked experiences!

NJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here was well worth the wait to get a reservation! Every dish had unique flavors and the waitress helped with suggesting the best rice to enhance the meal. The decor is lovely.

Dinner at Sofreh is a special treat!

KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was stellar, 5 stars. Service was problematic, 3 stars. The eggplant dip was fantastic, as was the ribeye. But, it was almost an hour between receiving our appetizers and our main courses. It seemed the kitchen overlooked our order, which is an honest mistake. But the server and management (who clearly were talking about us) preferred to avoid us or make excuses about meat cooking times rather than apologizing. Three tables sat, ordered, ate, and paid in the time that we were waiting for our main courses.

The food could definitely make this a Michelin restaurant, but the immaturity of the service will hold it back.

IP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I ordered the eggplant, a friend ordered beef stew—-both were sour tasting and overly salty. The stew actually had a bitter flavor. Two others ordered the fish which was OK. The bread, similar to the bread given out in Turkish restaurants, was overpriced ($5 for a small piece). The yoghurt appetizer was underwhelming. The pistachio ice cream had overpowering flavors of saffron and rose water.
Possibly we aren’t accustomed to the flavor profiles of Persian food.
The ambiance and service was very nice but it is very noisy.

UE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This place is worth going to for the food alone. The Persian food here is authentic: delicate, subtle, yet rich and flavorful. I have not had better Persian food after 5+ years of living in NYC. I will definitely go back - it is well positioned in Brooklyn and easy to get to from Manhattan.

D
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must try! They make you feel like family. Food is full of flavor. Service is knowledgeable and attentive.

TG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Sofreh. I'd eat there every night if I could get a reservation.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exotic & Delicious

n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was great, beautiful space. We would go back.

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, the service is excellent. Make sure to order the roasted eggplant and kofteh meatball appetizers, and the tahdig as a side. The Persian ice-cream sandwiches are very nice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofreh is Persian heaven on earth!!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The music is too loud and hard to hear your friends talk.

DT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, really beautiful space and lovely atmosphere. I can't wait to go back!

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place all around: from the gentle welcome to the clean-room feeling to the intriguing menu to the unusual and exotic food combinations. We are eager to return as soon as we snag a reservation.

MW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

HD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a bit pricey.
However, the food is delicious and the wait-staff were lovely to deal with.

I would go back...but, someone would need to be treating me to dinner :)

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