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Sorella

4.2
4.2
226 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

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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4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.0Ambience

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94% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. SM

    ShainaM

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

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    bill

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2014

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    great flavors , simple clean presentation interesting cook book..

  3. W

    Will

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  4. 5

    555aliceartist555

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  5. h

    hrdnot2

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  6. C

    Chaitiger

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    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.

  8. d

    doctort

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible experience! Great staff and the food was out of this world amazing. Smaller portions, but all in all A+

  10. S

    Soff

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I savored every bite! It's truly one of a very places where every bite just hits you like WOW!

  11. D

    Dono

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    excellent food and service - decor could use updating with attention to noise limiting materials - the dining room is small and noisy

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

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    Giovanni

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    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.

  14. SK

    SKH14

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

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    attentiondiners

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    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.

  16. A

    Angela

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  17. PS

    PatS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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!

  18. HS

    HSLinNYC

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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!

  19. N

    Neapolitan

    Nashville

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    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.

  20. NH

    NeldaH

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    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!

  21. m

    missleonyc

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    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.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Definitely try the broccoli appetizer, kale salad, veal crudo, and the tajarin pasta!

  23. O

    Ohayo

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    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.

  24. M

    Michel

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2014

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    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.

  25. a

    attentiondiners

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    you'll want the cookbook.. it's that good.

  26. N

    Nomnomnom

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappointing and always delicious!!

  27. DP

    DPom

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  28. CN

    CococatNYC

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2013

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    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.

  29. d

    dinerette

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We absolutely loved the food, service and atmosphere here! A real gem!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food very good. Service excellent. Especially recommend any of the side dishes.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The fried broccoli is not to be missed! But everything was fantastic and the service was superb.

  32. A

    Alaina

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  33. J

    Jloewe

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food, service and ambiance were excellent however they could be more generous with portions.

  34. A

    Amelie

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    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.

  35. N

    Nomnomnom

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been to Sorrella on numerous occasions and it never disappoints! I had an delicious dinner and absolutely divine desserts! I highly recommend!

  36. FF

    Farm2ForkFab

    London

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    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.

  37. a

    attentiondiners

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2013

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    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.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  39. m

    mgreen

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    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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