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Sofia Wine Bar and Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Italian, Wine Bar
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242 E 50th St, New York City, NY 10022-7763
+1 212-888-8660
16:00 - 01:00
Open now
All hours
Sun - Mon 16:00 - 23:30
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 00:00
Thu 16:00 - 01:00
Fri 16:00 - 01:30
Sat 17:00 - 01:30
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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a great Friday happy hour experience! Place was hopping, but server configured a table for 4. Fresh Pizza and meatballs were a great accompaniment to wines.

Thank Jodilynn84
New York, New York, United States
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91 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great wines, great Italian vibe. Small plates of delicious food. Can't wait to go back. The bartender is from Italy and makes you feel like you are in the center of Tuscany. A truly special place in the heart of NYC.

Thank Jimmy B
Dallas, Texas
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80 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was recommended and did not disappoint. Excellent pizza and intimate interior. Did not have a reservation on a Friday night but were able to be seated promptly. Friendly service.

Thank Snowmanpez
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My husband & I went there on our first night in NYC and were not disappointed. Leo made us feel right at home and although our intention was to just have one glass of wine and go elsewhere , we ended up staying for their pizza and more wine! Leo took the time to talk to us, explain everything we... More 

Thank Diana K
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This quaint place has a great atmosphere and it was nice to try out various wines with a few snacks. The food was really good but a bit over priced considering it was pretty a basic menu for a city like New York with so many options around

Thank Jenpowell31
Tempe, Arizona
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119 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Came here while staying at the Waldorf . About three blocks away but happily unpretentious, and everyone welcome. We came early and there was a mix of people having a drink and eating. It's small, and can be loud but in a good way, because everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. We had a salad, some Caprese (homemade Mozerella) excellent,... More 

Thank William S
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

When I lived in NYC I was a regular. By that, I mean that my wife and I were there about every 7-10 days. What's better than a glass of wonderful wine in a great and comfortable setting? Having the ability to choose between 80 or so wines by the glass paired with wonderful food. My favorites included their meatballs,... More 

Thank RossFelix
Tampa, Florida
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240 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We were staying nearby and tried this place out on our first night in town. It set the bar for our stay and no other restaurant met this standard. Just a lovely quaint cafe, delectable wine selection and wonderful staff.

Thank The_Hailes
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

We visit Sofia wine bar every time we come to NYC, and loved it just as much this time as previous visits - a real neighborhood-style place in the city, a relaxed and warm atmosphere, and great, simple food. The service was excellent, and the wine selection and quality is superb. Sofia will continue to be our 'go to' place... More 

Thank HalfwayCottage
upstate New york
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Was meeting up with someone who was staying nearby and took a chance with going to Sofia's as I have never been there. The two people I met up with are huge wine drinkers and both said the wine was great and the selection very good. I am not a huge wine drinker so I would not feel comfortable even... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Wine Bar
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 23:30
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:30
17:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 E 50th St, New York City, NY 10022-7763
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-888-8660

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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