Sofreh

4.7
97 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Persian
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, the 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 wide 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Persian, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sunday: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm;
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Phone number
(646) 340-0322
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nasim Alikhani
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Private party facilities
For groups larger than 6 including private events please visit www.sofrehnyc.com/events/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Flatbush Ave
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Public transit
Subway: 2 & 3: Bergen Ave stop, B & Q: 7th Ave stop
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 97 People Are Saying
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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Contemporary and traditional flavors, these meals hit home. We licked our plates clean (no shame). The chefs, Ali and Soroush, and the owner Nassim really bring this place together. It’s a gem, we absolutely wont miss it next time we’re in New York. Very hospitable, gracious, excellent food (authentic but will be enjoyed by those who have never been exposed to Iranian food) and outstanding service. Definitely returning. Great for special occasions, large or intimate groups.

We had the lamb shank, fish, and kabob torsh (sour kabab). Delicious. Cocktails were outstanding too. Don’t miss them!

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A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really wonderful - a very flavorful and unique dining experience that's hard to find. The servers were incredibly friendly and helpful with questions as well. My friends and I went for a holiday dinner, and it's a great choice if you're looking to be a little decadent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A lovely new and unique option in Prospect Heights. There is love, care and attention at this place and the food was sublime. New and interesting flavors and heavenly bites. Put this one on your top 10 list to try soon!

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CN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Very nice, but we eat Persian food at home and Sofreh’s was much too salty. Drinks were good as were the desserts. Still there is better Persian food in other parts of the city

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MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive Persian Food in Mod Setting

Sofreh offers an inventive take on the flavors of Persian food in a hip setting. Tasty food, nice cocktail program.

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly - this place is amazing! We frequent quite a few Persian places around New York and this has become the favorite by far. The atmosphere is very chic, the food while nodding to tradition is updated and fresh and service excellent. We live on the West Side of New York and consider the bridges and tunnels travel well worth the experience.

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible addition to the neighborhood. Every dish, cocktail, dessert was memorable. I can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally a Persian restaurant that it’s not just about kabobs. This place is not your “traditional” Persian restaurant - in fact, it comes with a modern twist. Every single dish was full of flavors & it truly captured what Persian food is all about.
The service was amazing & the ambience couldn’t be more perfect. Their cocktail menu was quite unique. One of my new favorite local restaurants now & cannot wait to go back.

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WA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made our list of the most impressive new place we've been to in years

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

WE had a great meal. Only drawback, and it would not keep me from going back, is that they subscribe to the philosophy that loud music which begets a loud conversations creates positive feelings about the place.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Sofreh as a goodbye dinner for my cousin visiting from Iran. The food at Sofreh is very much the real deal and more. Everything was delicious and reminded me of the summers I spent in Iran growing up. Nasim, the owner and executive chef, is a class act and a perfect example of Persian hospitality. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food amazing, but right in the middle of dinner Steven Seagal walks in yelling "ANYBODY SEEN RITCHIE??"

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L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had my husband's birthday dinner here with our adult daughter and a Persian friend. We tried many things on the menu and everything was excellent. I especially liked the bread and the beef "kabob" which two of us shared and still left room for tastes for the rest of our party.

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LP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

MY HUSBAND AND I SELECTED THIS RESTAURANT BASED ON A NY TIMES ARTICLE WHICH RATED IT VERY HIGHLY. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED AND TRULY ENJOYED THE AUTHENTIC AND CONFORTING FOOD AS WELL AS THE VERY WELCOMING OWNER. WE CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN.

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H
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a lovely place for dinner. The food was vibrant and the welcome is superb.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nasim personally comes out and greets every guest that comes in. feels like you are entering her home with the warm plates and atmosphere. i love this spot and love that it’s right here in brooklyn

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooo good everything was delicious especially the lamb shank and tahdig! Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Ran into people we knew. Met the owner :)

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FC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 1

Food was fantastic but the lighting was way too bright and not very romantic. The ambiance and experience would be better if they dimmed the lights.

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BK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We ate at 9:30 on a Saturday, hardly that late for NYC. The restaurant had yet to set up its door tent so our table by the door was freezing. Our friendly waiter talked us through all the best parts of the menu and left us to ponder. When she returned to take our order we were informed that the restaurant was out of an unusually large number of dishes including all bread (sort of critical for dishing up the signature dips) and most rice. We were comped a bowl of soup for our troubles. Our cocktails were all much sweeter than advertised. And halfway through the meal I got an angry email from Open Table saying I hadn't showed up. When I asked the restaurant to fix it, they said "Well did you say your name when you came in?" I had indeed. In all, the hospitality and preparedness were lacking. But the food was splendid

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mind blowing. My new fave restaurant in Brooklyn. Attention to detail at every turn. Food is incredible.

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HM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was fine, some of it good, but the portions are stingy - for instance with the eggplant starter, they give you half a piece of bread and for the price point that is just ridiculous. The tastiest thing we had was the starter meatballs but the temperature was luke warm and again, portion was tiny. I won't be returning. There are two many other good restaurants in NYC where I can spend the same amount of money and leave satisfied and happy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Surprisingly lackluster food

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great space and delicious food. Hosts very engaged with customers. Great new dining place.

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CF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was interesting and different. Really unique dishes that didn't disappoint. The Lamb Shank was outstanding. I will be coming back a lot.

C

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific place, can’t wait to return for a special occasion (delicious lamb shank!...). Appreciated especially the lovely background music which matched food and atmosphere—and it was low enough to still allow for great conversations!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Owner was incredibly rude.

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N
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Persian restaurant in the tri-state area. Exceptional food. Must visit.

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TD
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch, from the food and service to the decor. Owner spent time at our table, explaining the genesis of the restaurant. He also suggested that we visit both restrooms (which we may have missed) and gave us a tour of the under-renovation patio after dinner. I can't wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must their pistachio saffron ice cream and everything is super

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure, always magical to be here. The hospitality and service.

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MV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I can't add much to the accolades regarding the food - it's all been said. Delicious meal well presented. The service was not quite as good - for example, our drink and food orders were taken all at once and then we had to wait a long time for the drinks. Plus, it got so crowded with people waiting for tables we couldn't see past them to flag down a wait person. But nonetheless a fab meal and I'm sure they'll iron out the kinks.

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AL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I already can't wait to go back to Sofreh - every dish we tried was amazing. They were accommodating with my food allergy, the decor was nice, and the cocktails are inventive. Highly recommend

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CW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the ambiance, the service were all impeccable!
I can't wait to return!

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imaginative and consumately-executed variant of Persian cuisine. Two eggplant dishes (app / main) with very different flavors. A spectacular chicken dish. But, in fact nothing there missed a beat. A thoroughly satisfying experience.

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KN
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Noteworthy, creative and fresh ingredients- delicious in every way. Must try.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing restaurant! Everything was perfect. The food was some of the best I have ever tasted. We were seated right away, our waiter was attentive, and offered us lots of recommendations . And we ate like queens. Everything was so delicious. We ordered so that we could share and we couldn’t finish everything. I cannot wait to come back. It’s a special place!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely delicious food accompanied by the friendliest service I have had in a NY restaurant in a long time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly special restaurant - a rare find.

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SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ok, not worth the hype. Misogynistic bathroom decor was just disturbing. Food just ok. Portions small. Light on veg, heavy on meat.

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