Sofreh

4.8
240 reviews
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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, 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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our waitress was unfriendly and condescending. Also if you have a stew that MUST be eaten with rice (or it’s not worth ordering), it should come with rice not require you to purchase it as a side. Feels like they have let the press go to their heads.

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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad I finally got to enjoy dinner at Sofreh; everything was superb and the space is lovely and calm.

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

Food is incredible. The place gets loud because it’s always packed from the moment it opens. Worth it though! Cocktails are excellent too.

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful Persian experience. Great food, large portions, very happy.

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JT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food is beyond amazing. I’m looking forward to go again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food but some dishes weren’t so special and thus not worth the higher price.
Nice looking restaurant. Professional staff. Chicken and lamb dishes were delicious. A bit too pricey.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well after 9 months of trying to get in here and finally booking a month out it sure was worth it. This restaurant checks all the boxes. Come hungry and splurge, enjoy Persian cuisines incredible flavor combinations (plum beef spinach stew anyone?). The menu is packed with only A-list items, you can’t order wrong.

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PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The server rolled her eyes at us when we weren't ready to order. She ruined my birthday by being rude.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the best Persian food experience in NYC. No one has attempted this modern approach, and it works. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a Persian restaurant.

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect meal again! Simply flawless. The handsome manager went out of his way to make sure everything was like a dream!!!

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JL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing. It is such a unique blend of flavors, it was really a treat. Highly recommend the kebab and chicken dishes. And the Persian ice cream is a must try as well!

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Making a reservation for Sofreh is not easy. Had to book close to 2 months before. The food was delicious & large portions. Two of us had 2 appetizers, the eggplant, wonderful & the Ash.
One main, the chicken, good but not special & saffron rice. More than enough food.
A table near us was very loud with no consideration for the other diners. Also, no coffee to end my meal & I am not a tea drinker.
I will try again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 1

Bad service (dropping knives, red wine served with drops and in water glasses), the tables at the back are very cold

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s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Given that it took three weeks in advance to get the reservation and the heavy buzz about this new Persian restaurant, we were excited to come and our expectations were high. The interior of the restaurant is brightly decorated with white brick walls and tasteful decorations. It was at capacity during our Wednesday night 7:30 pm visit, Although many of the items on the menu were new to us and required explanation and clarification, our waitress was unable to provide any helpful information, about the food 0r wine and drinks. In addition, the IPA I ordered only came after I made eye contact with the bar tender and he brought it to me himself.
As for the food, it was tasty and flavorful. For appetizers we shared the eggplant, cauliflower and one of the salads. But even here, it would have been helpful if the menu or the waitress indicated in advance that the cauliflower was VERY SPICY HOT! We then had three Sea Bass specials and one chicken. All liked the entrees and although the owner, who was very friendly and engaging, warned after we discussed the Cauliflower, that the fish too would be spicy but it was quite mild. She also advised us that this was the servers first night working without an escort, and they shared our concerns. Given all of this it would have been nice if they sent over a complimentary something for the table. Clearly the restaurant has manny positives with kinks to still be worked out.

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PN
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had wanted to check this spot out for a while, but it didn't live up to the hype. The lamb was dry and the waiter was pushing appetizers on us.

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would.live here if I could.

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I was very lucky to be able to snag a last minute reservation this past weekend. The food was uniformly excellent; everything we ordered was exquisitely prepared and full of complex flavors. They were unfortunately out of the tahdig, so I am excited to go back and try that as well as the eggplant spread, which I haven't been able to stop thinking about.

My one quibble was with the service. Although everyone we interacted with was extremely helpful and accommodating, it felt like they hadn't gotten things fully streamlined yet and there were some inconsistencies. We arrived about 10 minutes early for our 9:30 reservation and were seated right away. However, it then took about 10 minutes for our someone to come offer us water and another 5 for our server to come welcome us and take our drink order. That is understandable on a busy Saturday night, however about 5 minutes after that someone else (who I presumed to be the manager) came up to us to ask us to order quickly as the kitchen was about to close. From that point on it felt like we were being rushed through our meal. It's odd to me that an establishment of this level would offer a seating so close to when they knew their kitchen would be closing. It was an unfortunate sour note in an otherwise lovely evening.

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W
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A fantastic new restaurant that's a real standout with Persian food.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting, helpful staff and tasty menu!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfection.

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d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there and even better. Terrific and imaginative experience.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sofreh is a great restaurant! Food is always amazing and it's not too loud. Favorites include the eggplant spread, feta and herbs, and the steak, which is truly an outrageously good dish.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was superb but the evening got to a rather unpleasant start thanks to the maitre d’.

We arrived 25 mins late for our reservation because of taking the wrong subway line. We had, however, called the restaurant before to let them know of this delay, and the friendly member of staff on the phone assured us that it was no problem and that we would still have until 9pm before the next group would arrive.

After we had been welcomed and seated, the maitre d’ appeared and complained brusquely – and incorrectly – that we were 45 mins late and that the next guests would be there at 8:45pm and we would have to hurry. The right thing would have been to walk away.

Anyway, the food was superb and the evening was nice despite the maitre d’s efforts. The rest of the staff were friendly.

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MH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised. The food, cocktails and service was superb. The owner is such a classy lady, came to our table and asked us how everything was. I am a very service oriented person and I really enjoyed the service I received. We ordered the steak and fish. The steak was beautifully charred on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. The fish was extremely tasty. A very pleasant experience all around.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite food. The best I’ve had in a year. Can’t brag enough

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambience, service

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SS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofreh was the Persian restaurant I've been waiting for my whole life. The food was so perfect and flavorful and bright! Service was warm and friendly, and the atmosphere was modern and fresh but still warm. It deserves all the praise it has been receiving! I look forward to coming back. Dastet dard nakoneh.

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sofreh sets the standard for restaurants. Light, spacious, clean design elegance meets impeccable food with sublime and profound flavours. Prepare to be taken on a journey at this gorgeous establishment. Dress for the occasion ~ the owner might greet you with her grace, and you will want to hold on to that effervescence. Save more than enough room for dessert or tea at the finish of your meal. The pistachio rose ice cream is not to be missed! Sofreh is my new favourite restaurant, for it's the kind of place you want to book again even before you've finished your meal.

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t
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding! Flavors were vibrant, decoration is thoughtful and artistic. The owner is passionate and makes you feel at home. What a gem! Brooklyn is lucky to have this restaurant.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The fessenjoon was spot on, but the other dishes were solid but underwhelming—I was really expecting something more elevated but this was just solid Iranian cooking. The saffron rice was mostly plain basmati with a tiny bit of saffron rice on top. We asked for sumac to make it less bland and the request seemed to surprise the waiter. The tadegh was also just okay, not as delicious as I make (and I'm not Iranian). The cocktails, however, were just incredible, and the decor was lovely. We were also disappointed when we asked for an order of ash to go, and the kitchen refused: no "to go" orders (which is fine), but they would not even make for someone dining in-house and put in a takeaway container (which they definitely had). Strange. May go back when I'm craving fessenjoon, however!

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Many interesting menu choices.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the restaurant is super cute!

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AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

UNREAL. What a memorable meal! One of my new favorite restaurants in New York. I'd recommend to anyone!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is absolutely delicious. We received a lot of attention from the servers as well as the owners. A very special place!

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great meal. Excellent service. Only issue was they served my friend a dessert with almonds. He is allergic and was told there weren’t almonds in the dessert but found that there actually were. Everything else was fantastic.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I would definitely go again. The menu has a lot of options, you can't really go wrong with anything. The service was phenomenal and everyone was really nice.

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I was expecting to be wowed based on all of the hype, and difficultly to get a reservation. The restaurant is cute but so so loud, which takes away from having a nice dinner. Food was good but by no means mind blowing and it is not cheap. I'm glad I tried it, and all of the interactions with the staff were lovely, but for the noise and price point, likely will not return.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No complaints here!! We enjoyed the ambiance and table setting, ease of service, and most importantly, the food. Great simple menu, with just the right amount of options. As people who are familiar with Persian food, we really enjoyed everything we ate. Delicious comfort food, like the rich lamb shank, and tadig. My mom absolutely loved the catch of the day. Delicious starters like the bread with feta, yogurt dip with shallots, and salad Shirazi. Only critique— didn’t love the home made pickles, a little too vinegary (biased toward my grandma’s). Priced just right too! Thank you for a wonderful birthday dinner! Worth the wait for the reservation!

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LS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this was awesome. Service was exceptional, food was wonderful, and the overall feel was great.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is very tasty. It is a delight for the senses.

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