Sofreh

4.7
164 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Persian
Please note: Sofreh will be closed for private events March 20-25

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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MU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend recommended this restaurant in my neighborhood. The food was excellent, atmosphere great. I cannot wait to go back!!!

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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Delicious food 🥘 highly recommend. The braised beef and spinach as excellent. Great drinks.

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

Every dinner at Sofreh is spectacular. Each dish is uniquely curated and is a feast not only for the palate but the eyes as well. Fantastic service and minimalist zen decor make the overall experience refreshing.

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FT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Modern, well-lit place with a decent sound level so you could carry a conversation without shouting, Great attentative service. Not all the dishes were wonderful though. Lamb was good, fish of the day less so. Date salad was fabulous. Carrot Halvah just ok.

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BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, great staff, excellent food, interesting menu. Highly reccommend

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MM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Growing up Persian in the US your family jumped at any opportunity to try out the latest new "Mediterranean" or "Middle Eastern" cuisine in hopes that it will pay some kind of homage to momman or momman bozorg's cooking. Sometimes you would get a kabab with decent rice and think, finally I have a place I can stop by if to feel like home just for a little bit but, unfortunately, those moments were few and far between. Kabab, ash, faloodeh.. these are so much more than comfort foods, they deserve more treatment than they have been given in my experience (East Coast). Thankfully all of this searching and needing more drove me to finally trying Sofreh. It was only after my experience here that I felt so cheated all my life because of just how divine everything had been prepared here. Its as if I had never known what a lamb shank was supposed to taste before I had the privilege of tasting it here. Don't bother yourself trying to decide what to order here, take a couple of your closest friends/family and order everything that you can. From the traditionally prepared Duck Fesenjan to the seasonal cauliflower appetizer with pistachio, you will not for a minute be disappointed in any item on the menu. Sofreh proved to me Persian cooking is everything I dreamed it was growing up; it can be innovative, deserving of a Michelin, a neverending depth of flavor, and all the while comforting and traditional. Do yourself and your tongue a favor, and visit this beautiful place that has graced us with its existence in Brooklyn.

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GE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

4th at this restaurant , it’s our new favorite neighborhood date night spot . Food is excellent as are the staff and owner.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A remarkable experience. Beautifully executed dishes. Everything we ate was incredible.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is absolutely incredible. Management is not very welcoming unfortunately.

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is amazing, so flavorful and cooked perfectly. Service rushed us on a 9:30 rez to get an order in because "the kitchen is closing". Also needed more bread for the two appetizer dips we ordered.

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e
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious except for the chopped salad (usually called "Israeli salad" in Middle Eastern restaurants in NY; it was too heavily spiced with tastes that didn't blend well together. The chicken dish was heavenly and the bread and dips also fantastic. The lamb shank dish wasn't special. We were disappointed that the restaurant wasn't friendlier, perhaps because it was a cold and snowy night and we had come a long way. We got there 15 minutes before opening and were made to stand outside in one of those plastic vestibule-type things; somebody did come to set up an electric heater but we could have been standing inside where it was warm and at that point there were only two of us. The noise level got very high as more people came in. The floor, ceilings and walls were all made out of stone or tile so there was no way to cut the sound. The waitstaff, etc. were very pleasant and attentive; they didn't have anything to do with keeping us out in the cold!

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n
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Persian food and was able to meet the owners and chef, they are lovely !

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J
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is so good! Can’t recommend it more!

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! I'm familiar with Persian food (mainly home cooked from Persian friends) and this didn't disappoint, more well presented but still served in a very Persian hospitable manner. Trying to book to come back but I think the word got out already and it's all booked out!

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EV
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second visit, this time with two friends, who hadn't been before. The oohs and ahs coming from our table-and the smiles on our faces-said it all. A total triumph. And if you like red meat, the steak main course (which can easily be shared by two people) ranks with the best meat preparation I've ever tasted. This is one of the great new restaurants in New York - and is not to be missed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my boyfriend for a persian dinner to remind me of home. Although they're food isn't traditional persian stews and kebab, their twist on it made it still very delicious and I enjoyed every plate of food. The owners were walking around greeting us and they were very kind as well. Great experience, would go again soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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SV
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a culinaric blast at Sofreh, the food was absolutely tasty, the meat tender, the seasoning just right. On top of that service was smart and charming and Alikhani is a good host!

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the people and the ambiance were all warm, flavorful and filled with curiosities! It was our first time and I was so excited to try Sofreh out given a few articles and reviews I'd seen. It lived up to my expectations and beyond. The tiny details attended to, are exceptional. Go! It's a delight.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food here is SO good!

I will say... The restaurant is (intentionally, I'm sure) a bit brightly lit, and also the table are quite close together in the back -- which means it isn't the most romantic date spot!

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

The food was outstanding, the flavours were wonderful and I'm looking forward to going again so I can try other items from the menu. Our waitress was very good and gave excellent recommendations. This is not a place where you can just get a drink at the bar, however so keep that in mind. But I highly recommend.

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful addition to the neighborhood and persian cuisine overall. Absolutely perfect!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience yet again. Food and drinks were amazing and the service was impeccable!

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu and drinks. The food is absolutely delicious! I loved my ghelieh-maahi, it was absolutely the best ghelieh-maahi.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It wasn’t as good as before. The wine was eh. And the quality of the food was better in the fall. Super disappointed.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful first time having Persian food. Will be back to try other dishes. Missed tadig on the menu can’t wait to go back

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RC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Sofreh is so unusual and flavorful; it's like an entirely new experience for your palate! Everything is so carefully cooked. We had the cauliflower appetizer-zesty and delicious! For mains we had the duck in an exquisite pomegranate sauce and the lamb shank, succulent and smooth. The owner/chef chatted with us at the end which added to a wonderful experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent service with flavorful adventure. From the the cocktails to the food! Dessert is a must!

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WS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Two separate managers told us we had to order and eat quickly because the friend I was celebrating with was 10 minutes late.... our waiter who was a gem even said she was working to keep them from coming over again. The food was outstanding, but the managers really could not have been ruder to us

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SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the staff. Food recommendations were spot on. We should up really late for our reservation but the host was able to accommodate us.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the month long wait for the reservation. My boyfriend is Persian and was nervous that it wouldn’t live up to his family’s cooking, but every dish exceeded expectations and is definitely authentic Persian food. The owner and staff were so kind and helpful with recommendations and asking for feedback. We will definitely be returning and would recommend i this place to others!

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BW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting exotic cuisine, swell service, casual ambience. Tahdig, Fallodeh, who knew? A real gem!

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NG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious and real
NYC needs places like this to exist

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l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sofreh was absolutely delicious, thoughtful and full of love - which (I think) means a lot coming from an Iranian American! The food was classic with just enough of a twist to make it modern but also so nostalgic for my grandmother's Persian cooking. The ambiance is perfect for a small group dinner and I can't wait to go back and try more of the dishes!

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a phenomenal meal at Sofreh! You could tell everything was homemade and there was attention to detail in every dish we had! We are a Persian family, and usually do not like to order stews at restaurants, but you cannot go wrong at Sofreh! Amazing food and amazing staff as well! The chef and her husband came around and made sure to explain the dishes and check in on us through our meal. I could not say enough good things, we will definitely be coming back!

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Sofreh was perfect in every way! The food exceeded our expectations, the service was superb and the personal attention and welcome by the owner made us feel as if we were dining in our Persian host’s home! We can’t wait to return and will soon. Thank you!

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BG
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We a disappointing experience at Sofreh. As residents of Prospect Heights, we looked forward to our dinner, which we booked six weeks in advance. We arrived on time to see a large crowd of people waiting. We gave the host our information and were immediately seated at a table next to the front door that was surrounded by people waiting and others coming in and out of the restaurant. The weather was frigid and we were extremely cold. This undesirable situation was exacerbated by people brushing up against us as they passed by. We had no eye contact with the wait staff and no sense of because of the sea of people around us. The food was decent. The grilled cauliflower appetizer and smoked eggplant entrée were outstanding. The ribeye "kebab" was also tasty, but other dishes were bland – especially the kofteh, half chicken and lamb shank. Ravagh does a much tastier version of the lamb at their E. 30th Street location. We asked for coffee and were told that it wasn’t “authentically Persian” and only tea was available. To cap off our dining experience, after we paid the bill at 10:30 p.m. staff person came up to us and asked us to leave so they could turn the table.

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BB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Apps and Salads are large enough for two and very tasty. I had the Duck (full leg and breast) and the Mrs had the Lamb Shank, both were delicious. Dessert was a slight let down since the rosewater sorbet was drowned out with lime and an inconsistent texture, the ice cream was great though.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Adequate, does not live up to all the hype. Some of the reviews were over the top written by people who obviously do not know very much authentic Persian food.

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