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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
(212) 888-8660
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Sun - Mon 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thu 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri 4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 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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230 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 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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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 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 March 20, 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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23 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016

Probably the biggest selling point for Sophia is its charm -- it is a small cozy intimate place, very pretty and sweet. Nice wine selection. The food is simple -- pizzas, paninis, chacuterie and the like, but fresh and good. I had an arugula salad, ample and well dressed and the eggplant parmigian -- it was tasty,albeit a little overwhelmed... More 

Thank catherinems2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2016

lovely wine, service and atmosphere, a surprising find for this area. there are so many chains and eateries with no atmosphere around here but sophia's is warm, friendly and a lovely candlelit buzzing atmosphere! a must visit if you are staying locally

Thank rainydaysco
Keller, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

Leo and the gang there are fantastic and made a guy and his wife who live in Dallas (we are not Cowboy fans) feel like family! We spend 2 out of 3 nights closing the bar down! Go there....you will love it!

Thank rzinar
Cleveland, Ohio
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

We ended up at Sofia because our original choice was closed due to a broken pipe. Very limited menu, but food was very good. It is very small and intimate. Because it is so small, the table next to us was very close and we felt like we were part of their conversation, a little off-putting, but not terrible. It... 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, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (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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