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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
4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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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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New York
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218 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

So stoked I finally got to go here. Cute little Italian spot in midtown east... romantic ambiance with small intimate tables and a bar. Perfect for a date, or catching up with a friend. Order some wine, olives and a cheese plate. Waiters are cool and attentive, service is great. Can't wait to come back with my boyfriend!

1 Thank Taylor G
Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

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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113 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 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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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

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 October 28, 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 24 helpful votes
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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143 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

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Tampa, Florida
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240 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 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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104 reviews
76 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 

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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: +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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