221 W 46TH St Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1003640.759189 -73.986267
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Theater District - Times Square
Although we're native New Yorkers, somehow we've never made it to this theater district mainstay. I wish I could still say that this morning. The food wasn't bad - typical theater district pedestrian Italian - but the (non) service was atrocious. I have run theater district restaurants as GM, and rule number one is if you are going to admit people post-theater, you welcome your last guest as you would your first. No one told us the kitchen was about to close until we were seated and had ordered our wine. The ridiculously rude server ORDERED us to order right away, as the kitchen was closing. I explained that I had no desire to be rushed and we would go elsewhere, but he assured me that he just needed to get the order in and then we could relax. Against my better judgment, we stayed. I had ordered two apps and my wife an entree, and everything was almost thrown on the table at once. The server dropped the check after our first bite. I was furious and asked for the manager. He listened and obviously hears this complaint nightly. He said he would discuss it with the owner and went back to the bar. I'm a restaurant person and I start with a 20% tip, increasing it as warranted. This idiot server actually went to his manager at the bar, and loudly enough for us to hear him at the table, laughed and said "See, she tipped 20% anyway!" Ok, honestly, I freaked out. I told the server Tomi and the (probably assistant floor) manager that I heard that, and couldn't believe he was putting me down for tipping properly. This was the worst experience I've had in a restaurant in years, and it left a truly sour taste to end what should have been a great evening. Way too many restaurants in New York to EVER put up with this kind of nastiness.
My Sinatra and Sofia's makes a fantastic evening – Audiences of the Hit Off-Broadway show, My Sinatra, can enjoy a delicious prix-fixe meal of Italian fare upstairs in the restaurant, before or after the performance, as part of their ticket price: $105 premium and $85 general admission.
The “devil-may-care,” style and incomparable charm of Frank Sinatra surge through the microphone once again at Cary Hoffman’s “riveting” show, My Sinatra. This one man musical explores the sometimes strange, frequently hilarious, and always interesting life of Hoffman himself; A Sinatra idolizer with an unparalleled ability to channel the voice of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Throughout My Sinatra, Hoffman interweaves his personal tale of musical obsession with the star, telling his own hard to believe larger-than-life story, highlighting it with “mesmerizing” (The LA Times) performances of Sinatra’s greatest hits.
www.mysinatra <dot> com
theatre district-not a "tourist rap" – From the very first time we ate there, it was just pure luck! Our parking attendant(who by the way is a gem) raved about Sofias. We were 6 women going to the theatre and decided to just play it by ear! Boy were we lucky. It's hard to get 6 women to agree on anything, but we were all pleased by the food, ambiance, attention by the waiter and just a general feel good place. When in doubt it is always our go to place, especially on a cold winter night when you don't feel like fighting the crowds, and mot theatres are right there. Food is always top notch, plentiful, and when you want to share a meal it is always plated in the kitchen. They are always willing to do a separate "bar bill" as some people don't dink and don't want to pay for others. No problemo! I don't understand the "tourists" reviews and just felt that as a native I had to "defend" one of our own. Even a native Italian had nothing but high praise-and boy is she hard to please-espcially when her pasta is no aldente. Great choice for pre theatre or just if you want a great meal and don't want to pay big bucks! In fact we will be there this week pre-theatre with eight of us! Mange, and enjoy-you don't get to stay a NY restaurant or over 30 years for nothing!
Surely you don't mean the jazz club below the restaurant? – I know nothing of the restaurant at street level. However 221 w. 46th st. is also the location of Sofia's Club Cachet which is downstairs from the restaurant and accessible thru the lobby of the Edison Hotel next door, So pardon me for setting the record straight to avoid confusing the 2.
This old, fairly well maintained nightclub is one of New York's greatest bargains. On Monday and Tuesday nights from 8-11 they have Vince Giordano's Nighthawk Orchestra, THE best hot jazz and dance band worldwide, his band being featured in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Additionally the food is fairly inexpensive averaging $15.00 for an entree, which is also the cover charge. Well worth it in my opinion, for where else can you listen live to an 11 piece 1920's style hot dance and jazzband!!!
Fortunately there is a decent sized dance floor, a great bar at the farther end and courteous waitstaff with none of the attitude mentioned regarding the restaurant above.
No, I'm not a club owner, nor do I play one on TV, just an enthusiastic fan of live jazz.
Incredibly Rude – We went to this restaurant because it was next to our theater and, with a blizzard raging outside, we didn't have the energy to search further. The food here was decent, but the service was unforgivably rude. Aside from some often-experienced mistakes at tourist restaurants (forgetting to refill the water, taking plates before people were done), our waitor Dominic treated us as if our presence there was an offense to all of his sensibilities. He threw menus at us, when we asked for silverware to share dessert, he tossed down 3 forks for the five of us (they even bounced!), and rejected any attempt at pleasantries. He attempted to be a snob, but despite being from Phildelphia, we were not the country hicks he seemed to take us for and could tell he was mispronouncing the Italian names and knew nothing about Italian wine. In the end we complained to the manager, but after we saw how he treated other patrons he was "seating," I'm not sure it did much good.
Rude...Rude...Rude – I had the misfortune of going to this place last Wednesday. 7/1/09. The older gentleman "host" seemed to act as if we were doing him a favor by eating there. Service was extremely slow, my sister thought maybe because we were two women, but by the reviews I see, it's just the crappy service. The waiters keep the check books in the back of there pants so when I got the bill I also got the waiters butt sweat. I never complained once until I went to the bathroom. It looked like a toilet had overflown, wet toilet paper all over the floor and just plain gross. I said to the "host" as we were leaving "I think you should check the condition of the bathroom" he literally raised his shoulder and walked by me. I said "excuse me?", he then walked by me again giving me that cold shoulder movement. I have never experienced such rudeness - EVER!!! I am sorry to say that after I left I was so enraged by this I went back into the restaurant, spat on the floor and said "clean this up (explitive)!" Not my finest moment, but have to say it felt good. I would have rather gone to the pizzeria - the food would have been better, they would have be nicer and the place would have been cleaner.
Oh, and their bathrooms weren't handicapped compliant. Guess they care about people in wheelchairs as much as they do everone else!
wow....who knew people could be so unhelpful????? – Alright, well it looked decent enough. Stopped in there before heading to a show. No wait for a table, but we did wait for the older gentlemen posing at the host to acknowledge our presence, and he begrudgingly showed us to a table. It took quite some time for a server to come by, no one ever took our drink orders (it was not too busy at the time). When a server did arrive, he acted odd when we ordered drinks with our food. The drinks came rather quickly, but we were done with our drinks before the food arrived. And when it done, one dish was cold - so they nuked it. We had ordered another round of drinks when the food arrived...the drinks arrived around the same time as the check. The bread - which I normally love... - was stale. chewy. not good. Our server was decent enough, but he did not pay attention to us, and he asked me questions in regards to my mother's order (um, she can speak for herself). All in all, a regretful experience. Did I mention the pink neon lights surrounding the bar???? The only plus that I noticed was that around the time we were finishing up, a bass player and piano player began playing, which would add a lot to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, either due to their placement or to the poor acoustics, you could barely hear them.
I say-don't eat there. It's not worth the aggravation. And the food does not make up for the atmosphere.
BARTENDER IS AN A-HOLE!!!! – I made the mistake of stopping in for a cup of coffee last Friday night. I also happen to have Parkinson's Disease. The imbicile behind the bar accused me of being "strung out" and said we don't serve coffee at the bar as I watched the woman next to me sip her coffee.
After explaining my condition, not only did he not apologize for being so rude, he still refused to serve me coffee and charged me $3 for a club soda instead.
I have never been so humilated in my life. I don't know this jerk's name, but he has long dark hair, a cheesy p@rn star mustache and wears a chain wallet (is this an Italian Restuarant or biker bar?) Think Adam Morrison on steroids.
Avoid this dump at all costs until he is fired. There are so many better Italian Restuarants in the Theater District that don't hire cave men as bartenders.
Never eat here – Only went here due to torrential downpour outside. Food was mediocre. Service was very slow: our water glasses were rarely filled, and it took forever to get the check. The waiter didn't seem to care. We are never going back.
worst service and food – We had reservations,but I think it didn t matter,the place was empty.When we walked in we were greeted by a dippsy blonde that did not even ask us if we had a reservation.She led us on a tour of the dining room just to lead us back to the same place we started from,one table away.The waiter came to the table and asked us what you like? What a shame that in New York they can t find waiters that speak english.Our waiter looked dirty,his uniform had the whole menu all over him.We waited and waited for our drinks to arrive,by the time they came we figured that the dinner will be at least twice as long.We had our drinks and left.On the way out the dippsy hostess asked us how was our dinner.
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