Sofrito was very disappointing as a restaurant. When a restaurant owner dedicates 2/3rds of space to a bar and has no accommodations for restaurant patrons to wait for tables that pretty much tells the whole story. It is freezing up front where there is approximately a 7ft square of space where they expect you to wait. My brother was wearing a sports jacket, shoes and a Biltmore gentlemens hat, he was immediately approached by 2 rude bouncers and told to remove his hat ( He wasn't wearing a baseball hat backwards) He advised them he just walked in and didn't appreciate being accosted in such a manner. To the right of the restaurant are benches with narrow tables in center. But dont dare sit there if you are not going to order drinks and appetizers. We sat there and were told of this rule, so we were forced to order drinks just to have somewhere to sit and wait that was not freezing. No sooner had we received our drinks from the waitress, not even taken a sip, and she was asking us if we were going to order more drinks, otherwise we would have to move,( where to I dont know since there was no space ) To make matters worse my vodka and cranberry was so watered down that it tasted like water and ice.There is literally a 2 foot walkway if your lucky from the beginning of the restaurant to the dinning area. They are constantly walking around asking if you want another drink, and obviously when you are made to wait 2 hours for a table their intent is to sell you as many drinks as possible. The music is blaring and they DJ doesnt even have the skill to mix 1 song into another. When we finally got our table we were sat directly under the speakers and could not hear each other speak. The food came fairly quickly and the waitress was very nice. Its too bad that by the time you sit down to eat you are so exhausted and annoyed at all you have to put up with to get there that you have lost your appetite. This is why they go around rushing you asking if you want to take it to go, and the reason why everybody walks out with a doggie bag. Maybe in a couple of years when the wanna-be-club phase ends, as they all do in NY, the restaurant will actually function as it is advertised and you might have a nice dinning experience.Until then only go there if you want to have a few drinks and hang out with friends, I recommend sitting on the benches and ordering appetizers ( which you have to eat as people are hovering over you and bumping into your table) and dont go there hungry. If you are looking for a nice dinning experience maybe it might be different on a weekday.
Pros: Food was fairly good
Cons: 2 and a half hour wait forced to purchase weak drinks