We used to eat regularly at a Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine near our workplace, but they lost their lease or otherwise closed. We missed their filling and tasty takeaway, but generally avoided eating in because it was so loud and crowded. So when we happened upon a new location of Sophie’s near our old work space recently, we had to go in and check it out.
Sophie’s is a local chain of Cuban restaurants. They have a cafeteria line for ordering sandwiches and platters to go, but also offer table service if you are eating in. The food is freshly prepared, delicious, and filing, but it’s not necessarily the healthiest option. If you manage to eat all of your lunch, you can skip dinner, and maybe even breakfast the next day.
Because we remembered Sophie’s as being really loud, we were very pleasantly surprised by the Fulton Street location. So surprised that for the first time ever we opted to eat in. This location of Sophie’s isn’t calm–it can’t be with the crowds–but it was manageable. The music volume was low, which made all the difference in the overall noise level in the space. Drop ceiling tiles probably helped too, as the place was otherwise filled with hard surfaces. Remarkably, the noise level was very tolerable from start to finish, which was pretty impressive given that the place was packed when we arrived.
We don’t know if this Sophie’s is an anomaly, so the review and our recommendation is limited to the Fulton Street location. If you are in the Financial District and are jonesing for some Cuban food, or you are very hungry and want a big, satisfying lunch, go to Sophie’s on Fulton Street. The food is tasty, filling, and very inexpensive for what you get, and the dining space should be tolerable even if packed (and it is often packed).
Note to hot sauce fans: Ask for the green sauce. It varies in strength depending on the heat of the jalapenos used when they make the sauce–and they make their own hot sauce regularly–but it is always delicious. Just try a little before you douse your entire meal with it. There is also a white garlic sauce, too. We suggest getting them both and experimenting. And don’t forget to get a guava and cheese empanada for dessert. It’s served warm and it’s fantastic.
Monday through Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
76 Fulton Street (at Gold Street), New York, NY 10038