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Sep 30, 2008 02:15 PM

Sonia Rose

Is the Sonia Rose opening on Orchard Street this week from the same owners of the Sonia Rose formerly in Murray Hill?

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  1. Yes. The chef/owner is Gary Thompson. We ate at Sonia Rose once when it was on Lex and enjoyed it.

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    1. re: RGR

      What type of cuisine did they serve? It sounds like standard Italian from what I read, but might have my interest piqued if they serve anything with a little innovation.

      1. re: JungMann

        Iirc, the original Sonia Rose served New American tilting French -- or maybe the other way around. You don't say where you read that the revived S.R. will be Italian, but acc. to this, it will be French:

        A few more photos here:

        1. re: RGR

          I received the exact same Urban Daddy email this morning except for everywhere your link specified "French," my email specified "Italian." How odd!

          1. re: JungMann

            Odd, indeed! But given the restaurant's history in its two prior locations, I think it's more likely to be French than Italian.

        2. re: JungMann

          I called the restaurant and they said cuisine is modern French. Also as a correction to the urbandaddy, shows won't start until November 1st

            1. re: LRS

              It was BYOB when they opened. However, I recall reading that they applied for a liquor license. Don't know if they got it. You could call and ask. Tel.: 212-260-5317

              1. re: RGR

                I just went, it is not BYOB anymore. They have a very small wine list, very affordable however.

                1. re: LRS

                  Can you give us some details about the food? How was the overall experience?

                  1. re: RGR

                    it was very goo for the price: $19.50 for a 3 course meal. The food is not as delicate as it could be but hey for the price is very good, you should go and check it out, without doubt.

                    Im running late so i'll be very schematic and just state plain judgments.

                    Home Made Fettuccini- Good
                    Ginger Salmon Cakes- Nice
                    Classic Caesar Salad - Forgettable

                    Free range hen: Nice
                    Special Soft shell Crab dish: Good but a litte too salty

                    Double Dutch Chocolate Mousse -good
                    Cheesecake with candied pecans- very good
                    Dessert Sampler - ok

                    Every wine bottle costs around $27. The malbec was better than the pinot.

                    1. re: LRS

                      Thanks, LRS. Since we did enjoy our one dinner many years ago at the original Sonia Rose, it's likely we will try this new incarnation.

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          1. Yes it is one and the same. I know Gary and interviewed to work there some time back. The old haunt closed due to loss of lease that Gary had no control over. Gary then opened a cheese steak shop in the village or something, (was on tv with Mario Batali for apparently every once in a while he supplied Mario with the family meal). The new SR was supposed to be New French and 3 courses under $20!!!! In addition there was talk of live classical music and opera. I have to say though I have not spoken to Gary for over 6 months so I am not sure if his plan has come to fruition.

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            1. re: ChefPeter

              Actually, after he closed on Lex, he moved Sonia Rose to a space on 34th St., which didn't last too long. The cheesesteak shop came after that.