105 Reade Street
New York, NY 10013
Sazon’s decor is gorgeous and so are the female bartenders… these women are stunning! As you walk in you will observe long hot pink curtains framing the large windows and black chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. There is a bar off to the right and most walls are painted hot pink.
The beautiful staircase leads you to the lounge downstairs, but to be honest, the basement seemed a bit rundown to me.
Bar Scene, Groups, Fine Dining, Romantic Dining.
MENU – $$$
Sazon Menu. The prices vary depending on what you order. I thought the prices were very reasonable considering the impeccable service and beautiful decor. $2 for an Empanada, is that a bargain or what? It was good too! Most entrees come with a side dish. Looking at the menu it isn’t always clear what is fried and what isn’t fried. Pretty much everything we ended up ordering was fried which came as a huge disappointment. 2 of my friends ordered sides and appetizers, while my other friend and I ordered entrees.
Dinner for 4 people:
1 drink + 2 glasses of wine + 2 entrees + 5 starters + 2 sides = $128 (including 20% tip)
RECOMMENDED HEALTHY EATS… choices below are based on my knowledge of food and nutrition. When dining at Latin establishments, avoid fried rice, avoid beef, avoid pork, avoid anything fried. Opt for grilled chicken and fish. There is no online nutritional information available for Sazon and as a warning most items here are fried. Please use your own discretion when making a decision.
|Camarones con Rum – Grilled Shrimp|
|MEATS AND CHICKEN|
|Pechuga de Pollo – Chicken Breast|
|Yuca al Vapor – Steamed Yuca|
|Arroz y Habichuelas – Rice and Beans|
|Arroz Moro – Black Bean Rice|
|Ensalada Verde – Mixed Greens Salad|
|Aguacate – Avocado|
|Espinaca con Ajo – Sauteed Garlic Spinach|
|Vegetales al Pancha o al Vapor – Steamed or Grilled Vegetables|
|Camarones a La Parilla – Grilled Shrimp|
|Camarones al Ajillo – Shrimp in a White Wine Garlic Sauce|
|Salmon al Sarten – Pan Roasted Salmon|
|Filete de Pescado – Steamed Fish Filet with Enchilado Sauce|
|Ensalada Verde – Mixed Greens|
|De Aguacate – Avocado with Watercress w/dressing on side|
|Ensalada Tribeca w/dressing on side|
|LUNCH SAZON SANDWICHES|
|De Pollo – Grilled Chicken|
|El Yunque – Grilled Chicken, Cheese, Avocado in a Leaf|
|El Morro – Grilled Vegetables in a Whole Wheat Wrap|
The service here is impeccable. Our waiter pulled out a chair for each one of us and placed a napkin on each of our lap. I guess chivalry still exists in the cities.
For complimentary starters we were served Garlic Bread and Hummus. The bread was garlicky and buttery… just how I like it. I really enjoyed this as a starter.
My friend, Marian, ordered a Mojito. I didn’t try it but she said it was really good.
My friend, Jhiane, ordered a few starters as her meal including the Chicharron de Camaron (Crispy, fried marinated Shrimp). This dish was disappointing since we weren’t expecting little pieces of shrimp, but rather big jumbo shrimp. I tried the shrimp with some Dijon Mustard and it wasn’t anything special.
Jhiane also ordered a side of Tostones (Fried Plantains) which were really good. I really enjoyed the sauce which almost tasted like mint-cilantro chutney.
My friend, Kinjal, ordered the Paella Vegetariana (Vegetables with Saffron Rice). Her dish was pretty good, but it was kind of boring… hey, it was just rice. Sadly, there aren’t too many options for vegetarians here.
I was being good and opted for a glass of Pinot Noir, fruity and medium bodied… yummy!
I also ordered the $2 Chicken Empanada as a starter… it was worth every penny. I love shredded chicken in my empanadas and the portion was just right.
I was super-duper excited for my dish and ordered the Mofongo al Pilon (Chicken Mofongo), which is a Puerto Rican specialty. This is actually the first place in New York City where I have seen Mofongo served. I was totally expecting mashed green plantains filled with juicy pieces of shredded chicken simmered down in tomato sauce (drooling), exactly how I had it in San Juan, Puerto Rico. To my disappointment, this dish certainly had the mashed plantains, however it was accompanied by big pieces of dry, crispy, fried chicken, I was ready to SOB! 🙁 Just look at this dish! I ended up eating most of my mashed green plantains and only 1 piece of chicken. This was not what I had imagined Chicken Mofongo to be.
VERDICT – 3 / 5
After eating at Sazon I really missed San Juan… the food in Puerto Rico is unreal and I have not experienced a single place in New York City that has come even remotely close. I personally thought the food here was average and most items were fried, some even lacked flavor. It is extremely hard to go wrong with fried food, however the food here didn’t set off my taste buds. On the contrary, this place as a whole has a lot to offer, including the beautiful decor, the great service, the awesome music… it was one Reggaeton song after another… they just kept ’em coming, and the lounge downstairs for those of you who enjoy dancing after dinner. The crowd can get a bit rowdy after 8 pm so beware. This is a pretty decent place to dine at with a group of friends if you are looking to hangout till late, just be selective on what you order and ask the waiters for recommendations.