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SONA, New York, NY

SONA

4.4
4.4
93 Reviews
$30 and under
Indian
SONA reimagines the wonders of Indian fare in a space that evokes a bygone era of a boisterous yet elegant India—all within the heart of New York City.

This is timeless India.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Asian, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00 Golden Hour Mon–Fri 17:00–18:00 Delivery Daily 17:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (212) 203-6460
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 93 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

93 Reviews
  1. ArnoldL

    New York City

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good/very good SE Asian. Great decor, very lively, lots of conversation (our table and all around us). Don’t go for the gourmet - go for the vibe

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  2. SunnyS

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good ambience but the food was way below average. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Service was great.

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  3. Charlotte

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was overpriced for the quality. Same for the wines. Our waitress was very nice though.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. SimplyVeg

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively ambience, warm and pleasant service, delicious food. We had a great time.

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  5. VenkiR

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went to this restaurant a couple of years ago when it was newly opened and found it to be very good with an extensive menu. This tine I booked it for my wife’s birthday but was taken aback at a severely shrunken menu. We ordered the avocado chat appetizer and was shocked when all we got was an avocado dip with sone taro chips. That is no chaat! Very disappointing. Will not be coming there afaib. The service wad very good though.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. MichaelW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, lovely inventive food and pleasant service. Very happy.

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  7. AvaniP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall all the dishes were mediocre, lacking flavor or even basic salt. Not worth the prices at all.

    1 person found this helpful

  8. Blooming2

    New York City

    236 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very tasty and fresh. The cauliflower appetizer was delicious.

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  9. Himanshug

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Appetizer and main course both were bad and no were close to justifying the $$$$

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Susan

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Do not go to this restaurant if you have any food allergies at all Our server told us no nuts in a dish. We told him that we are severely allergic. We all got very sick and almost went into anaphylactic shock. Servers should be aware of content of dishes. Food allergies are very common and all restaurants should be educated on how to handle this!!! Extremely disappointing

    1 person found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Unpleasant over loud Christmas music. Something atmospheric would have been so much nicer

    1 person found this helpful

  12. BalaK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelent restaurant, keeps the hype level real wirh quality and innovation in food. Service is the best.

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  13. FlorenceN

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, the service, the ambiance were all amazing at Sona. It's really one of the best Indian restaurants in NY and such a neighborhood gem.

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  14. Foxy

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service!! Beautiful ambience ! Interesting Gin and Tonic!

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  15. LauraY

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The portions are incredibly small for the price. Would not return

    1 person found this helpful

  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. No wait. Great food. This was our second time dining.

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  17. Olivia

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for my boyfriends 30th birthday and the food and service was excellent. The interiors and decor were stunning and the cozy candle lit tables made this place a perfect date night spot. Not having a ton of knowledge of Indian cuisine, I was so impressed and will be back!
    SONAResponded on 12 December 2023
    Hello Olivia, Thank you so much for your glowing review. We cannot wait for you to join us again! Best, SONA

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ambiance is very pretty. The staff is nice and were informative. The food was very bland and lacked flavor. The lunch menu is mediocre.
    SONAResponded on 5 December 2023
    Hello Anonymous, We greatly appreciate your review, and do not let your critiques go unheard. We hope you will join us again soon to see the progress we have made. Best, SONA

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  19. Amber

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    One of the over rated places. Nothing special about the food. The wait staff is running around doing nothing.
    SONAResponded on 29 November 2023
    Amber, First let us apologize for your not so savory experiance with us at SONA. We do not let these things go unheard, and we hope that you will soon return to show you that we are constantly working on improving ourselves and product. Please contact us at the restaurant and we can further discuss these issues and your possible return to dine with us. SONA

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  20. Ananya

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food wasn’t bad, but not quite as exciting as we had hoped. The restaurant itself was quite beautiful. The service really was the unfortunate part of dinner. It was subpar on basically every front. Service was rushed despite being in a virtually empty restaurant, the server had no real insight into the menu, and overall it really was not hospitable to the standard of a fine dining experience.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. Blooming2

    New York City

    236 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    236 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really loved this Indian food. There are many items to chose from so we will have to keep returning. Sea Bass was wonderful.
    SONAResponded on 29 November 2023
    Hello Blooming2, Thank you so much for this glowing review, we really appreciate you, and we look forward to hosting you again SONA

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An oasis of good food, quiet, and good value. Try the golden hour special

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  23. NG1234

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent place to get indian. Drinks are superb.

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  24. SusanM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful atmosphere - fresh ingredients. Slow service.
    SONAResponded on 17 November 2023
    Hello Susan, We truly appreciate the review, and would like to apologize for the slow service that evening. We do not let your critiques go unheard and will use them to better ourselves. We hope you can join us again, to see our progress. Best, SONA

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  25. DLB56

    New York City

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was quite good. But suggest you ask to sit in the table in the back. When we were there for dinner, people were bringing cases of wine into the restaurant. Instead of opening and closing the door, they propped the door open. After 5 minutes, I got up to close the door, but it was locked open. The staff apologized, but kept the door open for another 5 minutes with it open. Strange, because they had a staff member at the door who could have closed it in the intervals between bringing in another case. So cold
    SONAResponded on 13 November 2023
    Hello DLB56, We appreciate the honest review, and would like to apologize about the inconvenience with the door and cold. As the weather is getting cooler, were are installing our outside vestibule to ensure our guests inside stay warm. We hope you join us again soon, looking forward it. Best, SONA

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  26. highteadreaming1

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! A place to be seen. Food is great. Service is first class! The hosts are always nice. Never arrogant! Will always go back.
    SONAResponded on 13 November 2023
    Hello highteadreaming1, Thank you so much for this glowing review. We appreciate you, and the recognition of the care and love that we put into everything we do. We look forward to your return, and hope it is sooner than later :) Best, SONA

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  27. QueenBead

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was generally good but not exceptional. The scallops were over cooked. The drinks were water downed and a very small pour - especially for the prices. I probably would not go back. There are better Indian restaurants. The service however, was exceptional. Our waitress was great.
    SONAResponded on 9 November 2023
    Hello Queenbead, We truly appreciate your feedback, and definitely do take all reviews into consideration. Please contact us at the restaurant and we can discuss how to make this better, and a way for you to hopefully join us again. Best, SONA

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  28. Jonnnn

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a solid experience. The service and ambience are great. But for what you’re paying, the food portions were really small and didn’t live up to my expectations taste-wise.
    SONAResponded on 9 November 2023
    Hello Jonnn, First let us thank you for the 3 stars, even if we did not live up to your expectations. Please contact us at the restaurant and we can figure a plan to change your mind and hopefully book another visit with us. Best, SONA

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  29. Romy

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Strongly recommend this dining experience! The food and service were excellent

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  30. MaureenM

    New York City

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It's my second time at Sona and I love it. Go hungry and thirsty! We had the cauliflower, okra and hummus, lamb and chicken biryani. The only thing I would not order again is the biryani, it was nothing special....
    SONAResponded on 9 November 2023
    Hello Maureen, First we would like to thank you for your positive review, we love hearing feedback from our guests. We look forward to your return with us, and hopefully a second try at our biriyani :) Best, SONA

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  31. Peter

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sona provided incredible ambiance, the music was fantastic, and the food was really authentic, highly recommend going!
    SONAResponded on 9 November 2023
    Peter, We appreciate your kind words, and looking forward to your next visit with us! Best, SONA

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  32. KrisT

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere! ❤️❤️❤️. Always a fun night.
    SONAResponded on 1 November 2023
    Hello Kris! Thank you so much for your kind words, we loved having you at SONA! Looking forward to seeing you soon! SONA

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Below average food for a name like Sona. I think the presentation was fine. Just that the taste left a lot to be desired. It also did not seem very fresh. We ordered their Daal and Naan and the Diwali menu. Also beats me why they would serve quarter plates instead of dinner plates for an Indian meal.
    SONAResponded on 1 November 2023
    Hello Anonymous, First we would like to apologize your not so wonderful experiance with us at SONA. We do take these critiques seriously and will not let them go un heard. Please contact us at the restaurant about ways we can make your next visit with us better. Best, SONA

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  34. Shivang

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had sarson ka saag and corn roti. It was really good and authentic tasting!
    SONAResponded on 24 October 2023
    Hello Shivang! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your meal with us! Please come back anytime :) Best, SONA

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, excellent food. The ambience is amazing.
    SONAResponded on 1 November 2023
    Anonymous, Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon :) Best, SONA

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  36. Qualityseeker

    New York City

    39 reviews

    2.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Very disappointing. Empty dining room and we were shown to the worst table, had to object to get the 2nd worse table in the place for our anniversary dinner. Service clumsy and thinly staffed with servers, we got ignored for a long time and no interceding from anyone. Management has an arrogance that is not earned at all. Food is nothing special whatsoever and has lost the flair that it had on our first visit. Has gone WAY downhill. Beware and avoid.
    SONAResponded on 18 October 2023
    Hello Qualityseeker, First we would like to apologize for your not so great experience with us. This is not the experience we want our guests to have, and it seems that we have definitely missed the mark. Please contact us at the restaurant and we can move forward with a plan to change your mind, and show you what we can really do. Best, SONA

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Many changes to the menu that didn’t live up to expectations from past visits.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dining in flatiron. Their new salon option is awesome for drinks and bites too.
    SONAResponded on 18 October 2023
    Hello, Thank you so much for you kind words about your experience in the Salon at SONA. We put a lot of love into it, and are so happy that you felt that! Looking forward to seeing you soon! SONA

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  39. LydiaP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were not sure what to expect with the mixed reviews but were very happy - starting with gin and tonics which were a different animal than you would expect - they were light and lovely (I usually only have wine with dinner but these worked) Appetizers were amazing - we had the Evergreen Chicken Tikka and the Shrimp Koliwada, both light and excellent. Then, four of us split the Railway Mutton Masala, the Kolkata Lamb Biryani, and the roasted cauliflower dish (spicy) all excellent. Honestly, I was not expecting to like it as much as I did. The service was great - respectful, pleasant, and helpful and the music was amazing (you can hear it really well in the bathroom - I went twice just to get another listen). Lovely space as well.

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  40. MaryJ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious and reliable and always a beautiful set table and ambience. Taking anything home is worth it. Makes a killer next day meal - A must go!
    SONAResponded on 10 October 2023
    Hello Mary, Thank you so much for your kind words, we loved having you here, and cannot wait for your next meal with us! Best, SONA

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SONA does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

SONA is rated 4.4 stars by 93 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for SONA

36 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003-1315

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Gramercy Park
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00–17:00 Dinner Daily 17:00–22:00 Golden Hour Mon–Fri 17:00–18:00 Delivery Daily 17:00–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Asian, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
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