Table Talk: Sazon


Finally! A Latin restaurant (and no, not Mexican) on the NYC streets of the hip 'hood of Tribeca. After having 3 years of success serving upscale traditional Puerto Rican criollo food on the Upper East Side at Sofrito, owner JR opened a sister restaurant in an area that has almost everything except some Sazon.

The restaurant has two different vibes: one side is very minimal with lots of wood and earthy colors and the other side is splashed with bright colored walls, black chandeliers, and velvet turquoise booths. Being half Puerto Rican I'm serious about my cuisine and hold it to very high standards, and Sazon didn't disappoint. The San Juan Martini made with fresh cucumbers was amazingly refreshing and will definitely be my cocktail of choice this summer.

I had to sample all of the local appetizers like pionono (plantain filled with meat), alcapurria (root veggie filled with meat), tostones with different seafood and meat toppings and sorullitos (corn fritters) which are served with the most incredible Bacalao dipping sauce. The combo of the sweetness of the corn and the saltiness of the bacalao made it addictive. The arroz con gandules was good, but needed a little salt. The Paella had a wonderful smoky taste from the chorizo and is up there with some of the best that I've had. When it was time for dessert my friend claimed that the Crème Bruleeque (eggless custard with a chunky passion fruit sauce) was the best dessert she has ever had, and I agreed it was delish! The flan was OK—my mom makes it better, but then again, who doesn't think their mami makes the best flan? All in all, I left a very full and happy woman, so if you're missing some flavor in your life, definitely visit Sazon!