Sophie’s is a family operated business. President, Sofia Luna, co-founded the Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine restaurants in Manhattan with her mother, Manuela Matos, in June 1997. She attended the hotel and restaurant management program at St. John’s University in Queens while also working full time running the restaurant business. Manuela serves as Secretary for the company. Ms. Matos has spent the preceding 40 years in the restaurant business, including in her native country of Peru.
The newest Sophie’s restaurant is designed for speed. While there is no seating here, the take-out lines move fast and delivery is also available.
Jason Cestero, who has been the manager of Sophie’s Chambers Street restaurant for several years and is part of the family, has the new assignment of making the 6th Avenue Sophie’s a great success.
A Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine Restaurant is very much a neighborhood kind of place, but in an urban setting. The Sophie’s Restaurants are designed to feel like Little Cuba where the food tastes as if it were made at home, is plentiful, and the service is quick and friendly. The menu is kept very simple with a limited number of Cuban entrees, some daily specials, sandwiches, appetizers, and side dishes.