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Sophia's Bar and Grill, Santo Domingo

19 Paseo de los Locutores
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
Tel: 809 620 1001's insider take:

The Miami feel, New York prices, and hot bar scene bring Santo Domingo's young upper crust to the Piantini neighborhood in the city center. Spare seats, white tablecloths, and lots of wood are meant to evoke an early 20th-century feel, while a wall of televisions, and another of powder blue and earthtone stripes give a few modern touches. Although some of the dishes have a Caribbean edge—red snapper has bits of chorizo and is stuffed into a yuca crust—the menu ranges widely, from sushi to risotto to steaks, thanks to the eclectic taste of Miami-raised chef Alexis Pimentel. The one unifying theme? Elegant, if a bit extravagant, presentation. However, there are some quirks; the service is quick and gracious but a bit overbearing, and it would take a linguistics professor to figure out why the menu is a mishmash of Spanish, English, and Italian descriptions. But it's a hot scene that becomes hotter as the night wears on. Come after 10 if you're just drinking, hang out by the granite bar, and watch the fashionable young crowd mingle to music that changes from pop and lounge to house as the evening goes on.

Open Sundays through Thursdays noon to 1 am, Fridays and Saturdays noon to 3 am.

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