I’ve been to Sarabeth‘s brunch before, but since it’s so delicious I figured it warranted a quick post about my most recent visit. After our night out at the show, my parents and I woke up early Saturday morning (VERY early), got ready and headed to the location on Central Park South for an early breakfast before our day of shopping and tourist-ing. This location is fancier than the Upper West Side location I have also been to – the dining room and general atmosphere are a little more upscale. Unfortunately, there’s some construction going on in their dining room that ruined the ambiance of our breakfast a bit, but the food was still amazing.
We all started off with coffee, because it was before 10 am on the weekend, so I needed a cup desperately. The coffee was a bit strong (okay, a lot strong) for my tastes but a healthy dose of cream helped it quiet a bit. I also had a glass of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice that was amazing and well worth it. Moving on to the good part – the food. Everything on the Sarabeth’s breakfast menu sounds mouth-watering. I was deciding between a few options, but in the end opted for their famous dish, the lemon ricotta pancakes. They pancakes really delivered on the lemon part – the flavor was really strong, but not in an unpleasant way. But if you’re not into major lemon flavor, you’d want to stay away from this dish. Topped with powdered sugar and blackberries and served with butter and maple syrup, these pancakes were delicious and the perfect fuel for a long day of shopping in Soho.
Another delicious alternative – the almond crusted French toast that my mom chose. Now, let me preface this comment by saying this: I am EXTREMELY particular about my French toast. As a kid, I always wanted my mom to make it because to this day I think my dad makes his too soggy which is a problem I’ve also encountered at restaurants. Sometimes it’s too eggy. Sometimes, it just tastes like bread. This almond French toast as Sarabeth’s struck the prefect balance between raw and soggy and the crunchy almond crust added a unique taste and textured. Add in butter and syrup, and a dash of the raspberry compote it’s served with, and you’ve got a near-perfect French toast.
Finally, my dad had the smoked salmon eggs benedict. It LOOKED delicious. It’s also so pretty and photographed amazingly. Sarabeth’s was a fun, quick breakfast to start off our full day of NYC activities. But, if you’re really dedicated to catching breakfast here, I recommend making a reservation. This location only takes reservations for the first hour they’re open, from 8am to 9am. Otherwise, there’s a line out the door and a long wait for a table. So either be prepared to wait or wake up early. Pick your poison.