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Cafe S.F.A.

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611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
+1 212-940-4080
11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 19:30
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe SFA is one of my favorite places for lunch in New York. Whether you are taking a break from shopping in Saks or meeting friends, the space is bright and inviting, with views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. This time, I had the avocado and house ricotta cheese toast, topped with a fried Alderfer Farm duck egg,... More 

Thank Voyager1926
Ruben03, General Manager at Cafe S.F.A., responded to this review

Good afternoon Voyager1926, Thank you very much for taking part of your valuable time to share your experience with us. I am very happy to hear that you had a lovely time in our restaurant. Please, receive our warmest regards, Ruben Alvarez GM More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Met some friends who were shopping at Sack's, so this was conveniently located on the 8th floor of the sacks building! The menu is somehow limited but serves all tastes! I would say it's American food with a twist! Good quality, ok portions

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Cocoa, United States
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120 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick cocktail. Bar staff was in a tiff because it was almost closing time. They got ruder as we ordered. The space looks old and tired. I won't go back and probably won't finish shopping here.

Thank Timothy H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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372 reviews
345 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We hit here often while shopping in Saks. It is not cheap, but the service is great and the food is always tasty. A nice place to take a break when in NYC, as long as you can not buy any expensive shoes!

Thank Damian C
London, United Kingdom
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502 reviews
401 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

The decor badly needs a refurb and while they're at it, replace the single pane windows with something that can keep out the cold - I kept my Canada Goose on the whole time. Its a shame really because the food is actually quite good. The crab and corn bisque was delightful while the turkey panini was similarly enjoyable.

Thank Brian L
Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We always have lunch at this restaurant during our annual trip to New York City. The atmosphere is pleasant and we enjoy the food and service. The tables on the upper level have nice views of Fifth Avenue. I had the smoked turkey salad and then the layer cake for dessert.

Thank Charles J
Oslo, Norway
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

A nice place atop Saks Fifth Avenue to sit down for some bubbles or a small snack. Nothing too fancy in any way, but a nice bar and an efficient room with a nice terrace (my favorite although narrow).

Thank Viking-Headhunter
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The staff and drinks are great, but I expected SAKS to make more effort into the appearance of their world famous destination. Having eaten at Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London (which is the equivalent to SAKS in NY), SAKS looks like a dive in comparison. The windows are filthy, and/or broken, the paintwork is chipped and the sealant around... More 

Thank ChristopherVDV
New York, New York, United States
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193 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Restaurant in Saks Fifth Ave. There is some great window seating in the upper tier of the restaurant, ask if you can have a window seat. If not walk thru the upper tier and enjoy the view just before your lunch. Be prepared to wait sometimes 10 to 15 minutes. It is worth the wait. Great Salads, Cobb is my... More 

Thank JoeP2794
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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129 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

It is always a great experience to have lunch at the 8th floor of the Saks building overlooking the 5th avenue. The menu is limited but enough to offer you a great options to satisfy all your needs, and the service is always great. We have visited the Café many times, and it became almost a tradition to visit it... More 

Thank Salvador H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-940-4080

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