Fifth Avenue is New York’s shopping superhighway so you’ll no doubt be cruising the area on your holiday shopping trek. The midtown stretch is a great place to start with the Bryant Park holiday shops newly opened (see Alix Cohen’s story in hopping Around) not to mention Lord & Taylor’s glimmering storefront beckoning you in. But if you’re craving more than shopping, tucked away on the fifth floor of Lord & Taylor behind the Calvin Klein lame suit jackets lies a hideaway from the endless makeup counters, handbag stalls and leather gloves. That hideaway is the classic Americana bakery Sarabeth’s. The large restaurant is calming on your post shopping nerves with spacious seats and countrified interiors, not to mention a lack of annoying holiday music.
The menu features breakfast all day with Green and White Eggs (scrambled eggs with cream cheese and scallions), lemon ricotta pancakes and homemade roasted granola with fruit and yogurt. All of the egg dishes come with Sarabeth’s famous preserves and baked goods. If breakfast isn’t your thing, there’s also a bevy of sandwiches and hot plates including a respectable, if a little dry, roasted turkey club with brie cheese, maple infused mustard and crispy bacon. The cold poached salmon plate with potato salad and jumbo lump crab cakes on top of English muffins also looked deliciously satisfying.
If you can’t break your shopping stride long enough for a sit-down meal, head to Sarabeth’s bustling café upstairs on the sixth floor where you can fuel up with a latte, a piece of crumb pie or a smoked mozzarella, tomato and avocado flatbread.
Sarabeth’s at Lord & Taylor
Fifth Avenue at 38th Street
Fifth floor restaurant open daily 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sixth floor café open daily 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.