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Cafe S.F.A.

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611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
(212) 940-4080
Today
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 11
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  • 21
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  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Light lunch break from shopping

We ate a late light lunch here in the middle of a shopping day. Great salads and sandwiches and the location can't be beat if your wife is in the Saks shoe department.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Went here the first time in January and was so impressed with the absence, the food and the service I'd been waiting to return! While they have a full, lovely menu, the fixed price 21.00 lunch is perfect! In this part of town, finding a nice lunch spot can be challenging if you need to stay near Rock Center. Well,... More 

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121 reviews 121 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We ate a late light lunch here in the middle of a shopping day. Great salads and sandwiches and the location can't be beat if your wife is in the Saks shoe department.

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San Jose, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were shopping and looking at the Christmas windows on 5th Avenue and needed lunch. We did not have to wait and sat at a table overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral. We had the lunch combination of soup, half sandwich, and small salad. All three were delicious and seasonal. The waitress was efficient and pleasant. We enjoyed it so much, that... More 

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Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was Christmas week, when everyone is busy. We were hungry and were told by store staff about this restaurant. Actually, two different staffers gave us info on different floor locations, as if no one really knew where things were located. When we arrived, the young woman standing near the sign, who said she was there just for the day,... More 

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North East
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Well, a real treat ... Dinner at Saks ! Fabulous lobster rolls and salad, not forgetting the chips ! Sadly, service was terribly slow.... Couldn't catch the eye of anyone to take our order, and it took nearly an hour for the food to arrive when we did eventUally order ...They were busy, but not rushed off their feet. However,... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Had lunch today at this cafe in the 8th floor of Saks. Very busy but service was very efficient. Great salads! Worth a visit for a nice lunch.

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North Fork, of LI
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

There are still some folks who think of a department store restaurant as a throw back to a bygone era with out of date, or predictable food offerings. The flagship Saks 5th Avenue offers this full service restaurant with an up to date vibe, and food. The cafe is located on the 8th floor, and a section of tables overlooks... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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117 reviews 117 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is an OK venue located inside Saks Fifth Avenue. This is the full-service restaurant up on the 8th floor. It's very busy (like most other restaurants inside department stores in New York) so reservations are a big help (but not required if you don't mind waiting; but who does when one's hungry, right?). The food for the most part... More 

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After you work you way up to the 8th floor and on the 5th Avenue side of the store there behind the shimmering silver curtain is the cafe. I had stumbled upon a review of this place as a "hidden gem". The hidden part is correct, I am not so sure about the gem. I had hoped for a spectacular... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were shopping in the Saks shoe department during Fashion Week and decided to have an impromptu late lunch with some friends. It was after 2 so it was past the rush (less than half full) but the service was terrible during this visit; it was often difficult to find and then catch the eye of the server. And everything... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 940-4080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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