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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
Good for:
Reservations

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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Lunch while Shopping

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
NapiliR
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San Jose, California
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  • Reservations
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English first
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
86 helpful votes 86 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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
68 helpful votes 68 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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Katy, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I first ate here with my family on my first visit ever to New York City. It's one of my favorite spots in the city. You can see the most popular spots in the city from this restaurant. The food is great here, too. I've had a couple of the sandwiches and the salads. They were all very good. My... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a way to refuel on your shopping spree!. service was good but the star was the burger - done perfectly 9medium0 with the roasted peppers and served in a toasted brioche - perfect!. The chicken though was a bit bland for our indian palette !.

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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?