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Cafe S.F.A.

#1,722 of 11,291 Restaurants in New York City
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611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
(212) 940-4080
Today
10:00 pm - 7:00 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: Lunch, Reservations

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  • 15
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 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
GO EARLY IN THE DAY

Go early in the day and ask for a terrace table. We loved sitting at table 89 in the corner. My husband found himself gazing at the spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral while I was looking at Rockefeller Center. For a giddy, fleeting moment you almost feel as if you own New York. The views are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
sylvandiva
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Fly Creek, New York
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English first
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Never mind when my wife says lets go shopping at Saks as I know at some point we will stop on the eighth floor for lunch at SFA or just munchies. Either one is always good and the service is above par. My wife had the mandarin chicken salad and I had croque Madame. Wow! Never had a better sandwich... More 

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Fly Creek, New York
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38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Go early in the day and ask for a terrace table. We loved sitting at table 89 in the corner. My husband found himself gazing at the spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral while I was looking at Rockefeller Center. For a giddy, fleeting moment you almost feel as if you own New York. The views are intoxicating. Be sure to... More 

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Albany, New York
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Stopped here for a late lunch. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant with a great view if you receive a window table. The service was efficient and friendly. I had a delicious sandwich. Worth a visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Enjoyed a very nice lunch break at the cafe in between shopping at Saks. Had a delicious lobster roll with salad, nearly came back just for that another day! Nice cocktails also without alcohol. Pluss to have a kids menu to choose from, the pasta was popular with our little one. Friendly and quick service.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Whenever I go to New York I make sure to save sometime in a shopping day to have a late lunch at SFA. Even though it is located inside the shoe department of Saks, it feels great sitting down at this cafe. The ambiance is calm and is almost an oasis in the bubbling NYC. If you sit in the... More 

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New York City, New York
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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100 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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Additional Information about Cafe S.F.A.

Address: 611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
Phone Number: (212) 940-4080
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD $30 to $40
Cuisine: American

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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 to $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?

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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