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Cafe S.F.A.

#1,302 of 11,441 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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Midtown
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611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
(212) 940-4080
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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: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 18
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely lunch retreat

A really nice lunch spot behind the huge shoe floor of SAKS. Delicious crab cake and lobster salad for me The bread basket is a nice mix including fruit and walnut bread and a pretzel croissant. Speedy service too for those on a short lunch break.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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New York, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I just love Café SFA. From the welcoming maître d' who always asks, “How are you?” to the beautiful view of Rockefeller Center rooftops and Fifth Avenue, to the unflagging excellence of Jaclyn, my favorite server, it’s the best for lunch in midtown. http://cafesfa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Cafe-sfa_Lunch.pdf The special includes a half sandwich (tuna or chicken salad) and a cup of their famous... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

When I’m in NYC for a visit, I try to have lunch at the café before shopping. The café is on the same floor as women’s shoes. So, if you don’t want to get distracted, it’s best to walk quickly and look straight ahead on your way to the café. The service is what you would expect from Saks. During... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Environment is really relaxing and greeted with high quality of service. What I would recommend is the Lobster Salad and the Halibut. I would definitely go back again for the Lobster Salad.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A really nice lunch spot behind the huge shoe floor of SAKS. Delicious crab cake and lobster salad for me The bread basket is a nice mix including fruit and walnut bread and a pretzel croissant. Speedy service too for those on a short lunch break.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Look, it's Saks - it's going to be expensive. But, the food is fresh, service is great, and if you can, make a reservation so you can sit overlooking Rockefeller Center. It really is worth it, the food is that good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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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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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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?

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