NYC Brunch at Sarabeth’s
Julie @Glasgowly recommended the Sarabeth’s NYC restaurant chain for brunch and not one to be rude (well sometimes Mrs Foodie can be!) we wandered along to their upmarket Tribeca location at 20 to noon hoping to grab a table before the lunchtime rush but it was already packed when we got there, bah! We were advised of a wait time of 20 minutes but it was well over 30 minutes of standing around before we got a seat. This is a very popular and LOUD place. You can reserve on their website, which also lists their menus.
Click here for their brunch menu, it’s one of those places in America that lists main courses as entrées, which we find annoying. Mrs Foodie ordered a disappointing White Peach Bellini ($13) and Mr Foodie had a Kelso Pilsner ($8) which was pretty fruity and had a Belgian ale tinge to it. The beer selection is small compared to other places we visited in Manhattan but has a few decent choices…though Stella “wife beater” Artois is their fancy imported lager, which seemed to be bizarrely popular in New York.
We were starving. So a starter of “basket of Sarabeth’s muffins and legendary preserves” were ordered. Four muffins which we think were corn, bran, pumpkin and a fruit scone. Served with the smallest portions of jam and cream ever – enough for the scone perhaps!? Now the cream, or whatever it was, it was certainly not cream – it was some kind of fake, plastic tasting white grease. The table of Japanese ladies next to us also gazed in bewilderment at whatever it was too. They tasted it then moved it aside. A bit like ourselves. The jam was fine but hardly the stuff of legends. Actually, the muffins were dry and tasteless so we weren’t impressed. Time for the entrées, I mean mains…
Stuffed popover ($17:50) – scrambled eggs with cream cheese and spring onions in a Yorkshire pudding-like batter and served with salad. It looked like a baked potato skin filled with a huge amount of creamy, well-made scrambled eggs. It was big, filling and importantly tasty.
Mrs Foodie ordered French Toast ($18). Cooked American-style and not British, in that it was sweet and not savoury. Fluffy Brioche bread served with maple syrup and that weird cream. Delicious (cream aside!) so this was well worth stopping by for.
About Mrs Foodie’s white peach Bellini. It wasn’t a large serving and she thinks the peach was still sitting at the bar.
At $86.56 this was an expensive brunch and almost twice what we paid for brunch in Brooklyn the day before. It’s definitely a place to be seen with lots of ladies posing. Aside from the muffins/cream, the dishes are pretty good but perhaps not worth the expense. Staff were friendly, helpful and kept very busy though when we asked about the “SB.guest WIFI” we were told that it wasn’t for public use because “it keeps crashing the system”. Eh? And they have a suggested tip amount on the receipt, minimum 17% max 22%. We gave them 15 as that was the norm elsewhere.
The restaurant was clean, tidy and looked after. The toilets were clean but don’t be desperate to go, only 3 unisex toilets for 250 people!?
+ A place to be seen
+ Mostly good food, filling portions
+ Mostly good beer
+ Clean & tidy, staff helpful
– Long queue with no seating. Make sure to book!
– Despite the high prices staff expect a minimum 17% tip but wouldn’t mind 22%!
– Dry muffins
– The “cream”. WTF IS IT!?
– Only 3 toilets for 250 people?!?
– No WiFi cos it keeps crashing the system? C’mon really!?
Opening Hours: 8am to 10:30pm
Subway: line 1 at Franklin Street.
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