Going out for breakfast isn't really a "thing" where we live, and if you do find a place that does breakfast, it's cold continental style, which isn't terribly exotic. I'm a mad fan of going out for breakfast or brunch, so we try and do it when we travel if we can.
We'd heard good things about Sarabeth's in NYC, and bookings were advised, so we booked well in advance and there weren't many bookings remaining - it's VERY popular. Sarabeth's has 5 locations, and we booked in at Central Park South, within walking distance from our hotel.
On arrival on a chilly morning, there was already a line forming outside as they opened. Luckily we'd booked and were escorted to our table and offered coffee as we were seated. Now, I'm no huge expert on NYC, but I'm almost sure that we stayed in a hotel on this exact spot about 20 years ago. It's not a hotel now, but the decor is the same as it was back then, very 90's pastel-y with definite "hotel breakfast room" feel. It's also very large.
The menu looked good and I ordered the Classic Eggs Benedict (my fave breakfast dish) and a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice to go with my coffee. The boys ordered other hot egg dishes and we shared a side of bacon (mmmmm, bacon). Breakfast came to well over $US100 for three.
Honestly, the food is good, but it's not fabulous. I'm not sure what the buzz is about this place. It's absolutely jammed with tourists and it's not cheap. By the time we left, the line was working its way down the block. If you're mad for eating what amounts to a nice pricey breakfast in a fairly ordinary atmosphere, then this is the spot for you, but you could replicate it in lots of hotel breakfast rooms in NYC, and find better in lots of other lesser known cafes (like the fab Tenth Avenue Cookshop, which I'll review later).
40 Central Park South
(59th Street, between 5th and 6th)
Phone:- 212 826 5959