Sarabeth’s is well known for its legendary brunches, but to be honest it’s amazing any time of day. Overlooking Central Park, the Sarabeth’s Central Park South dining room is a place to see and be seen, where everyone dining there appears to have walked out of the latest Vogue issue. It is a very trendy dining destination, but not at all pretentious as the friendly staff attend to your every need, making the experience extremely comfortable. I was meeting a friend at Sarabeth’s for brunch on a Saturday, at its very peak hour! We arrived on time but were asked to wait an additional 15 minutes, which was quite annoying at first, but the maître d' was kind enough to offer us each a complimentary cup of coffee at the bar for making us wait. We were finally seated in the rear dining room which is adorned with hand painted floral ceilings, and fresh flowers all along the windows overlooking the courtyard. It had a summery and light vibe which instantly cast us into an enjoyable mood. Since we were not very hungry my friend ordered the Chicken Ceaser Salad with a side of French fries and I ordered their famous French toast alongside an Arnold Palmer. The Ceaser Salad was excellent and didn’t have an excess of dressing, and the grilled chicken offering was generous and wasn’t at all dry which can often be the case. The prize winner however was the French toast, which is by far the best French toast I have had in a very long time; ever actually. It was perfectly cooked, was moist and soft and came served with fresh strawberries, butter and maple syrup. I could not have wished for a better dish; I was genuinely impressed. The fries were also golden and crispy and the drinks were delicious and refreshing. Despite the hefty bill at the end and having to wait for a while, I strongly recommend Sarabeth’s as the excellent quality food and great service make it the ideal brunch spot in New York.
40 Central Park South (5th/6th Ave) New York, NY 10019