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Permanently Closed - Cafe SFA

181 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Afternoon Coffee

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Cafe SFA is a hidden gem nestled on the 8th floor of the iconic flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store. Chef Alex Reyes' menu is fresh and seasonal with daily specials served alongside an inventive selection of entrees, salads, and sandwiches. A stylish and comfortable interior features bird's-eye views of Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Café SFA is a popular midtown business lunch spot and a favorite destination for shoppers and international visitors. Private events are also a specialty and Café SFA can host functions of all types and sizes at several locales in the store.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of operation
Cafe SFA and The Terrace:

Monday-Saturday 12 to 7:30pm
Sunday 12 to 6pm
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Phone number
(212) 940-4080
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alexandro Reyes
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Private party facilities
The flagship Saks Fifth Avenue store is an iconic setting that emanates luxury and style. Add exquisite food and drink and you have the makings of a truly memorable event. We offer versatile space for corporate and social occasions, from cocktail parties to elegant formal dinners.
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (877) 912-1347
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Available for private events- please call 212 940 2138 for information
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Cross street
49th Street
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Public transit
Subway: B,D,F,M,6,E
Bus: M50
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Special events & promotions
Cafe SFA hosts special events and dinners throughout the year. Check our website for what is coming up.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on recent ratings
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RickR (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

I made this reservation in late December 2017 and it was confirmed by OpenTable. however, it turns out the restaurant closed its door at the end of December without OpenTable or the restaurant giving us any notice. Now Opentable wants me to review!! Get your act together or get out of the business!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

I was shocked to discover that I, along with my 5 friends approached Cafe SFA at 12:00 as my reservation said, only to find that it was closed! I had received a reminder just the day before to be there at 12:00, confirming my reservation. I don't know who dropped the ball, either Open Table or Cafe SFA, (I'm assuming it was Cafe SFA but will never know) but needless to say, I would NOT assume from here on in that a reservation made on any online entity is going to be there. I will call ahead from now on to confirm. Thankfully, someone from the restaurant was there when we arrived and offered to make my group another lunch reservation at a restaurant in the area, which saved the day. I was embarrassed and it was a tense time until we had a later lunch reservation confirmed at another restaurant. My takeaway is that you MUST call to confirm any reservation you make. Don't assume that it'll be there when you show up.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was impeccable, our waitress was very attentive and gave great recommendations. I believe she was from Ohio.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Restaurant was closed for a private party!!!!! Never honored our reservation. ! Very upsetting

vipconky (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Kitchen messed up our first course and sent our second course before fixing the first. Not ideal and they didn’t take anything off the check

Hungrybear (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

Nice view and lovely staff and surroundings but took a little too long for food to arrive.
Good location and pretty place to chat,dine,dinner meeting etc.

HSlovesNYC2017 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

The menu is smaller in the evening than on their website. So you have fewer options to choose. Also, some of their ingredients may not be there if you are dining after 5:30 pm. The food was delicious and service ok. It is somewhat difficult to find. You have to go to the 8th floor and through the shoe to the back.
There are very few signs. The department store pretends to be a high end, so be aware and not to be intimidated by some of the looks you may get if you are wearing jeans or other casual clothing. Not a place to go wearing flip-flops, shorts, or tired t-shirt.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Hadn't been to Cafe SFA in over 10 years, but was eager to reorder my favorite dish - Asian Chicken Salad. It was still wonderful. The views are so unusual and stunning and the service was perfect. A little pricey for lunch, but otherwise, perfect.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

SFA is a classic. Always convenient and a great excuse to go shoe shopping. It is always a bonus when stumble across the sales. Service was fair but all else makes up for it. This is a great central meeting location.

vipJeberama (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

SFA Cafe is always a sure bet. Conveniently located in midtown and if you get a table by the window you can spy some of the great rooftop gardens of the buildings on 5th Avenue. The menu is somewhat limited but the salads are always good and they'll make adjustments to anything to satisfy dietary restrictions (or desires). I've been countless times and I'm sure I'll continue to return again and again.

vipUNplazagirl (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

This is the perfect place to meet a friend in midtown and have a long quiet talk then explore the latest fashions. The food was actually very good but the menu is very limited. Service was great.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 19, 2017

Hmmmm, well, the view is epic and iconic, I will say that. However, the food is far less than epic and is better left alone. My recommendation would be that you go to this spot strictly for a glass of somethin' somethin' and save your money for better eats elsewhere. Nuff said. Oh, our waiter was funny and great, a definite plus.

LHIIESQ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 18, 2017

A pleasant find. Terrific food. Excellent, attentive service and quiet!

pharris (Perth / WA)
2.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

Good food let down by extremely poor service. It is very hard to recommend this place.

vipShopgirl3 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on September 6, 2017

It's a little fussy…modern decor but still old fashioned (not in a good way). I couldn't put my finger on it but it felt old-ladyish. Maybe the dreary day outside contributed to the drab feeling inside…so I'll give it another chance…maybe. Too much money for a salad & a cup of tea. Much prefer BG @ Bergdorf's for the cafe in a department store experience.