About Cafe SFA
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.
New York, NY 10021
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Afternoon Tea
Hours of Operation:
Cafe SFA and The Terrace:
Monday-Saturday 12 to 7:30pm
Sunday 12 to 6pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Available for private events- please call 212 940 2138 for information
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Cafe SFA hosts special events and dinners throughout the year. Check our website for what is coming up.
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.
Cafe SFA Ratings and Reviews
Pleasant lunch here. The combination choices of sandwich , soup, salad are the greatest idea. A small portion of each with choices. A great deal. Had the beet and ricotta appetizer as a lunch and it was superb. There are many dining options here. Will definitely return!
It was perfect for a lunch where I could have a conversation. Service was good and the food was tasty. I was disappointed in the presentation of the Cobb salad. It seemed as though the ingredients were just plopped on top of the lettuce in big chunks with no attempt to make it visually appealing. Rather thrown together. And it took longer than expected to get our check.
Please note that to get a seat at the window overlooking Rockefeller Center, your party must be 4 or less guests. The main reason I booked this restaurant was for the view so we were quite disappointed. I prefer the regular menu over the Holiday Menu. When we checked the menu before booking, the regular menu popped up so we were quite surprised when we got to the restaurant and the menu was completely different. There were 5 of us in our group so they seated us at a table for 6 but never removed the 6th place setting so it was a little awkward. The waiter never asked us if we wanted to order drinks. He was just anxious to get our food order. Overall, the food was good and the service was OK, just not up to par for the price of the meal. I would return again but only with a party of 4 where I could have a window seat.
Waited 15 minutes until I was attended to. No water, no service for 15 minutes. Watches as people were seated after me and received water and service. Finally got water and glass was dirty. Overall the food was amazing, but the service can definitely be improved.
Overall, the food and service are pretty good, however the physical space needs updating. It makes a great spot for a meal and view of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree ( ask for
Window seat). It's very convenient if you're in SFA to begin with, and who can resist the walk through the shoe department to get there!
Went here around Christmas time because I heard you can see rockefeller center tree while you eat. It's on the 8th floor of saks 5th Ave and I made a reservation on open table before hand. When we arrived at 1145am it was pretty empty. There's only about 3 seats that actually can see the tree and that is the only appeal if you aren't looking for a way overpriced meal while you shop. We were seated where we couldn't see, when I asked to move we were obliged but not not happily. Our server could tell we were tourist not interested in wine or mimosas and he appeared annoyed by us the whole time. We orders a combo lunch, tiny sandwich, tiny salad and super tiny cupcake for about $20. It was yummy but without that awesome view, would've been a joke. I would go back because I loved the view and ambiance but for no other reason.
There is no afternoon tea here! I read that Cafe SFA was a tearoom here on OpenTable. A little disappointed, but the food was okay. The tables and seats were really close to each other, however, and the food took at least 30 min to get to us. The server was alright too, but it took a really long time to get our check and get it back to be signed... Overall I probably would not come back here again.
What a lovely lunch we had! Several old friends got together for a delicious lunch that we were allowed to enjoy without being rushed. The food was great, the service was friendly and unhurried, and the Prosecco was a nice festive touch for the holidays. We're already planning our return visit. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!
Around the time of our wedding anniversary for several years now we've gone to NYC to shop and see a Broadway show. It's become a tradition to have lunch at the Café inside Saks. Regretfully, this was the last year for the Café; we've noticed a decline in lunch quality and quantity. My wife had the "petit curried chicken salad sandwich" with lentil soup, and I had the "petit tuna salad sandwich" with lentil soup. The sandwiches are "microscopic" not "petit." The curried chicken salad taste was fair at best, and the tuna seemed like mystery fish. Each lunch was $21. As a side, we shared French fries at the waiter's suggestion. He didn't tell us they were $10, a lot by even NYC standards. The menu boasted that the cup cakes were voted the "best in NY" by the Village Voice, so we each gave in to temptation. Sadly, the cup cakes were dry and tiny. The service was OK, but we've seen much better at Saks in past years. We remember the days when the servers treated us like we were in a very high-end store.
OpenTable confirmed my reservation. When I arrived at the restaurant I was told it was closed for a private event. No prior communication was received from Cafe SFA. I wasted money, time and could not get a reasonable restaurant at the time. I believe there should be better communication between OpenTable and the restaurants. I am very disappointed.
If you are shopping in NYC and looking for a little more than the quick bite, if you are looking for a place to meet up with fellow shoppers for a respite from the ordeals of shopping, something a little more special than a street pretzel or dirty water hotdog, this is a good choice. Not cheap but not over the moon expensive for New York. Great menu for all orders of eaters. You can bring your husband - it's not just a tearoom.
I cannot answer any of your questions because despite the fact that I made a dinner reservation for 7 pm on Monday. And waited an hour before going to the Cafe because your automated system said the only available reservation was for 7 pm. I was in the store since well before 6 PM.
When I went to the Cafe for my reservation I was told that the kitchen was already closed.
A very nice employee named Christian gave me a tour of the Cafe, it is lovely, and showed me a menu. At my request, he also said he would have the restaurant manager, also named Christian, call me.
Honestly, I can understand a technology glich since Monday was Labor Day but the thing that bothers me the most is that I still have not heard from the restaurant manager. That is really bad service which I would not expect from SAKS. From Alisa 718 637 4908
Always enjoyed cafe sfa, food is tasty and allot for your money. The turkey avocado sandwich is amazing. The cafe is very nice among the hustle of the shoe salon just wish they would do a remodel of the cafe. The outer part of the dining area that surrounds the Windows needs updating.
I had the pasta dish with Parmesan shaved truffles and a poached egg. It was a perfect lunchtime size, satisfying but not too heavy. I wasn't in the mood for a salad that day but they looked delicious as the servers walked by with them. We happened to go there on a day when their cc machines were not working so the meals were cash only. I'm not sure if this contributed to slow service but it took over 1 hour for lunch . This was fine as we were not in a rush that day. I will try this place again.
So looked forward to shopping and dining at Saks for a very special occasion. Was disappointed in the dining. Service was very nice and prompt. Food was very outdated and just not in keeping with Saks. Neiman Marcus is so much better. Too noisy. They need a new menu with beautiful, healthy, delicious food, better pricing and atmosphere consistent with all the gorgeous modern updates in the store. Surprised the food was so limited, unremarkable yet expensive.
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