Sarabeth’s Kitchen

Bakery | Coffee shop
good
Worth a return.
Michael Stern | June 15, 2017
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When we came across Sarabeth’s Kitchen in the early 1980s, it was a small, charming cafe that seemed to exist more to sell house-made orange-apricot marmalade than to serve meals. The marmalade, which the restaurant serves with breadstuffs and is particularly yummy when decorating lengths of crisp-skinned pork sausage, still is a treasure. Sarabeth’s itself has become an empire with stores all over New York, one in Florida, and several in the Far East. (See Sarabeth’s website for addresses.)

We don’t begrudge conspicuous success, but we aren’t nearly as happy as we used to be with Sarabeth’s food. Yes, the marmalade is swell; a breakfast called Goldie Lox (eggs scrambled with smoked salmon and cream cheese) remains a luxurious indulgence; and lemon-ricotta hotcakes, which have been a signature dish for decades, are a breakfast benchmark. However, the muffins, croissants, scones, and other breadbasket things that are there to showcase the jams and jellies are leaden, and on a recent early morning visit to the Sarabeth’s on Madison Avenue, were day-old desiccated. Anyone in the mood for great baked goods has countless better choices throughout Manhattan and the boroughs. We’re not inscribing Sarabeth’s in the black book; we’ll likely return when in the market for a polite, unsurprising breakfast, such as one where the goal is to pay attention to tablemates rather than to the food. (Lunch and supper also are served.)

Dishes to try
Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
Lemon ricotta hotcakes have been a Sarabeth's signature dish since it was a modest neighborhood cafe. They come with butter, fresh strawberries, and real maple syrup.
Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Goldie Lox
Goldie Lox
"Goldie Lox" is a luxury scramble of eggs, smoked salmon, and cream cheese.
Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Coffee
Coffee
Coffee is good enough to upstage mediocre pastries.
Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Pork Sausage with Orange-Apricot Marmalade
Pork Sausage with Orange-Apricot Marmalade
Crisp-skinned, juicy, and well seasoned pork sausage lolls in a puddle of Sarabeth's orange-apricot jam. Oh, yeah!
Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Muffin Basket
Muffin Basket
Breadstuffs in the muffin basket look good but the ones I got one morning at 8am were day-old dried out.
Directions and Hours
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
Yes
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
Website