When spending an entire summer in New York City, you get some time to explore lots of hidden gems (well there are probably millions, but with a baby, we did pretty well to get to "lots" of them!!). Sarabeth's was one on my list, being a New York brunch institution (which I may or may not have known about primarily through Sex And The City), and as Brunch is still our favourite meal of the day, we decided to head to the best of best before leaving NYC.
Sarabeth's started over 30 years ago from humble beginnings of selling homemade Orange-Apricot Marmalade and is now one of the most popular breakfast locale's in NYC. We got a booking only because it was a Friday, the weekend spots were booked up two weeks in advance (in all five locations!).
One of the first things (of many) that impressed me about Sarabeth's was the sheer range of options!! I know we used to have heaps of options in Melbourne, but its been so long that I'd forgotten that we could order more than crepes or a Full English Breakfast.
I think we sat reading our menu's for about 15 minutes, there were just so many awesome sounding options, it was hard to choose. It wasn't especially gluten-friendly, so I just had to choose something that was gluten-kind and put up with a bit of a bloated belly for the rest of the day. I went with the Short Rib Hash, but Husband couldn't go past the Pumpkin Waffles!
The Braised Short Rib Has was tender and salty and as with most portions in the USA, it was huge!! (although, ahem, I finished every mouthful). It came with an amazing tomatillo sauce that had just enough spice to balance the ribs & potato, and the eggs were perfectly cooked. If I had to compare though, I think I preferred the Corned Beef Hash I had at Daylesford Organics, which had a little more zing and a little less hash!
Pumpkin Waffles. Yeah okay. If I could eat anything in the world I would probably have chosen them too. I had half a forkful, just for curiosity purposes (and I figured if I was having a bit of gluten anyway, I may as well get a teeny tiny taste too) and oh heavens was it good! It was spicy and sweet and warm. I wasn't offered any more, but the speed with which it was consumed told me that every forkful was as good as that one.
One element of our brunch that made for a wonderful outing was how accommodating they were of us bringing a toddler. Compared to the small and pokey little cafe's that we frequent in London, this place was gigantic and rather than crammed with tables, there was space between each. SPACE! So we had our pram, our neighbouring table had theirs, and waiter's could walk between us without scowling or anything! Amazing!!
They even have a super sweet little kids menu.
To which we promptly ignored in favour for bread. Lots of bread! I'm so glad we're through that fussy phase!
Not that she had much time for anything else though... She was enjoying being the centre of attention WAY too much for simple things like eating and smiling!
I feel like it is one of those reliable restaurants to eat at, in which you know you'll be getting a good and filling meal, and whilst its not the cheapest brunch spot by any means, it certainly isn't exorbitant!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our casual Friday morning Brunch and will definitely be heading back there, when next we are in New York (again soon please Husband!!).