We got a chance to hit up brunch at the new Sarabeth’s Park Avenue South restaurant (381 Park Avenue South at 27th Street) that opened in late February in the neighborhood and were both blown away, and not surprised, by the restaurant’s immediate popularity. It was a Saturday at 2:45pm and it was packed. There was even a 10-miute wait. And this is no small space – in fact it’s one of the biggest restaurants in the neighborhood.
But as this neighborhood changes now and over the last 10 years, becoming more residential, with more young creative business types and new families, Sarabeth’s is a perfect fit. Take note restauranteurs about to open the next high-end Italian or expensive New American spot, it’s fiercely competitive at the top, and you may want to re-think what this neighborhood really needs now. Good brunch is one of those things.
So on to the food. The menu is quite broad, and you can get a huge variety of egg dishes, pumpkin waffles, almond crusted french toast, their famous tomato soup, a lobster roll, a seafood cobb salad, 4 porridge concoctions, and so much more. (See the brunch menu at www.sarabeth.com/assets/images/PAS%20brunch%20menu.pdf)
We had the salmon eggs benedict, the seafood cobb, and the adult grilled cheese. The eggs in the salmon egg’s benedict were cooked perfectly, the salmon was well smoked, the hollandaise sauce was what you want, and it’s set on top of one of their house-made breads. The seafood cobb is packed with crab, lobster, shrimp, avocado, bacon, and egg – it tasted fresh and light and they didn’t skimp on the lobster. They are happy to bring you more dressing if it is too lightly dressed for your taste. And then there’s the adult grilled cheese, which is a bowl of cream of tomato soup plus a pretzel bread grilled gruyere and cheddar sandwich. The tomato soup is now one of the our favorite things in the neighborhood. You can even get it a la carte.
Sarabeth’s is both good for groups, and stroller friendly (they have an area for them by the front). Plus everyone we encountered working there is very friendly.
Of course Sarabeth’s also offers a full lunch and dinner menu and we look forward to trying it. They also have a big bar up front with specialty cocktails, a selection of Guinness cocktails, a nice beer and wine list. It’s certainly a good spot for after-work drinks. Overall Sarabeth’s is a great and much needed addition to the neighborhood and we are curious how it will do in the annual reader’s choice of Best brunch near the Flatiron.