Oh, Sarabeth’s. You were my first Manhattan love affair when I discovered you three years ago. During my first visit to the city, my family and I ate brunch at Sarabeth’s, per a recommendation. Back when I was a carnivore, I sampled the applewood-smoked bacon, eggs benedict, muffins, four flowers juice (best juice ever), gruyère omelette and pumpkin waffles. To save you some time, I’ll say flat out that everything was absurdly scrumptious and delectable. So naturally, I brought my closest friends when we came over Easter Break. And then in June I had it in Tribeca when my mom moved me in. And then I had it this weekend. I guess these are the tell-tale signs of obsession. Plus, the Central Park South location is more than consummate. I will mention that the Tribeca one is decorated differently; it’s cute but I prefer the Central Park locale. Here’s a tip: Sarabeth’s sells its preserves online and in certain gourmet shops, like Sur La Table. Heads up: my photo gallery pays a tribute to all of my visits to Sarabeth’s.
Location: 40 Central Park South
Time: 11:30 am (no weekend brunch reservations; the wait was about half an hour)
Order: Pumpkin Waffles
Review: My life is now different. My aunt ordered it a few years back and I fell in love with it then. This time I figured I would have it as my dish because I can get eggs benedict anywhere. Warning: it’s super filling and flavorful. And the best waffles I have ever had; it’s worth noting that I’m not a waffle fan but love this one. The flavor explosion starts with the raisins and pumpkin seeds, scattered in and over the waffle. It then continues with fresh sour cream and drizzled organic honey from Doerfler’s Farm. Even the waitress applauded me for my order, calling it a “good choice” as she smiled. Honestly, anything here is a fabulous choice. My best friend ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes- delicious.