Sarabeth’s: A good egg with iffy service

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In addition to a permanent Edward Hopper collection, mega-popular exhibits like the recently-closed Picasso and American Art, and the always highly anticipated biennial that features kooky yet memorable art like Kiki Smith’s Tale and the Cremaster Series from Matthew Barney, the Whitney Museum houses a branch of Sarabeth’s, home to quintessential brunch.

I’ve had a love-hate with the eatery for some time. Years ago I lived across from the one on the Upper West Side, which on summer Sundays was always noisy with sidewalk brunchers and seemed perpetually crowded in that frenzied way that puts me on edge.

But the food is tasty. I’ve eaten at the Whitney Sarabeth’s twice, both times having the Goldie Lox, scrambled eggs with lox and cream cheese, which is just about the most perfect omelet I’ve had in my life so far. The scones are tasty too, as well as the coffee and their famous jam.

Prices are a bit steep – brunch dishes are around $10 – though the servings are hefty, and service is inconsistent. My first time I didn’t have any issues, but the second time our waitress for some reason had trouble understanding my friend’s request for “no dill” on her tuna dish, turning repeatedly to me and my other friend for translation, though we were all speaking English, and neglected to tell me when I ordered a mocha that I’d be charged for both an espresso ($3) and a hot chocolate ($5), totaling 8 bucks for a non-alcoholic beverage. Luckily it was so damned good.

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