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NY Brunch - Sadelle’s, Soho

And the song goes ‘...but I’m a 90’s b*#%*, I love it!'.

In other words, I spent my teens and uni years watching Friends and Sex and the City. In my mind, New York was this elevated, carefree place where girlfriends ruled and brunched in cool places, with glossy hair and snazzy outfits.

So, when I eventually found myself in New York for my birthday, it was inevitable that this cultural image would resurface. When my husband asked how I wanted to start the day, the response was  ‘Brunch at Sadelle’s in SoHo, please’.

Why Sadelle’s? It’s my kind of place, it’s relaxed and casual in terms of looks, but the service and table settings are elegant and carefully managed.

Their trademark is bagels.
They are stacked high, behind the counter, on the wall and you can watch the bakers make them in the glass-surround workshop, in the middle of the restaurant! 

The menu reminds you with subtle elegance that you can have 'caviar on everything'. Tempting, but just this once, that's not what we were after. 
The bagel tower, that's what we were after! 
We went for a 'traditional' one, a 'salt and pepper' one and the super-duper 'everything 2.0', a caraway and fennel seed punchy little number. 
Verdict - the salt and pepper was the one for me.  

Sadelle's are also known for their smoked fish - a separate counter with dozens of gloriously orangey-pink pieces of salmon is the first thing you see when you walk in. I thought that eggs Benedict would be a good homage to try everything this lovely place had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised when everything arrived in lovely silver pots and pans, cleverly balancing the exposed brick walls and bistro-style setup. 

If you find yourself in SoHo, do pop in, go on, pretend it's your birthday! 

My birthday view

Bagels in the making 

Beautiful SoHo

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