Ultimate Post-Shopping Dining Guide

By Beth Landman  |  December 19, 2013

Smart New York City stores have finally figured it out: Shopping makes people hungry. That's why some of the best department stores and boutiques have installed restaurants right inside, so you can finish dessert and then go back to the shoe department. Here are a list of the city's best in-store restaurants, plus a list of great eating options in NYC's most popular shopping neighborhoods.

  • Fred’s

    Located on the 9th floor of Barneys, named after the son of the store’s founder, and run by chef Mark Straussman, this is one of the area's busiest lunchtime stops. The fashion set love the generous salads are also a draw, including a grilled tuna Nicoise; Mark’s Madison Avenue, the ultimate chopped salad, made with Italian tuna and fourteen vegetables; and the tri colori salad with sliced steak, tomato and shaved parmesan. For something more decadent, try the individual-size pizza robiola with truffle oil.

    660 Madison Ave.;

  • Anassa Taverna

    An upbeat, fun taverna, this Greek spot opened across the street from Bloomingdale's earlier this year.  Favorites like grilled octopus, whole Mediterranean fish, tomato salad and spanakopita are gently priced; there's an occasional DJ for the nighttime crowd. 

    200 East 60th St.; 212-371-5200

  • Armani Ristorante

    The legendary designer himself collaborated with architects to create the restaurant within his store, and the muted palate he often uses in his fashions is reflected in the beige walls and black floors. Sandro Romano, former chef de cuisine at The Modern, took over the kitchen this spring. Some of his signature dishes include Ossobuco Alla Milanese, braised veal shank served with Calabrian saffron risotto; and Branzino Selvaggio, slow roasted wild sea bass with arugula salsa verde .

    717 Fifth Ave., 212-207-1902

  • BG

    Pastel colors and teacup chairs add a whimsical backdrop to the restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman that overlooks Central Park. Among the favorites are the Gotham salad, a combo of diced chicken breast, ham, gruyere, tomato, bacon, hard-boiled and beets over crisp greens; Lobster Napolean with fresh pasta, chanterelles and truffle butter; and the BG, a flourless hazelnut cake with white and dark chocolate mousse, raspberries and caramel drizzle.

    754 5th Ave.; 212-872-8977

  • Café SFA

    The views from this cafe inside Saks Fifth Avenue are incredible - Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center and Saks' massive new shoe department.  Apart from the vistas, the café has recently hired Barcelona chef Alex Reyes, who work with Jose Andras in Washington, and has added more sophisticated dishes like diver scallops with radishes, persimmon vinaigrette, pickled red onion and red endive; and black bass with sweet potato puree, forest mushrooms and fig-veal jus.

    611 Fifth Ave.; 212-940-4080

  • Serafina

    There is something for everyone at the popular spot in the heart of Madison Ave.'s high-end shopping strip. For the health conscious, there is a new kale salad, grilled salmon and paper-thin chicken paillard. Even better: It's an easy place to walk-in without a reservation.

    33 East 61st St.; 212-702-9898

  • Stella 34

    This trattoria hidden on the 6th floor of Macy's features a dazzling view of the Empire State building and the Herald Square holiday lights.  In addition to the menu of Neapolitan pizzas from the wood-burning ovens, salads, pasta and sharable antipasti, there is a take-away counter with Panini, focaccia, pastries and coffee for shoppers in a hurry. There is also an outpost of Florence’s Vivoli Gelateria and a department store Santa during breakfast hours.

    151 West 34th St., 212-967-9251

  • Sarabeth at Lord & Taylor

    Breakfast is offered all day at the department store outpost of this NYC brunch favorite. Apart from selections like “Popeye’’ eggs with spinach and black forest ham, there are non-breakfast options, including an open faced tuna salad on sourdough, smoked salmon tea sandwiches, a roasted chicken cobb salad and Sarabeth’s famed tomato soup. A café with coffee and baked goods offers quick service.

    424 Fifth Ave., 212-827-5068