Cafe: Fred's at Barneys

There's nothing like working up an appetite shopping for Summer wear. Of course with bikini season right around the corner, stopping for a bite to eat might not be the most flattering decision. Then again, that's what crunches and lunges are for, right? This week's "Cafe" column discusses the a great place to snack during your retail therapy.

Food Critic Michele Laudig on Fred's:

I'm particularly fond of the Sunday brunch here, not only because the setting puts me in a good mood -- it does not feel like the mall -- but because it's a generous prix fixe deal. It includes a soft drink, sparkling wine, mimosa, or Bloody Mary; an entrée and side salad; freshly baked pastries, scones, and bread; dessert, and coffee.

Top-shelf vodka was a nice touch with the Bloody Mary, and I could've stuffed myself on nothing more than warm muffins and focaccia. I was excited to try the housemade bagels, although my single complaint about the bagel club was that it was served with smoked wild salmon and whipped cream cheese already on it -- I'd rather control my own portion of cream cheese...full story

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