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Many Happy Returns

These new department-store cafés make waiting in the exchange line a bit more palatable.


1. Burke in the Bar at Bloomingdale’s
The mad-scientist chef caters to peckish big-brown-baggers with “millionaire’s meatloaf” and roasted “angry hen-in-law.”
1000 Third Ave., entrance on 59th St.; 212-705-3800

2. BG Restaurant at Bergdorf Goodman
The new seventh-floor restaurant has Kelly Wearstler décor, a view of the park, and a $25 riff on a Cobb salad.
Fifth Ave. at 58th St.; 212-872-8977

3. SnAKS and HTwo at Saks Fifth Avenue
SnAKS, on the fifth floor: tartines, or open-faced sandwiches, served Parisian style on Poilâne bread. HTwo, on two: Every salad from Caesar to niçoise is paired with the appropriate (as if there were such a thing) still or sparkling water.
611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St.; 212-940-4176


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