It was stiflingly hot in New York City last weekend, with a heat index of about 110 degrees. And that’s nowhere near the intense temperature on the subway platforms! A sauna would have felt like a breath of fresh air after standing around for ten minutes, waiting for the train!
All this to say, while Greg and I were walking around the Upper West Side on Sunday, we didn’t get very far before we needed to stop for some air conditioning and sustenance.
Is that a mirage I see?
Nope, it’s real: Cafe Luxembourg!
We put our names in for a table and headed back into the heat to wait.
Passing the time with selfies. After all, is it actually hot in NYC if you don’t post about it?!
Then it was time to head inside, angels singing as that fresh air conditioning touched our skin.
I started with a Berry Bellini with St. Germain, blackberry purée and sparkling wine. Because, as Greg’s mom reminded us via text, it’s important to stay hydrated in the heat!
Because it’s also important to eat burgers in the heat (ok, I’m making that one up…) I ordered the Luxemburger. Don’t you just love the name?!
And it. was. awesome.
It was by far the best burger I’ve had in a long time! The fries were perfectly crispy too, making me exceedingly happy with my meal.
Greg got… a salad.
He ordered the Country Salad to be exact, with frisée, Fourme d’Ambert, bacon lardons, a poached egg, and bacon vinaigrette.
It arrived looking like the ugliest salad I’d ever seen.
It also did not look worth the $18 it cost. However, Greg said that it was delicious, and because I don’t eat salad if I can help it, I’ll just have to believe him.
Not wanting to head back out into the furnace just yet, Greg ordered the Mme Luxembourg for dessert. It’s champagne poured over mojito sorbet.
We were both expecting a bowl of sorbet, so we were surprised when it arrived in glass form. I didn’t particularly care for it, but Greg liked it because it reminded him of a German dessert he grew up with.
I’m unclear if there was champagne in his childhood dessert… who knows with Europe?! But anyway, here’s Greg, feeling like a kid again:
Afterwards we reluctantly headed back outside, much more refreshed than when we arrived.
Now if only we didn’t have to get on that awful subway platform again…
To find out more about Cafe Luxembourg, or to make a reservation, click here.