I reluctantly left the comfort of my a/c apartment in Park Slope to venture into overheated Manhattan today to go shopping with my wife (who actually it turns out wanted to buy me something for my birthday which I celebrate later this month.)
Well, I'm glad I did because we had lunch at Union Square Cafe. USC is one of the consistently excellent restaurants in NYC with one of the best staffs around. It was about 1/2 full at 2:00PM today and a cool oasis from the scorching pavement.
We split a snap pea salad which came with pancetta, mint, pecorino Romano and olive oil - light, summery, crisp and delicious!
I had lasagna Bolognese with ricotta and English peas - light pastry-like separations with light fluffy ricotta and excellent Bolognese sauce.
My wife had the spaghettini w/flaked halibut, chili, white wine and garlic - another great, summery, dish.
We each had a glass of Sancerre and split a baked strawberry rhubarb cobbler with almond ice cream.
A great way to idle away a couple of hours on an oppressive Sunday afternoon - I once again highly recommend USC.