When the thermometer is reaching into the 80s and 90s, the last thing you want to eat is a hot bowl of soup or a heavy meal. With a heatwave on the way this week, we want you to be prepared. Here are a few cold, light savory items to seek out when all you need is to cool down.
In our opinion, any meal at Aldea is a treat. And of course, their appetizer of gazpacho isn’t just cold tomato soup. They use flavorful heirloom tomatoes and tangy pickled cucumbers, with a topping of “ricotta snow.” The soup is available at both lunch and dinner.
Kale Salad, Angelica Kitchen
Angelica Kitchen is full of delicious healthy meals making it the perfect spot for eating in the warmer months. One of their new menu item needed for trying out is the tasty kale salad: kale with miso tofu feta, sundried tomatoes, and toasted walnuts, all dressed with olive oil, lemon, and garlic.
Ceviche is the ultimate summertime meal: cool soup that relies on citric acid to “cook” its seafood, instead of making it on the stove. For some of the best ceviche in the city, head to Alphabet City’s Desnuda. It’s menu goes beyond shrimp, you can try ceviches filled with tiger prawns, diver scallops, even organic Scottish salmon.
Locanda Salad, Locanda Verde
A number of people just turn to salads in the summer: it’s easy, healthy, and get for fitting into bathing suits. But Locanda Verde’s Locanda Salad is something to treat yourself to when you want a meaty salad. Bitter greens topped with sweet dried cherries, crunchy hazelnuts, and savory smoked speck is the perfect mix of healthy and not so healthy.
Sushi, Taro Sushi
Of course, sushi is always welcome in the dog days of summer. Sure there are fancy places in Manhattan, but head out to Taro Sushi in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for quality sushi and sashimi without breaking the bank. Their extensive menu is big enough to please everyone including the friend who insists upon caviar.
Sundae, Eddie's Sweet Shop
Eddie’s Sweet Shop has been a Queens institution since it opened over a hundred years ago. Be prepared to be impressed by their hot fudge sundae: it’s complete decadence from the thick homemade whipped cream to the initial layer of fudge that’s spooned into a frozen cup causing a thick, hardened layer at the bottom of the ice cream.
Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.