Last month I traveled to New York City to attend the amazing Social Good Summit. The conference was held at the 92Y which hosted three days of intense and enlightening discussions from noon to 6 pm with 15-minute rotations of panels of those spreading the word on how we, as global citizens can make a mark for change on a myriad of issues. This experience made a lasting impression which I will share more about.
The conference began on a Sunday and after a few hours of listening to panels, my friend Nicole and I needed to stretch our legs and allow our minds to absorb all the information shared. We then realized that we had not eaten breakfast before our travels into the city and needed to have a substantial meal before returning to the summit for the rest of the day. It was a glorious day, so we decided to cross the street and see what was available within the block.
We did not have to travel far before reaching a red awning with the name Lex. We perused the menu posted outside and liked the open-air café window overlooking the sidewalk. We ducked in and grabbed a table near the window to enjoy a little people watching. We opted to enjoy the fixed brunch menu and let me tell you, it was worth every single penny. For $25.00, we had the choice of an appetizer, main course, dessert and cocktail, and the best part- the choices were not stingy in the least. We decided to each place an order and share it.
We started with a glass of Pinot Grigio, which arrived with a healthy pour.
Then placed an order for calamari and crab cake appetizer.
The calamari was light and peppery and marinara sauce that was on the side had just a little bite to it, complimenting perfectly.
If there was anything at all about this meal that was just okay, it was the crab cake. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the best I've ever had. It landed in the “ok” section of the tasty scale.
Moving on to the entrée we chose the Cobb salad and Cheeseburger which came complete with fries.
The Cobb salad was huge and full of crisp bacon, egg and fresh crumbled bleu cheese. It was fresh and surprisingly light for the heavy flavors.
The cheeseburger, cooked to medium was juicy, handmade and oozed of creamy cheese under a delicious steamed bun.
Last but not least, we ordered a cup of coffee and chose our desserts of carrot cake & brownie al a mode.
The carrot cake was moist and cream cheese frosting had just a hint of sweetness so not to overpower the warm spice from the cake.
The brownie was decadent; warm with a drizzle of hot fudge and dollop of vanilla ice cream.
If you are looking for a quaint, quiet, off the beaten path place for brunch in the city, I highly recommend the Lex. It was fantastic in portion, taste, service and especially on my wallet. Still cannot believe I received such an amazing meal at such a steal- that's right…all the above was enjoyed for a mere $25 bucks.