On a normal Saturday or Sunday at brunch, I tend to order the greasiest, least healthy dish on the menu to help me recover from the night before.
But it so happened that when I was invited to try brunch at Measure Lounge in Langham Place Hotel, I had a four-hour charity cycling event later that afternoon. So I went into the meal dedicated to keeping it light and relatively healthy.
With our mission at hand, Ann Louise and I started out by sharing the homemade bircher muesli with Granny Smith apples and Concord grapes, along with the blood orange and kale salad with pomegranate, walnuts, feta cheese, and a lime dressing.
The bircher muesli was interesting–it had the texture of a soggy granola, mixed with yogurt. But the flavor was nice, and we felt accomplished for choosing such a healthy dish to kick off our meal.
The blood orange and kale salad was delightful, and had an absolutely gorgeous presentation. It was (almost) too pretty to eat! It looked like the chef had decided to use arugula on this particular day rather than kale, but we didn’t mind, as both of us preferred arugula anyway. The sweet blood orange paired nicely with the richness of the feta cheese and the tangy, citrus lime dressing.
Once we each had our fair share of the salad and the bircher muesli, we realized we had broken a Bitch cardinal rule–we had yet to order cocktails. Ann Louise immediately ordered a Bloody Mary, and I opted for a celery mimosa. Ann Louise said her Bloody Mary was incredibly tasty, and she could tell the mix was made in-house.
I liked that Measure Lounge has several different mimosa flavors to chose from, and although I was unsure about ordering the celery, our waitress promised it tasted better than it sounded, and she was absolutely right. It was sweeter than expected and incredibly refreshing. I would’ve ordered another, but we were intrigued by the restaurant’s bottled cocktails, so we opted to try two of those for our next round.
Measure Lounge offers a seasonal selection of hand-bottled cocktails, crafted exclusively by their bartenders and served tableside in adorable mini glass bottles. Our server suggested we try the Aperol Spritz and the Negroni, which was their seasonal cocktail at the time.
The Aperol Spritz consisted of what tasted like prosecco, Aperol, and soda water, and was served in a larger glass, adorned with a piece of candied rhubarb. Ann Louise was a big fan of this cocktail, and remarked that it was the perfect springtime beverage.
The Negroni wasn’t your classic cocktail–the bartenders incorporated nitro brew from Stumptown Coffee into it, which they offer on tap at Measure Lounge. While this was definitely tasty, and the addition of the nitro coffee added an interesting, smoky aftertaste, we both agreed this cocktail was a bit aggressive for brunch.
For her main entree, Ann Louise ordered the smoked salmon Eggs Benedict on brioche. After having a bad Eggs Benny experience at a different brunch a few weeks prior, she was a bit apprehensive to jump back on the poached eggs train. But she was so glad she did–the eggs were perfectly cooked, the smoked salmon was delicious, and the Hollandaise sauce wasn’t too rich or too sweet. Ann Louise raved this was one of the best smoked salmon Eggs Benedict dishes that she’s had at brunch in the city.
As for my entree, whenever I see Croque Madame on a menu, I have to order it, so that’s what I went with. To say I was pleased with my dish would be an understatement—everything from the pancetta to the eggs was perfectly cooked, and the sandwich was filling without being too heavy.
All of our main dishes were served on heated ceramic plates, which we thought was a nice touch and put a unique stamp on the brunch. It also didn’t hurt that this helped our entrees to stay warm while we snapped countless photos.
Although we were more than full after our entrees and starters, we decided to split the cinnamon brioche French toast with strawberry mascarpone for dessert. Our waitress had nothing but good things to say about the dish, and it definitely lived up to our expectations.
This dish was exceptional, as the French toast was perfectly cooked, with a bit of a crispy char on the outside of the brioche and a fluffy center. The strawberry mascarpone was a welcome addition. It was reminiscent of whipped cream cheese, and added a hint of sweetness without overpowering the already rich French toast.
At first Ann Louise and I were a bit skeptical of trying a hotel brunch, but Measure Lounge far exceeded our expectations. I can definitely see myself bringing my parents here next time they come visit, as they tend to prefer quieter, more sophisticated brunches over the rowdier, party brunches.
The Bitches Say: B+. Everything we ate was exceptional, and the unique cocktail options added a fun element to our meal. This isn’t your average hotel brunch and is definitely worth checking out.
400 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Measure Lounge serves brunch on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.