When it gets this hot in the city most of us Madison Avenue girls skip town for the beach. If you happen to have "social obligations" tying you down to the city you might want to consider finding ways to cool off.
My personal favorite is Sant Ambroeus. The attitude can run a little thick at this Northern Italian patisserie/bar/restaurant/gelottoria. However, their exquisite, handcrafted gelato and sorbet are the real thing - an authentic Italian treat. The quality is akin to my favorite gelato in Arezzo, Italy.
I always go for the fruit flavors on a hot day. My first choice is always cantaloupe, but they tend to run out of it early in the day. Second best is a scoop of peach topped on a scoop of mango. It's sure to bring down your body temperature down at least 10 degrees.
1000 Madison Avenue, between 77th and 78th streets