Class by the glass, in a steamy Big Ap­ple

ON THE GRAPEVINE

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Front Page -

I WAS in a hot and sticky New York last week where the evening tem­per­a­ture, was 30 de­grees. That meant the choice for eat­ing was to get an out­side ta­ble and make the most of what­ever breeze the yel­low cabs made as they rushed by, or sit and freeze in an over-en­thu­si­as­ti­cally air-con­di­tioned res­tau­rant.

We chose the out­side ta­bles ev­ery time but sev­eral emer­gency beers were needed as an aper­i­tif and that was why I was de­lighted to see a full range of half-bot­tles and good wines by the glass at the Smith and Wol­len­sky Steak House on 49th East Street. A half bot­tle of Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2012 went down well with starters, leav­ing bud­get for a glass or two of Hess 19 Block Moun­tain Vine­yard from Mt Veeder.

In the UK wines by the glass are some­times a gam­ble, depend­ing on when the bot­tle was opened. Al­ways ask. If they are down to the last glass­ful, they might just open a fresh bot­tle for you.

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