Class by the glass, in a steamy Big Apple
ON THE GRAPEVINE
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.