Friday Night Wine

Melissa Villarin,

It’s Friday night in Midtown. You’re looking for a good glass of wine and maybe a little bit of food. Where do you go?

58 Degrees on 18th street.

I had never been before, so when a friend recently recommended it to me, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

I arrived around seven o’clock on a Friday night and the place was already filling up. We sat near the bar, which has a great contemporary look and laid back feel.

The wine list was fairly long, but not to the point where I felt overwhelmed with choices. Unfortunately, I did what I always do, and went straight for the whites. I can’t help it, I love a glass of cold, sweet white wine. I’m not against red wine, by any means, I just haven’t tried enough of them to know exactly what I like.

I decided to go with a glass of Riesling, my absolute favorite type of white wine. The one I chose was new to the menu, and turned out to be fantastic. It was light, crisp, fruity and more on the sweet side, than dry side. It also had an excellent aftertaste making it one of the best glasses I’ve had in awhile.

After enjoying a few more sips, it was time to check out the menu. I was expecting to see a few small plates, but this list wasn’t limited to just appetizers, there were also a number of salads and sandwiches.

We decided to go with the bruschetta because it sounded so interesting, we couldn’t pass it up. One piece was topped with Fuji apples, applewood smoked bacon, bleu cheese and spiced honey. Another had smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, garlic and basil on top. Both were fabulous and full of flavor.

Overall, the prices seemed reasonable. Glasses of wine came in two sizes, three ounces ranged from $3.50 to $7.50 and six ounces were between $6.50 and $15. If you wanted a little more, bottles were available for most wines. The bruschetta plate was about $9, but other sides, like cheese plates started around $4 or $5.

My first trip to 58 Degrees is now in the books and I’m already planning the next one. I can’t wait try more of the menu and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get a little adventurous a order a glass of red wine.

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