The food - really - at 28 Degrees
- jdubboston Jul 21, 2006 04:05 PM
My husband & I are are new to Boston (from NYC) and are food & wine 'nuts' - want quality for money spent, freshness & at least some innovation. Our friends are coming in from the 'burbs and want cocktails & an interesting place. They've chosen 28 Degrees.... Can anyone give me a call on whether my husband & I are going to be pleasantly surprised or horribly disappointed??
IMHO, the food is above average, sometimes very good! Apps are good but small and rather expensive. Try the pizzas, the calamari, and the mini-burgers. Nice Italian wines! The hamachi, when they have it is excellent! Between 5:00 and 7:00 Island Creek oysters are available for $1.00 each. Service is excellent, as, I'm told are the cocktails. Give it a try!
I think the basics there are pretty good-- salad and fries never dissapoint there!
Also, they often have really fun entertainment...check the schedule for the dance troupe that is sometimes there
I like the food here, even if it's South-End pricey, and small plates not everyone's favorite way to eat (I happen to enjoy dining that way). Lobster sliders, raw bar, and pizzas stand out in my mind. I suggest you avoid the lounge seating (the low tables) if you plan to eat. There are conventional-height dining tables, bar seating, and banquettes that provide a more comfortable plate-to-mouth distance. And they're chilling the cocktail glasses now; it made me crazy when they didn't, given how they chose to name the place, and the fact that I expect a $12-15 shaker drink to arrive as cold as they can possibly make it.
Had dinner with my wife on Washington St and went to check out 28 Degrees for dessert afterwards, not a good decision.
We arrived at 10 PM, a Saturday night, we were greeted by a doorman with a clipboard and 3 potential customers outside the front door. We were told that without reservations or a special card we would not be able to enter. We told him we were coming for dessert after a wonderful dinner in the neighborhood; he left us at the door, went inside for a few moments, returned and let us in.
Once inside we found the room to be far from "full" and were left to wander aimlessly as there was no host or hostess to greet us as one would expect if they had entered Avalon or any nightclub. We spoke to several servers and were given the impression that it was time to drink not eat. The bartender was not any help either. Unless you were Jared Leto, Lindsey Lohan or just aspired to be we realized a level of patience and obedience beyond what was reasonable was necessary to get a drink.
My wife and I hung our heads, exited in disappointment and went to Hamersley. We were graciously greeted, served after dinner drinks, dessert and coffee and thanked upon exit.
We now realize this is one of those "lets bring NY to the Boston restaurant scene" concepts. After living in Boston for almost 30 years and visiting NY many times for dinner and clubbing I would like to give the hounds my opinion about why club meets restaurant does not generally work here, it is because Boston lacks lemmings. NY has a population of 8 million people; add to that tourists and bridge and tunnel visitors and you have a consumer base that exceeds Boston’s by many millions.
I envy previous posters that were able to enjoy a meal at 28 Degrees, for us the visit was a complete waste of time.