Celebrated Seattle cheese-maker Beecher's operates this curd complex, featuring a restaurant, café, retail shop and 3,000-square-foot cheese-making facility. Watch as vats of local milk are converted into artisan curds from one of four windows surrounding the work space. You can find the resulting products, including a washed rind Flatiron cheese exclusive to New York, among the 100 selections in the ground-level shop. An adjacent daytime café serves the outfit's famous mac and cheese, grilled melts, soups and salads. Descend into the subterranean Cellar restaurant—decorated with exposed brick, raw-wood communal tables and a cowhide banquette—for more sophisticated shareable plates. The menu includes small dishes like roasted pork with tomatillo sauce and five haute mac-and-cheese variations.
|Venue name:||Beecher's Handmade Cheese||Contact:|
|Cross street:||at 20th St|
|Opening hours:||Café/store: Daily 8am–8pm. Restaurant: Daily 5–11pm.|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average small plate: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Beecher's Handmade Cheese is a great place to go for a happy hour or a break from roaming the city. I've never been to the restaurant on the ground floor, but you can walk downstairs to the basement level to the Cellar that is actually meant to simulate a cheese cave, whether on purpose, I don't know. It's dark but stylish, and there are wonderful happy hour options. Happy hour is daily form 3 to 7 pm, and though the menu isn't online, I think prices are $5 for the cocktail of the week (a cucumber-infused gin cocktail was what I had last time) and discounted cheese plates for $7 or so.