The Cellar at Beecher's Handmade Cheese
New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, in the Flatiron District, is an artisanal cheese maker with a difference. How many fromageries house bars in their basements? Not many, we’d wager. The Cellar at Beecher’s is an atmospheric space, still a working cheese cellar, but now with a cosy lounge attached. Cow hide banquettes and bare brick walls make for an attractive room in which to sample some fine cheeses. Team your custom cheese plate with a well-matched glass of wine or a cocktail: the friendly staff are always happy to advise on your choices, and these people really know and love their cheese. The drinks list includes a decent selection of wines, gin, whiskies, bourbons and ryes. The cocktail menu makes playful reference to the building’s scandalous history, with cocktails named for the participants in the ‘trial of the century’, Evelyn Nesbit and her unfortunate paramour Stanford White as well as a host of questionable characters the menu makes for an entertaining read in its own right. Party girl Nesbit is appropriately honoured by an aromatic gin and champagne concoction, while White is represented by a punchy mix of rye and fig bitters. The food menu is unsurprisingly cheese heavy why else would you be here? But there are also charcuterie plates and a selection of meat and vegetable dishes on offer (the ‘kicked up’ mac and cheese would be our pick), with sharing options available. The place is only open evenings and there’s a happy hour 5-7 nightly offering five dollar cocktails and seven dollar food, making it the perfect joint for a quick bite after work.