NYC: Cheese Plates Around Town

Yesterday evening, I was April’s +1 to an indulgent dinner at Brasserie Beaumarchais in the Meatpacking District. I’ve been itching to check this place out – Pierre and all his European friends love to come here (they still refer to the restaurant by its’ former name, Bagatelle). Cocktails, foie gras, and perfectly seared scallops to devour. For dessert we shared sugar-dusted apple beignets with deeps bowls of crème fraiche and this cheese plate. How could you not fall for a cheese plate right? We compose our own at home, but I enjoy seeing how different restaurants choose to create and present cheese plates.

At Otto it comes with cherries, truffled-honey, soft apricots….

Bouley doesn’t serve the cheese with any accompaniments but those paper thin cheese curls literally melt in the mouth. Simple perfection.

A June visit to Tocqueville brought pecorino with rhubarb and tiny strawberries…

…and at ‘ino it comes with olives at the center of the plate. We had a beautiful cheese presentation at Corton for Pierre’s birthday last year and the sheep’s milk cheese tasting (pictured above) at Eleven Madison Park is stunning to say the least.

As far as dinner parties go, the prettiest cheese plate I’ve had was at Michael’s apartment. Honeycomb, local plums and a microgreen salad with Selles-sur-Cher goat cheese. Though slightly messy to eat, honeycomb does wonders for presentation.

At ABC Kitchen they do a combo – a local cured meats and cheese dish. Pickled carrots and honeycomb cube included. Gramercy Tavern (pictured above) keeps it simple with honey and almonds and trio of different breads. The first time I had their cheese plate was in 2008 with Don. Come to think of it, that was my very first cheese plate in NYC! Any other favorites around the city? I’m curious to try ones at The Dutch and Gotham Bar & Grill among many others. Shall report back, cholesterol be dammed.

  • Fritos and Foie Gras
    September 29, 2011

    I am dying to try the Dutch, too! Nothing like a fabulous cheese plate!

  • Katie
    September 29, 2011

    Hey Kathy, if you like blue cheese, try Humboldt Fog (Whole Foods should have it). OMG it is the runniest, most delicious cheese I have ever had! The best cheese plates I have had were in the Netherlands – they come with this thick, syrupy glop called appelstroop, which means apple syrup. Pretty strong stuff by itself, very sweet but perfect with a pungent cheese. Don't know if its available in the States, but if you could find it anywhere I imagine NYC would be the place!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 29, 2011

    Hi Sarah! Agreed!! Love the desserts and entrees at The Dutch, next up are the cheeses for sure :)Hi Katie! Oh man, I LOVE Humboldt Fog but haven't had it in ages. Thanks for reminding me…I'm totally going to get some this weekend. I've tried appelstroop at a restaurant here, but don't think I've seen it in stores…will check around. Thanks for the suggestions! ^_^

Leave a Reply to Kathy YL Chan Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *