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NYC’s 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars

January 26, 2012 1:30 PM

Wine & Cheese
Milk and cookies, coffee and doughnuts, beer and pretzels–some things just seem to be made for each other. Here are the best bars in NYC to pair wine and cheese, the perfect combination for just about any social encounter. By Selena Ricks-Good.
casellula NYCs 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars


Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe

401 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY
(212) 247-8137

More of a cheese bar with wine than a wine bar with cheese, this casual Hell’s Kitchen restaurant offers more than 40 types of cheese, ranging from mild to mega-stinky, to pair with their eclectic wine list. And if nibbles of cheese aren’t enough to satisfy your craving, try the sinful mac ‘n cheese featuring Fol Epi, Comte, chevre, lardons, and caramelized onions.

inoteca NYCs 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars



98 Rivington St.
New York, NY
(212) 614-0473

If you’re looking for a casual spot on the Lower East Side to sip some wine and watch the crowds go by, ‘inoteca has you covered. Everything is a la carte and reasonably-priced, including the formaggi menu, which includes artisanal Italian cheeses available in various-sized platters perfect for starting or ending your meal.

Pata Negra

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345 E. 12th St.
New York, NY
(212) 228-1696

Best known for serving gourmet cured meat, jamón ibérico, this tiny Spanish tapas restaurant also offers a selection of imported cheeses such as manchego and la serena. The friendly staff can help guide you through the menu of Spanish wines and sherries as you escape the East Village bustle in this intimate, brick space.

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Vino Vino

211 West Broadway
New York, NY
(212) 925-8510

This sleek Tribeca wine bar with an adjacent wine shop offers a selection of international cheeses, from French camembert to Swiss tete de moine. There’s also a selection of small cheese plates paired with delectable bites such as dried mission figs or golden raisins infused in dark rum. Plus, if you like what you’re drinking, you can purchase the bottle next door.

the jakewalk NYCs 5 Best Wine And Cheese Bars

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The Jakewalk

282 Smith St.
Brooklyn, NY
(347) 599-0294

This Brooklyn restaurant and cocktail bar is also known for wine and cheese, thanks to its shared ownership with nearby Smith & Vine wine store and Stinky Brooklyn cheese shop. Choose from more than 30 cheeses a la carte to pair with more than 25 wines by the glass, or for a truly stinky Brooklyn experience, opt for the fondue for two made with cheddar and cave-aged Swiss.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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