What goes better together than cheese and wine? Here are our top picks for bars with great happy hour deals, delicious cheese plates, and lots of bubbly. By Carly Petrone/Selena Ricks-Good
22 W. 8th St.
New York, NY 10011
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Amelie Wine Bar is definitely the place to go on your next date. This cute and rustic wine bar is serving up quite an impressive wine list and an assortment of cheese plates. Guests can customize their own cheese and charcuterie plate that includes tasty cheese options like rich and buttery Camembert, creamy Humbolt Fog, and tangy Manchego. Meat eaters can nosh on decadent items like smoked duck breast, Pate de Campagne, and Chorizo Iberico. Stop in for happy hour or cheers to the weekend with a glass of bubbly from their extensive Champagne and sparkling wine menu. Brunch is also available on the weekends.
Vin Sur Vingt
New York, NY 10001
Stop into Vin Sur Vingt for a wine flight and cheese pairing. This French hot spot offers your choice of three wines for $18, five wines for $29, or three cheeses with three wines for $33. You can also opt for the assorted selection of French cheeses from the Les Fromages section, with prices varying by order. With more than 50 selections of wine available by the glass, you’ll certainly find one to pair perfectly with your food choice. If you’re looking for a rich Bordeaux or Burgundy, this is the place to go. Make sure to check out their other three locations in the West Village, Upper West Side, and inside the Plaza Hotel Food Hall.
The Ten Bells
247 Broome St.
New York, NY 10002
The Ten Bells is the answer to your happy hour prayers. From opening until 7 p.m., guests can enjoy $15 carafes of wine (red, wine, and rose) as well as $1 oysters. During regular hours, diners can indulge in a variety of cheeses, ranging from pasteurized Bonne Bouche and Weston Wheel, to raw Cayuga Blue and Kunik. Take advantage of some cheap wines by the glass, like their white chardonnay, rose, and Cotes Du Rhone for just $8 each. Of course, a glass of bubbly will also do at a reasonable $12-$13 range. The rustic atmosphere and wrap-around bar is also extremely inviting.
Black Mountain Wine House
415 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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It doesn’t get much cozier than Black Mountain Wine House in Gowanus. This adorable cabin-like wine bar offers more than 30 wines by the glass or bottle, along with a curated half bottle list. Stock up on a cheese plate that includes Two Sisters, Black River Blue, and Spanish Idiazabal. Even more cheesy options include the Black Mountain Mac n’ Cheese with wild mushrooms, gruyere, and truffle oil, or the Goat Cheese Tart with roasted beets, potato, and balsamico.
Earl’s Beer and Cheese
1259 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10029
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If you’re more of a beer drinker, then head uptown to Earl’s Beer and Cheese. Pair a glass of craft beer with a unique menu of cheese-inspired dishes, like mac & cheese, gorgonzola grilled cheese, and beer cheese! Sip on an ever-changing beer menu that’s filled with nitro porters, dark brews and distinct IPAs. Grab a seat at one of the communal tables and get to know your neighbors over a cold brew and some hot cheese.
Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe
401 W. 52nd St.
New York, NY
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More of a cheese bar with wine than a wine bar with cheese, this casual Hell’s Kitchen restaurant offers dozens of types of cheese, ranging from mild to mega-stinky, to pair with their eclectic wine list. Learn more here.
345 E. 12th St.
New York, NY
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. Learn more here.
282 Smith St.
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. Learn more here.
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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.
Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.