In this city, restaurants come and go faster than you can say "sustainable locavore burger." And even though there are great new additions to the culinary landscape popping up every week, you've gotta give kudos to anyone who can stick it out for over a year. With that in mind, we bring you Still Got It, our tribute to establishments that continue to serve mouthwatering meals and drinks long after the buzz has faded—or if the lingering hype is still justified.
Cheese is a food that makes the world go round, whether you're savoring tasty brie on the subway or substituting Kraft singles for oral sex. One of our favorite cheese shops in the city, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, does a stellar job of selling its own cheese, charcuterie and deli sandwiches to the dairy-starved masses. But what makes Beecher's stand out from its competitors is The Cellar, the shop's subterranean restaurant and bar.
The Cellar is not for the lactose-averse—even the decor celebrates all things cheese, complete with illustrations of goats, sheep and cows on the walls. The eatery also doubles as Beecher's' cheese cellar, and you can check out wheels of cheeses aging behind one of the restaurant's glass walls. The menu is cheese heavy, of course—phenomenal cheese plates run $15 to $26, with offerings from their own repertoire paired with additions like nuts, cherries and chocolate, in addition to special cheesemonger plates. You can also mix-and-match your own choice of cheeses ($6 each) with charcuterie (also $6).
One of the biggest highlights here is Beecher's mac-and-cheese, which chefs here cook up in a number of varieties. You can't go wrong with the decadent $15 basic, which nearly owns up to its "world's best" boast; the $17 iteration with kale and spicy peppers is also very good if you prefer your mac and cheese with a little kick, and the $18 pork belly mac and cheese with pickled fennel stem is also worth a try. The menu offers a number of salads, soups, flatbreads, appetizers and meat dishes, too—try the plump $19 meatballs, which come in veal, pork, beef and cheese curd.
The Cellar also boasts a wine bar, and though full price wines can be expensive, they've got a $6 happy hour wine deal (house Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon) from 3 to 7 p.m. daily, with basic mac-and-cheese and a cheesemonger's plate running just $8. And their cocktail menu includes creative, if a tad sweet, drinks like the rye-heavy Stanford White ($13) and a playful, gin-based The Big Stick ($13). Bring extra Lactaid pills and have yourself a ball.
The Cellar at Beecher's Handmade Cheese is located at 900 Broadway at 20th Street in Flatiron (212-466-3340, beechershandmadecheese.com).