At this cozy Georgian inspired restaurant the specialty is a variety of cheeseboats – basically a flattish circular bread hollowed out and stuffed with a delicious mix of melted cheese, egg and butter. They are large so if going with a kid or two get one to share. Imeruli Khachapuri at $19.00 is the most common cheesebread served in Georgia. There are various options on the menu – add bacon or scallions or order one with spinach. All are super yummy!
When: Open Mon, Tues, Thurs from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Fri 13:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sat and Sun from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Head to the Lower East Side where Raclette with its rustic chic charm is serving up a traditional Swiss dish that has New Yorkers wanting more! Melted cheese from the hot cheese wheel is dramatically scraped onto your plate at the table, a topping perfectly warm and full of ooey gooey flavor. There are various options for the raclette – Savoyarde at $12.00 with roasted new potatoes, cornichons, and pickled white pearl onions, the Mediterranée at $17.00 with thyme–roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and baguette slices, the Parisienne at $29.00 with a 7 oz. pan-seared marinated skirt steak, sautéed mushrooms, roasted asparagus and potatoes as well as other options including filet mignon and prosciutto di Parma.
When: Open Monday to Thursday 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Friday 12:00 pm to 12:00 am, Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Imagine a handful of Monterey Jack Cheese laid out on the griddle, melted, then filled with adobada pork (crispy and soft), various garnishes, folded up and presented as a delicious taco. They usually do the corn or flour taco shell so make sure you ask for the cheese shell! It’s a stand up street style place with long lines proving just how popular these authentic tasting Mexican tacos are. The lines do move quickly though! And the prices are so reasonable it is worth it – and the taste – oh my!
When: Open Monday to Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Cost: Under $5 per item.
When you order the cheesy pasta here it certainly comes in a different format in a huge hollowed out cheese wheel that forms the bowl from which the pasta is served to you at your table. It certainly makes sense – imparting all that gorgeous cheesy flavor. The Garden area is reminiscent of a Tuscan walled garden with plants and flowers forming a great backdrop to dining. The space also has a lounge area and stage for live performances.
When: Open Monday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, and Sunday from 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
More of a market than a restaurant, this place serves the mozzarella in carrozza a type of fried cheese sandwich well known in Southern Italian cuisine. Prepared by frying mozzarella cheese within slices of bread, the richness of the cheese and added pork pairs well with a marina or pesto sauce – oozing flavor and all that yummy melted cheese – $16.99 per lb. – actual price will depend on weight.
When: Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:30 pm and on Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Cost: $ – $$
This is where you go to get cheese straight from the producer. Although it is in the city, it’s like going to those farms where they have glass windows so you can watch what is going on in the cheese production facility, get to choose your cheeses and sit down for a yummy plate of everything deliciously cheesy. They produce, pack and serve fresh cheese and have a sit down area with some yummy bites. Their “World’s Best Mac ‘n Cheese” has quite a reputation.
When: Open Sunday to Wednesday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Thursday Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 am.
It may be called the buns bar but on this particular burger there is no bun – instead the wrapping for the burger is formed from slices of fried mozzarella cheese that encase the patty and all its mouthwatering fillings. It is called the 21st Century Burger and costs $19, for the 10oz Buns patty, with creamy avocado right in there among the cheese!
When: Open Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 11:00 pm.
Want something special and a little different for an event? Looking like a wedding cake, a cheese tower, makes a different and special centerpiece for a special birthday, anniversary, or wedding. With people shunning sugar, this provides a perfect alternative, with a variety of cheeses stacked on each other and garnished with gorgeous accompaniments like figs, gooseberries, grapes, or apricots. But you don’t have to wait for a special occasion – drop in and pick up cheeses to suit any occasion – even for a night on the couch watching TV and snacking on melted cheese sandwiches. They have classes every day of the week that will help you become a curd nerd.
When: Open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.