From charming dives to upscale lounges, New York City’s vibrant bar scene offers something for everyone. It comes as no surprise then that the city’s nouveau crop of wine bars is turning the classic wine and cheese pairing on its head, introducing exciting twists and flavors at every turn. Proving there’s more than meets the eye to this sophisticated snack, here are 10 wine and cheese spots that make it fun to be fancy.
Marrying authenticity and originality, Amelie Wine Bar boasts a friendly French-speaking staff, wine-infused dishes, and an array of creative cheese plates. With a menu featuring wine-soaked escargot, pistachio-crusted goat cheese, and bacon-wrapped blue cheese dates, this self-described ‘modern wine lounge’ delivers a playful take on the standard wine and cheese pairing. Also considering more traditional tastes, Amelie offers classic cheese boards and exciting wine options from South Africa, Chile, and, of course, France.
At Murray’s Cheese Bar, the restaurant’s namesake ingredient steals the show, appearing in everything from classic wine-infused fondue to more playful plates such as buffalo cheese curds and pulled pork pimento mac and cheese. Diners can’t go wrong with Murray’s traditional cheese boards, featuring locally-sourced products and designed with wine, beer, and champagne pairings in mind. Be sure to save room for dessert, though, the menu’s curated selection of sweet wines and the popular cheese ice cream will make you glad you did.