Yesterday evening, I was April’s +1 to an indulgent dinner at Brasserie Beaumarchais in the Meatpacking District. I’ve been itching to check this place out – Pierre and all his European friends love to come here (they still refer to the restaurant by its’ former name, Bagatelle). Cocktails, foie gras, and perfectly seared scallops to devour. For dessert we shared sugar-dusted apple beignets with deeps bowls of crème fraiche and this cheese plate. How could you not fall for a cheese plate right? We compose our own at home, but I enjoy seeing how different restaurants choose to create and present cheese plates.
At Otto it comes with cherries, truffled-honey, soft apricots….
…and at ‘ino it comes with olives at the center of the plate. We had a beautiful cheese presentation at Corton for Pierre’s birthday last year and the sheep’s milk cheese tasting (pictured above) at Eleven Madison Park is stunning to say the least.
As far as dinner parties go, the prettiest cheese plate I’ve had was at Michael’s apartment. Honeycomb, local plums and a microgreen salad with Selles-sur-Cher goat cheese. Though slightly messy to eat, honeycomb does wonders for presentation.
At ABC Kitchen they do a combo – a local cured meats and cheese dish. Pickled carrots and honeycomb cube included. Gramercy Tavern (pictured above) keeps it simple with honey and almonds and trio of different breads. The first time I had their cheese plate was in 2008 with Don. Come to think of it, that was my very first cheese plate in NYC! Any other favorites around the city? I’m curious to try ones at The Dutch and Gotham Bar & Grill among many others. Shall report back, cholesterol be dammed.