6 at 23rd St.
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A level below the cheese shop and café above, this subterranean restaurant and bar offers a dim hideout for cheese-focused food (and even drinks). Perch at a cowhide-upholstered banquette or leather armchair–the whole place has a distressed, repurposed look, enhanced by views of aging cheese wheels. As you settle in, super-friendly servers (the company and much of its staff originates in Seattle) appear offering a taste of the wine of the day. Should you opt for something else, know that all vinos are domestic, as is the selection of Beecher's and other cheeses. When ordered to taste, each variety of curd comes paired with an accompaniment like Marcona almonds or Thai chile. There's also a crusty, sharp, creamy macaroni and cheese.Recommended Dishes
"World's Best" mac & cheese, $14; Beecher's Flagship 4-year cheese, $6