Earl’s Beer & Cheese
Photo Credit: Gloria Dawson
1259 Park Ave.New York, NY 10029
Earl’s probably holds the record for smallest restaurant ever reviewed by The Infatuation. It’s literally the size of a college dorm room and actually has a similar vibe. Remember how much fun boozing in the dorms used to be? I miss listening to Feeder and sitting on the floor playing caps. Damn were we good at that game freshman year.
We weren’t surprised to find that Earl’s is right in our wheelhouse. If an establishment serves a grilled cheese with pork belly, kimchi, and fried egg, there’s a pretty good chance that we’re going to like it. And like it, we do. Earl’s menu of pig and cheese heavy snacks pairs perfectly with the small but righteous selection of draft beers that they have on tap. Head up north sometime to check it out, and also visit Earl’s sister restaurant around the corner, ABV. That’s a very Infatuation friendly one-two punch.
A spreadable, cheddar based cheese that’s made with house lager and served with fresh garlic and toasted bread. So good.
Spicy Tomato Soup
If it’s chilly out, you can’t really beat the combo of a beer and spicy, gingery tomato soup. We loved this.
Don’t even bother with the knife and fork, the only way to eat this massive “taco” filled with pulled pork, cheese, radish, and other goodness is to take a bite and pass it on to the friend sitting next you. Bite, bite, pass homies.
There are three different kinds of grilled cheese here, but the one you absolutely must order comes with pork belly, kimchi, potato chips, and a fried egg on toasted sourdough. The more traditional one with mozzarella, miso mayo, potato chips, and pickles on an english muffin is incredible as well.
Mac & Cheese
Honestly, we weren’t too thrilled with the mac & cheese. It’s good and definitely worth ordering, but we dreamed bigger. It should be listed as rigatoni with cheese sauce and chicken instead, because that’s essentially what it is.
Corned Beef Melt
If the corned beef sandwich is on the menu, make sure you order it. It’s a glorious combo of slow cooked meat, melted swiss, and sautéed onions with grain mustard on buttery toast. You want it.
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