Like people, cheeses vary greatly from country to country and are rendered harmless when their internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Take a tour of cultured curds with today's Groupon to Little Cheese Pub on West 23rd Street in Chelsea. Choose between the following options:
- $15 for $30 worth of gourmet cheese dishes and light snacks
- $10 for $20 worth of brunch and a complimentary mimosa
After mastering the fine art of cheese making throughout the world, well-known chef Daniel Angerer has landed in Chelsea, where he tempts taste buds with more than 50 types of cartoon-mouse sustenance in a rustic Austrian-farmhouse setting. The menu's pricing structure makes it easy to pick and choose from the pub's sundry snacks and cheeses, so start by soaking spiced crackers in a port-wine-and-blue-cheese dip topped with melon and clover honey—then chase it with a bowl of maple-caramelized cayenne pecans (together, the two dishes cost $9). The pub's cheesommeliers are constantly flitting between the long, wooden pub tables lined with stools, and they'll help you determine whether a plate of nutty Meadow Creek grayson, buttery scharfe maxx, and piquant gorgonzola cremeificato ($13) pairs better with a pint of Ithaca nut brown ($6.50) or a velvety glass of Churchill's Finest Reserve port ($9/glass). Lovey-doveys and staring contest champions who refuse to back down can keep their gazes locked in a perpetual embrace over fondue for two ($23), which comes in either an Alpine blend of emmentaler, gruyere, parmesan, and riesling, or as a savory storm of Dutch gouda, Vermont cheddar, and lager beer. Otherwise, expand your comfort-food horizons by tongue-surfing six international variations of mac 'n' cheese, from the French Man Mac's morbier-melted mélange of duck meat balls and balsamic onions ($13) to the Barnyard Mac's New Jersey-based Lioni Latticini mozzarella finished with a preserved truffle and cracker topping ($13).
Customers who wish to avoid breakfast's earliness and lunch's awkward run-ins with ex-presidents can find a happy medium during brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Stumble in half asleep for a prix-fixe repast of huevos rancheros on a bed of tortilla chips and a cup of microroasted Brooklyn Stone Street coffee ($12.95). Sweet and savory ambassadors will find common ground amid a menu that encompasses cowboy eggs—scrambled eggs mixed with gouda and pig sausage on a poppyseed bun ($9.50)—as well as oat-crusted tres leches french toast with vanilla-cinnamon-pear compote ($10.50). A complimentary mimosa creates a nice, bubbly foreground as you watch the day unfold.