Certain kinds of dining necessitate the invention of new utensils: Asian cooking begat chopsticks, clam chowder brought about the crazy straw, and now there are forks long enough to keep scalding cheese away from hands. Skinny dip with today's Groupon: for $8 you get cheese fondue for up to four people or a charcuterie board at The JakeWalk on Smith Street, in Brooklyn (a $16 value).
The JakeWalk is a welcoming retreat that pays homage to old-fashioned speakeasies with an impressive menu of libations to complement gourmet American fare. You and a group of up to three friendly strangers can enjoy cheese fondue paired with delectable dippables. Guests will receive a miniaturized cauldron filled with a blended potion of sublimely melted cheddar (aged 5 years) and cave-aged swiss cheese. Enjoy these treats with a variety of stickable savories including apples, salami, and bread. Those not feeling fondue can opt for the charcuterie board, a daily selection of artisan cured meats. Although not covered in this deal, The JakeWalk also offers a menu of other fine meats and cheeses, as well as an extensive list of domestic and foreign wines, premium aged scotches, and other luxurious spirits and specialty cocktails.
Taking its name from an unfortunate condition brought about during Prohibition, The JakeWalk is a bar that celebrates the constitutional right to laugh at friends and drink booze. The ambient glow of candlelight and soft light shimmering from vintage chandeliers creates a warm atmosphere to enjoy inebriants and good company. The helpful, knowledgeable staff is more than happy to answer questions regarding the menu or meal pairings.
"I feel a little like a detective," reveals Luke Johnson, overseer of the cheese cave at Stinky Bklyn, to the New York Times. He continues, "I…try to steer people toward something new. If they say they don't like goat, I really push the goat because people don't realize there are so many varieties." And push they do. Staff members pass indulgent segments of their carefully aged cheeses, offering approachable wisdom to novices and a wide-ranging selection for aficionados. The charming Smith Street institution has opened a new location between Baltic and Butler, with fridges and pantries stocked with international morsels such as chocolates, oils, vinegars, and beer, as well as an impressive ham bar.
Visitors can request a peak at the temperature- and humidity-controlled cheese cave, where Luke and staff nurture each wheel through distinct aging processes. Cheeses dwell within the cavern for anywhere from a few days to a few years, undergoing washing, soaking in beer or brine, and the opportunity to view culturally enriching cave paintings. Owners Patrick Watson, Michele Pravda, and Chris Remy also added a green garden and patio behind the shop, providing an ideal place for tastings or a peaceful spot for enjoying one of the shop's artisan sandwiches.
282 Smith St.
Brooklyn, New York 11231Get Directions