Earl's Beer & Cheese

American Restaurant and Bar$$$$
East Harlem, New York
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  • sonia
    "For brunch try the calabro mozzarella or the huevos rancheros!"(5 Tips)
    Mikey B.
    "eggo waffle foie gras deliciousness!!!"(3 Tips)
    Elsie W.
    "Get the pork belly, pulled pork taco, and beer."(12 Tips)
    Maryam A.
    "The mozz grilled cheese goes great with the spicy tomato soup"(11 Tips)
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 16, 2015
    Sure, there's almost always a wait, but you'll forget all of that with a single bite into their luscious Mac & Cheese. They use goat cheese which imparts a touch of tang and a super creamy sauce. Read more
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 8, 2016
    Everything on the menu is great and it's One page. It's always rotating draft. Funky new ones. The Beer cheese is a must. Fair prices and good bartender. Just added a back part for more patrons.
  • Joy C.
    Joy ChenNovember 21, 2014
    Creative Asian fusion choices here, such as the scallion pancake taco w/ pulled pork (Earl's Taco) - yum! Beer cheese comes w/ a generous portion of perfectly crisp-on-outside-soft-on-inside toasts.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkOctober 5, 2011
    Try the Earl’s Eggo waffle, drizzled with maple syrup and stacked with aged Cabot cheddar, coffee-cured bacon and rich slabs of grilled foie gras. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistFebruary 6, 2014
    Add a twist to your mac and cheese with noodles, goat cheese, a healthy dose of rosemary, and shredded chicken. Read more
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickDecember 17, 2015
    These are my two favorite foods- beer, cheese. Everything I've eaten here is perfect but small portions. Awkwardly narrow passage next to the bar to get to the back. Very cozy and casual.
  • sonia
    soniaJanuary 31, 2016
    Order at the bar and then sit anywhere and they will bring the food to you. For brunch try the calabro mozzarella or the huevos rancheros!
  • Robert W.
    Robert WApril 29, 2015
    I recommend the New York cheddar and pork belly sandwich. Also haves a beer because of the many choices n some are local .
  • Tracy
    TracyMay 7, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    SO happy this place has moved into the hood. Great people, very cute hipster-like decor, staff is super friendly, good prices, nice pub cheese, box of wine on tap & they have TAB by the can. Love it!
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyAugust 31, 2014
    The Calabro mozzarella with miso mayo and potato chips; the Cheddar with pork belly, kimchee, and a fried egg; and especially the pork-shoulder scallion-pancake “taco.”
  • Carl A.
    Carl AnhaltMarch 27, 2014
    Everything really is great. The NY cheddar, the gorgonzola with fig jam, the spicy tomato soup. All amazing.
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandySeptember 14, 2014
    Such a good find in an otherwise desolate area. Awesome blue cheese grilled cheese, buffalo chicken and great tunes!
  • Adele B.
    Adele BlancoMarch 5, 2015
    Tomato soup, grilled cheese, Mac and cheese, bread pudding. Oh and great beer. Really can't go wrong here.
  • Mrs Maria O.
    Mrs Maria ORTIZJanuary 21, 2013
    It was very enjoyed about all of the drink food every time I go to Manhattan NY we go there been there more than 10 th times I'm from NY
  • Duke P.
    Duke PerkinsAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a perfect place to hit with friends and enjoy some good ass beer. The food rocks and it's not expensive at all.
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioFebruary 17, 2012
    Earl's eggo waffle foie gras deliciousness!!! Also the beer cheese is superb, if you want dessert order the bread pudding beforehand bc it takes 20 mins to be prepped! Enjoy
  • Bruno B.
    Very good local bar. The sandwiches are very good. Music playing is good too and the options of beer also.
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorJune 4, 2013
    Mount Sinai medical residents take advantage of this middle of the avenue beer hall. 12 people make it "crowded", which it always is. Young crowd with young money to spend. excellent selections.
  • Josh T.
    Josh TartMarch 3, 2013
    Awesome little dive with an awesome beer selection. Try the Brie and Blackberry jam grilled cheese. It is amazing.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesNovember 29, 2011
    Recommended dishes: Beer cheese; grilled mozzarella sandwich; grilled cheddar sandwich; Asian gnocchi and beef. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mApril 24, 2014
    Beer cheese and tomato soup are musts. If you are still hungry split a grilled cheddar with a pal.
  • Narendra Singh P.
    Narendra Singh PlahaSeptember 26, 2016
    Craft beer(6 draft 9 cans) at its finest. Wine on tap. Cheese of all sorts salad y bread pudding. Board games free wifi y nice y cozy
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    Order this: NY State Cheddar grilled cheese, Eggo waffle with foie gras, Earl's scallion pancake taco, beer cheese Read more
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LevensonOctober 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good food + great beer + awesome vibe + janga = killer. Can get crowded on weekends.
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MatthiesenFebruary 8, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer cheese is SO good. If you're sharing with others, get the large - only $2 more
  • Eat to Blog
    Eat to BlogJanuary 14, 2012
    This tiny bar serves some of the tastiest cheese-based food in town. Try the calabro mozzarella sandwich, topped with mayo and pickles and served on an english muffin.
  • Phil M.
    Phil MavesOctober 6, 2012
    Get the NY State Cheddar: a grilled cheese sandwich w/ pork belly, kimchi, and fried egg. Inspired collision of American sandwich staple and Korean goodness.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    The comfort-food savant behind untouchable snacks like the NY State Cheddar, a grilled cheese featuring braised pork belly, a fried egg, and house-made kimchi. Read more
  • Edward M.
    Great beers and heart warming chicken pot pie. If you're in the upper East Side/beginning of Harlem it's a must visit.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezJune 9, 2015
    Torpedo sandwich spicy and amazing. Lager very crisp. Mac and cheese was AMAZING. Love this little place.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealNovember 1, 2011
    It's the N.Y. state Cheddar grilled cheese that’s really worth coming back for. Toasted sourdough bread, grated Cheddar, kimchi, a fried egg, and pork belly. Read more
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PeisselOctober 14, 2015
    Came and went without eating cheese..was sold on the pulled pork taco with a scallion pancake shell. Highly satisfied with my decision.
  • Carolyn T.
    Carolyn TrawinskiJuly 18, 2012
    Come hither. They stop serving the waffle at 10pm. The taco is delicious and best split with someone (unless you're Adam Richman).
  • Antoine M.
    Antoine MJuly 2, 2016
    Great place, food and staff. Before 12...no one was here, amd we had great craft beer and grilled cheese and taco!
  • Allison P.
    Allison ParkerAugust 25, 2012
    Get the mozzarella grilled cheese with chips, pickles, and miso mayo. Delicious and unexpected combo. Beer cheese is awesome too.
  • Marissa M.
    Marissa MiracoloOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is UNREAL. Amazing beer. Amazing beer cheese. Best grilled cheese in NYC. Hands down. Come here now.
  • Yoanna C.
    Yoanna CapellupoAugust 23, 2014
    Nice place and people. If you are vegetarian like me try the Kale salad, the sesame vinaigrette was good! ;)
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinMay 19, 2015
    I wouldn't call them grilled cheese but they are delicious sandwiches with cheese on them. Picnic table seating in the back.
  • Erin E.
    Erin EisenbergOctober 4, 2013
    Foieco - taco with Foie Gras, French fries, American Cheese and caramelized onions. Genius and delicious.
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannDecember 4, 2016
    The delicious kale salad isn't embarrassing to order especially if you eat all of your table's beer cheese
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Expertly paired craft beer and cheese plates add up a perfectly low-key date or happy hour night destination.
  • Katie S.
    Katie ShellyDecember 13, 2013
    Tomato soup is amazing. Bread is delicious. Server Joe was remarkably friendly and warm. Loved it.
  • Bill G.
    Bill GibsonOctober 22, 2012
    Tomato soup, mac & cheese and - of course - the beer cheese with grilled garlic bread were all great!
  • Alfredo P.
    Alfredo Pujol-RealtorJanuary 21, 2015
    The bread is really good ! The place is tiny but it's a cool spot to stop have a beer and relax.
  • Gary St C.
    Gary St ClareJanuary 24
    I came here for breakfast and dinner. Very standard service with them asking for your orders and drinks and then if you need anything else you'll have to call them over.
  • Tyler E.
    Tyler EasterApril 10, 2011
    strange locale for this quintessentially williamsburgesque beer and cheese place. good beers on tap seasonally. wide selection of grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 7, 2011
    So there’s only 4 beers on tap, but don't worry - they curate the list so well that you'll still have trouble choosing.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HunterSeptember 29, 2012
    Good chill vibe, decently priced beers, and good food. Very small, but if there's a spot, take it!
  • Greg L.
    Greg LevittApril 23
    All three dishes we ordered were great: chicken pot pie, huevos rancheros, and earl salad (with pork belly!)
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesNovember 16, 2015
    The food was really spot on and all around good place to hang out and drink some beers
  • Jay S.
    Jay SekulowDecember 19, 2016
    The grilled cheese sandwiches at this place are to die for. The atmosphere here is great as well!
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    Good for: Craft beer and wacky bar snacks in the no-man's-land between Spanish Harlem and the UES Read more
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChungJanuary 10, 2016
    Tacos were my fave. Great spot to hang, play jenga, kick back, chat. Chocolate stout was goood
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LaneJune 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    New York State Cheddar sandwich is the move here. Pork belly, kimchi, fried egg and sharp cheddar.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiMay 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled cheese sandwich with pork belly, fried egg, cheddar, and kimchi. Need I say more?
  • Maya S.
    Maya ShanmugamNovember 28, 2015
    Earl's taco is the epitome of some of my fave foods in one. Bonus points for their awesome hours!
  • Lillian R.
    Cuban reuben and taco is AMAZING. Super chill place. Played Guess Who while enjoying my reuben lol
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Garrett
    GarrettJune 18, 2013
    Try the Gorganzola Grilled Cheese, Fig Preserve And Potato Crunch On Brioche - #sweet & #delish
  • Louise H.
    Louise HohorstMarch 21, 2012
    I've tried all the grilled cheeses but the calabro mozzarella is by far my favorite.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 11
    the hawaiian plate is fantastic, as is the scallion pancake "taco"
  • Brian G.
    Brian GioiaOctober 2, 2014
    Hanging out at the window ledge here is the best way to consume beer and cheese in New York
  • Greg S.
    Greg ServisJanuary 7, 2015
    Can get a bit crowded but food and beer list are both excellent.
  • Jacki G.
    Jacki Garfinkel SousaMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bread pudding is AMAZING. Get it.
  • Cal V.
    Cal VinDecember 29, 2012
    NY cheddar grilled cheese with pork belly, egg, and kimchi is shamazing!
  • Erica G.
    Erica GlynnDecember 10, 2014
    The portions are huge! So be sure to share. Don't miss out on the taco!
  • Jess F.
    Jess FMay 29, 2015
    The kale salad with eggs is great with a beer!
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsMarch 3
    Cozy place, good beer, tasty cheese and bread snacks.
  • Jacqui
    JacquiDecember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mozzarella grilled cheese is to die for. I dream about it every day.
  • Maryam A.
    Maryam AlyNovember 9, 2014
    The mozz grilled cheese goes great with the spicy tomato soup
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEOctober 10, 2015
    Small space (when the back is closed) & very overrated. While the beer cheese has a spicy kick, everything lacks flavor. Not a diverse crowd either unless you're a Mt.Sinai doctor.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniAugust 11, 2015
    Get the beer cheese! The tomato soup is really nice as well
  • Earl D.
    Earl DelaneySeptember 7, 2013
    Have the Calabro Mozzarella.. you won't regret it! :)
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GJune 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They now take credit cards and they are available on seamless yay!!
  • Sean L.
    Sean LlewellynMarch 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat all the beer cheese! It is a must.
  • Cassandra L.
    Cassandra LeveyApril 13, 2013
    Doesn't have a sign out front and is cash only but is yummy!!!
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CuiOctober 19, 2013
    Mind blowingly good. NYS Cheddar is amazing
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LawrenceSeptember 10, 2014
    Beer and cheese .... Sort of a given !!
  • Dev A.
    Dev AnandFebruary 28, 2012
    Absolutely filthy.. its great. That blueberry grilled cheese joint? do that. and head over to ABV after (around the corner, ask them).
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThompsonJune 8, 2013
    Amazing. Always. Food, drink & service. Like nowhere else
  • Nicholas F.
    Nicholas FullerJune 18, 2013
    Try the Ny State Cheddar Grilled Cheese - Seriously amazing
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottJune 8, 2016
    Beer cheese and Cuban Reuben. Do it.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinNovember 3, 2014
    Small place, get the NY State Cheddar so worth it
  • Davide T.
    Davide TampelliniNovember 14, 2013
    Greatest place in the world! The tortilla was amazing!
  • Elsie W.
    Elsie WMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the pork belly, pulled pork taco, and beer.
  • Melissa G.
    Melissa GellertJanuary 30, 2011
    Cool new place in the neighborhood, although it's a bit on the small side.
  • Monica C.
    Monica CullenDecember 28, 2015
    Beer, cheese and a James Taylor playlist??? Sign me up!
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GeigerJune 8, 2015
    Torpedo sandwich is awesome. Nice atmosphere.
  • Zichen W.
    Zichen WangDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Try their taco, beer cheese and bread pudding.
  • Sara W.
    Sara WolcottApril 14
    Tomato soup and beer cheese and root beer floats- amazing!
  • Claire M.
    Claire MFebruary 1, 2012
    Try the Cheddar And Pork Belly Grilled Cheese
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha ShinkazhJuly 29, 2011
    Love the mac&cheese! Awesome place in East Harlem.
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FrancesJuly 27, 2015
    Tucked away place but don't forgot to look for more seating in the back
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonAugust 18, 2016
    Beer, cheese, beer, cheese. What could go wrong?
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MJanuary 21
    Really chill, beer cheese dip is A+.
  • Christina T.
    Christina TroitinoJuly 12, 2013
    Just eat all of the things
  • Krista M.
    Krista MilanoMarch 10, 2012
    Waffle topped with Cabot cheese and foie gras is UNREAL
  • Kira R.
    Kira RochaFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm the big fan of this place. Kimchi grilled cheese sandwich and beer bread
  • William F.
    William FraindDecember 11, 2013
    Get Earl's Taco NOW! Do you hear me? Get one in your belly. That is all
  • Trevor S.
    Trevor SafraniJune 22, 2012
    Get Earl's Eggo with Foie Gras, you'll be happy you did.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer cheese, taco, bread pudding...YUM!!!
  • Joao Ricardo C.
    Aqui não tem erro. Porções saborosas e servidaaas. Ah e cervejas de qualidade. Lugar simples que vale a pena.
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