I went out with some friends from work tonight. Among them were Kiri & Ms. Fox Hill who had joined me for a previous tasting in the park last week, as well as Fox Hill’s beau Kenne. They are fond of Nai, a Galician tapas restaurant down in the East Village. While much of their menu is not that veggie-friendly, they do offer a tabla de quesos, or cheese plate, which I am always keen to order.
The menu lists it as featuring Manchego, Idiazábal, Murcia al Vino, Roncal, Tetilla, and Cabrales. As you can see from this image, the lighting in this place is quite dim. I had to hand my new camera over to Mr. Kokos, who knew how to get Bianca to behave and secured this more steady shot. In addition to the cheese, there were apple slices, a few grapes, and some quince cubes for pairing.
We were washing everything down with Nai’s deliciously intoxicating Blueberry Pomegranate Champagne Sangria. Because of this, I can’t say that I paid the careful attention owed to this smorgasbord of cheeses, but there were none that I disliked. I believe that’s Roncal sitting in the shallow dish of olive oil in the middle. We asked our server if he had a favorite, and he told us the Tetilla was made close to his home in Galicia. While his English was limited, his accent was delightful!
I suspect we will be back for more sangria, queso, and sexy accents in the future! Also, CTMY aims to continue on in 2016, so check back in the new year for new posts. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very Merry Cheesemas!