Whiskey and hot cheese go together as naturally as bacon and your face, so it's a good thing Noorman's Kil has an unprecedented stock of both of them.
They'll need it.
Once inside the just-so rustic space, you'll go limp at the sight of more than 220 shockingly affordable whiskeys.
Behind the bar — a reclaimed candy store counter from Amish country — sit enough Scotches, bourbons, and moonshines to make the late Hunter S. Thompson weep, from silky smooth Macallan 21 ($40) to scrape-your-throat Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey ($4).
And then there's the grilled cheese. The gooey, salty grilled cheese.
Even from the lush backyard, you'll smell the joint's seven sandwiches — named after the proprietors' mothers and grandmothers — sputtering on a grill press behind the bar.
The Salona ($6), with jalapeño Jack and hot sauce on sourdough, is the perfect partner for a corn-based white whiskey, while the Jane ($4), with its sharp New York cheddar and mustard, demands a spicy rye.
Noorman's Kil also has a few signature cocktails ($8) and 12 beers on tap, but those are just for your cohorts.
You came here for the whiskey. And the cheese.
609 Grand St. (Leonard St.), Williamsburg (347) 384-2526
Price: 1 (out of 4) Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Subway: L to Lorimer St.
Scene: Grizzly beards with Moscot frames
Best bets: Salona cheese sandwich; Buffalo Trace White Dog; Orange Manhattan
Hot seat: Claim the library nook stocked with whiskey-themed books.
Spirits School: The owners plan to offer whiskey tastings and sandwich pairings in the near future.
Nearby: Dumont; Huckleberry Bar; Le Barricou
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