Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grill and Grain

Bourbon meets brie at Noorman's Kil

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.

Noorman's Kil
609 Grand St. (Leonard St.), Williamsburg (347) 384-2526

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

The Rundown's restaurant reviews are based on anonymous visits from reporters, not press releases.

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