Earl’s Beer & Cheese

American in Upper East Side

This sibling-run, tiny comfort-food outpost channels a hipster hunting vibe, complete with a giant deer-in-the-woods mural and a mounted buck’s head. Basic grilled cheese is a paradigm shifter, served with pork belly, fried egg and kimchi. There is also mac ’n’ cheese (with goat’s cheese and crispy rosemary) and tacos (featuring braised pork shoulder and queso fresco).

Earl’s has great craft beers and a fine brunch menu (eggs Benedict, yogurt and housemade granola) too.