The Rind: Rainy Day Refuge


On a recent weekend afternoon, with the rain pouring steadily down, I sought to brighten my dampened spirits. The ticket to a complete attitude adjustment, it turned out, was a cheese-centric repast at midtown’s The Rind. After hanging our dripping jackets on the back of our chairs in this cheery establishment, we had the hard task of deciding which menu items to order. A cup of the kitchen’s lusty roasted tomato soup cleared our senses and thrillingly reminded us of lazy, lingering summer afternoons; and the pretty cheese board – featuring chunks of chili-flecked, bloomy rind Devil’s Gulch from Cowgirl Creamery; nutty, dense Midnight Moon from Cypress Grove Chevre; and Boont Corners, an aged raw goat and sheep milk from Pennyroyal Farm – was an absolute delight. But it was The Rind’s crusty, utterly comforting Camembert and Comté melted cheese sandwich – composed on earthy walnut bread and enlivened with sweet slices of fresh pear – that really transformed the day. As warm and nurturing as a grandma’s hug, the rustic sandwich lifted all our spirits.