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Bulgarian Feta Cheese

Some years ago I could purchase terrific Bulgarian Feta Cheese at the West Side (I think it was called) market on Broadway between 110th and 111th. Since it disappeared--the store, I mean--I've been thwarted in my quest to find the stuff. Would someone please tell me where I can purchase it in Manhattan?

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  1. Don't know if this will help, but Westside Market opened a location on 15th Street and 7th Ave. They have a fairly large cheese selection, although I cannot vouch for the quality. Maybe someone esle can comment on this? Also, I would suggest trying East Village Cheese Shop on 2nd Ave between 9th and 10th Streets. I've been shopping there for nearly 20 years. Good selection, good prices, and high turnover for guaranteed freshness.

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    1. re: fsd1116

      The Westside Market on 7th Ave (there's another entrance on 14th Street) is very good, and very much like the old Westside on 110th. Meandering layout, lots of quirky European brands of things at discount prices, some INSANE deals on cheese, and very decent prepared foods...on the flip side, terrible cold cuts (the 110th St location wasn't much better) and terrible fresh meats. The quality is not bad, it's not the quality of a fresh cheese monger who sells nothing but cheese, but for a supermarket selection it's beyond excellent. I recently bought an enormous log of French goat cheese for $3, it was very good, and the same day a large tub of mascarpone cheese for $2, also very good. It's a fun place to browse, and I'd bet money they have your Bulgarian Feta, and you'll get a little nostalgic for the old location wandering the aisles.

      On a separate note, somewhat off topic, does anyone know if Greece got the designation they sought that only Feta cheese produced in Greece could be called Feta? (I suppose not, since I still see Bulgarian, French and Israeli Fetas around and about.)

    2. fairway carries bulgarian feta

      1. I'm not positive, but I think I've seen it at Whole Foods.

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        1. re: valerie

          confirmed. I bought some there last week.

        2. Every place I've found "loose" feta invariably has Bulgarian - I suspect it's one of those things you just never thought to look for. Zabar's and Fairway have it for sure, but I imagine the smaller "gourmet grocery" stores that've popped up like mushrooms after a storm probably do, too...

          1. I'm pretty sure Kalyustan's carries both French and Bulgarian fetas...

            1. them, Zabar's, Citarella used to, anyway, Fairway, International Grocery on 9th cetainly - I think most places with any pretensions to a "cheese counter" or section...

              1. I understand a lot of the people who ran Westside Market on 110 are now at Garden Gourmet, in the Bronx. It's on Broadway near 236 St. Take the 1 train to 231 St. They have the Bulgarian feta and several other varieties.

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                1. re: paperpest

                  That's great intel, paperpest, thank you! The Westside Market outpost on 7th is near my office, but 231st is closer to my house. (I'm not the OP, but I miss the 110th Westside Market as well. In college it was the place that kept my refrigerator stocked with fresh, fun ingredients for less money.)