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Oct 2, 2007 08:33 AM

Best butcher and cheese shop in WP or northern Westchester area?

I am having a special dinner party on saturday with friends flying in from around the country. I'm looking for a great butcher shop (for lamb specifically) and a great cheese shop near White Plains, Pleasantville or Katonah area. Also looking for a recommendation for where to buy truffles for a risotto dish. TIA

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  1. Based on what I've seen (just had their sausage and it was very good) and had of their wares, I would recommend Morton Williams on Central Ave.

    Otherwise, there is a specialty butcher on Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck and an exclusive cheese shop on Palmer Ave. in Larchmont.

    As to truffles, possibly Balducci in Scarsdale?

    18 Replies
    1. re: dolores

      Dolores doesn't like dealing with them, but Whole Foods has very good meat and cheese departments and, most likely (tho I've never had occasion to check) truffles.

      1. re: Westjanie

        Oh no, Westjanie, if they were on Central Ave. and had..........I've been asked never to mention the subject again..........I would happily shop there occasionally. As I've noted, I found THE most outstanding strained Greek yogurt there.

        Good suggestion, though.

        1. re: dolores

          Dolores for a real treat, go to Niko's on Central Avenue skip the meal and just order their yogurt for dessert.

          1. re: chowdom

            Sounds good, chowdom, thank you for the tip.

            1. re: dolores

              I forgot it is metered parking, but don't let that deter you, this is so worth it. It is my favorite dessert in the county.

              1. re: chowdom

                LOL, thanks. That good? Wow. Darn, I was in there awhile ago and we must have chosen something else.

                1. re: dolores

                  Oh and one last thing, next time you are over there,cross the street and stop into Yarnoush, and pick up some of their french feta, absolutely to die for.

                  1. re: chowdom

                    chowdom, on the way to Spiga on Sunday, I saw a post in my head where someone talked about a place near Nikko, and couldn't remember whether it was a restaurant or a deli.

                    Perhaps it was Yarnoush. At any rate, I'm now writing down Yarnoush. Thanks.

                    1. re: dolores

                      Dolores there are actually two places you must try, Yaranush Mediterranenan Foods 322 Central Ave, and Dante's deli ( impossible to park),but find a way even if you have to cross the street, 429 Central Ave.

                      1. re: chowdom

                        That was it, I believe, chowdom. Thanks. Sounds like food fun!

                        1. re: dolores

                          Yes indeed, french feta,olives a must at Yaranush and just about anything at Dante's go hungry.

                        2. re: chowdom

                          agreed, ive been going to yarnush for years..great stuff..dantes deli also has good stuff, but unfortunately the owner/anthony is a total nut job...not worth going there other places to go for italian goods

        2. re: dolores

          Marshall's Cheese, Cedar Street in Dobbs Ferry where I work looks like the real deal for Cheese.

          1. re: dolores

            Dolores, what butcher are you talking about? There is one across the street from the fish store, but I think it is a front for something, they don't even carry lamb! I went in there once, forget it. We used to shop in the fish store every week, but I was unhappy that they don't sell dry scallops (and didn't know what I was talking about) nor could they tell me where the fish came from (which is a law in NY State) Balducci's has the best prices for both meat and fish, and they are very knowledgeable. (although I don't go to Whole Foods as I find the whole atomsphere off-putting - why can't we have a Wegman's locally?) There is also a butcher shop in Larchmont, called Meateria. They are okay, not worth a special trip. Balducci's is my best recommendation (they would have truffles, too).

            1. re: pobo

              Wow, really? I only went to the butcher store (yes across from the fish store) once but read about it elsewhere. I thought it was good, sorry I will stop recommending it.

              I also did not know about the Imperial fish store failing to disclose where the fish comes from.

              Sad. Westchester is pathetic on butchers and fish stores, as far as I can see.
              I don't like Whole Foods for many reasons, so they're not a possibility. Guess I'll try out Morton Williams in the near future for their fish.

              Thank you pobo for the education.

              1. re: dolores

                Turco's in yorktown has a nice cheese selection and the butchers is good. love their sausage.They have chicken parm sausage is to die for. And sometimes they make lamb sausage which is awesome.

              2. re: pobo

                The butcher shop right across the street from Imperial is Vinnie's. And my husband and I also always joke that they must be a front for something, because of their lack of meat! If you walk in off the street and ask for a roast or something, Vinnie looks at you like you're crazy. Although, to be fair to Vinnie, the few times that we have ordered something in advance, he has sold us some nice meat-- not prime meat, but nice. The problem is that unless you are planning for a special occasion, you usually just want to walk in and buy some meat. And that is pretty impossible at Vinnie's.

                1. re: pobo

                  I disagree on the Larchmont Meateria comment. I've had excellent meats there. They carry all the speciality foods you can think of, a real gourmet find. I find the manager is so helpful, and he really picks out quailty meats for you. I just can't get those steaks at the restauants I go to, they just don't compare. Great BBQ items too. The Larchmont Meateria has great fish items as well, and all the prepared foods are delicious too. I really enjoyed the home baked pies - nice assortment of desserts. Ithink it's worth the drive, and I shop there when I have guests in for the weekend. Hope this helps...

              3. unfortunately brichettis;( spelling) has closed, it was by far the best butcher..i recommend going down to petes, or biancardis on arthur ave. a short drive, but worth it from white plains..go to tinos deli next to chase bank on arthur ave for truffles and other goodies..