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Best Cheese Shops?

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Hi. I am looking for the best cheese shops in Manhattan/ Westchester. I know Murrays...would love to learn of some more.

I am just back from week in Val d'Isere and was enraptured by the cheeses there.. Delicious cheese course every night at hotel. The cheeses here by the same names taste different, I am told, because of US food requirements of pasturization. I would love to find a good Beaufort here. Any suggestions? Thanks so much. Nyum.

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    1. I like Ideal Cheese on 1st Ave around 52nd st.

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      1. re: 10yrresident

        I'm also a big fan of Ideal - and they tend not to be crazy busy the way Murray's can get, and have time to talk to you, etc. I do like Murray's though, and enjoyed a recent trip to Saxelby's (US cheese though) in the Essex Market.

        1. re: MMRuth

          Another frequent customer of Ideal Cheese here.

          1. re: RCC

            I've not been in a bit - but have you had their Bleu de Gex? It's just amazing with some toasted hazelnuts.

            1. re: MMRuth

              I've not had it. I was just there this morning for some Basque cheese. I will look out for it when I return. Thanks.

          1. re: LeahBaila

            Totally agree with Artisanal. The Murray's on Bleecker is good, but I really don't like the one at Grand Central Terminal.

          2. Third Avenue Cheese, on, you guessed, 3rd Ave around 10th St.

            1. I like Murrays, 3rd Ave Cheese, and Citarella on 6th and 11th. I was suprised Citarella had great cheese that wasn't pricey.