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Pazzo_Cane Feb 20, 2009 03:42 PM

Near my home in Maplewood we have some great choices at the Edan Gourmet in South Orange and the new Whole Foods in Union.

Anyone have suggestions for NJ Cheese shops that would beat these in variety and/or price? I am interested in the northern half of the state.

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 20, 2009 04:19 PM

    some good suggestions here...

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/421242

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      bropaul RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 22, 2009 06:26 AM

      Gary's Wine Marketplace in Madison or Bernardsville has some nice cheeses. I'm not sure that they have better variety/prices than what you have already mentioned.

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        bob07461 RE: bropaul Jan 17, 2012 11:22 AM

        Just watch your credit card and check your statement if you go there.

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          creamfinger RE: bob07461 Feb 6, 2012 06:07 PM

          You seem to be implying something. Please explain your statement?

      2. njfreqflyer RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 22, 2009 09:27 AM

        In addition to its best-in-state wine inventory, service, and good prices, the Wine Library in Springfield also has an extensive selection of cheeses and informed friendly staff.

        Wine Library
        586 Morris Avenue
        Springfield, NJ 07081
        Ph: 888-980-WINE (9463)
        http://winelibrary.com/

        See this thread for cheese in central NJ
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529970

        See this thread for cheese in Ocean County, NJ
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/528601

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          clairetraas RE: njfreqflyer Jun 18, 2009 10:39 PM

          I love the Wine Library. Along with having the best prices for wine in the area, their cheese shop is fantastic. I could spend all day grazing on all the free samples. The staff has never steered me wrong when it comes to wine.

          I find that Eden Gourmet's prices on cheese are better than the Wine Library, and they have a good cheesemonger that will recommend the right cheese. They give samples, but you have to ask for them.

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          mglvernon RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 24, 2009 05:41 PM

          Try Bobolink Dairy- they make their own artisan cheeses and have free cheese tastings.
          It's more of a day trip but quite enjoyable.
          They are located in Vernon Nj in Sussex County. It's only 8 miles from Warwick, NY where there are a few wineries. Another place to check is Heaven Hill farm market.

          The dairy has a website: www.cowsoutside.com

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            bob07461 RE: mglvernon Mar 1, 2009 08:56 AM

            Boblink's quality is uneven. I suspect that the best of their product goes to the restaurants, we get what is left.

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              Zinful RE: bob07461 Jan 17, 2012 11:07 AM

              not sure, but I think Bobolink moved. Though I am not sure where.

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                Caralien RE: Zinful Jan 17, 2012 11:12 AM

                From the website:

                WARNING!
                Google Maps frequently forgets that we moved to Milford, NJ in June 2010
                If you are trying to find us on Google, it would be wide to enter our street address:
                369 Stamets Rd, 08848
                (our former location in Vernon is now closed)

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              phDuh RE: mglvernon Mar 5, 2009 01:51 PM

              I agree. I love Bobolink. Yes, their offerings are often widely variable, but that depends on the output of their grass fed cows. They also are a staple at Farmer's markets in NYC, in Warwick and a couple of other locations which escape me.

              Also, Maywood Marketplace has an extensive selection of cheese at fairly reasonable prices.

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                sixelagogo RE: phDuh Mar 6, 2009 02:44 AM

                For local producers, Valley Shepherd in long valley has Bobolink beat hands down....the cheesemaker is really top notch with about 12-15 cheeses on offer, mostly sheep but some cow and some mixed. He's at union square in manhattan & i believe at the piermont farmers market as well.

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                  phDuh RE: sixelagogo Mar 28, 2009 02:48 PM

                  Bobolink doesn't have goat cheese and I'm anxious to try Valley's. For my palate, there's room for them all!!!

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                    Spaetzle75 RE: sixelagogo Oct 19, 2011 04:46 PM

                    I second Valley Shepard. Whole Foods and Trader Joes' has a great selection of cheeses

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                    725 River Road, Edgewater, NJ

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                njguy99 RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 25, 2009 10:16 AM

                Summit Cheese Shop
                75 Union Place in Summit.
                (908) 273-7700

                If you're looking specifically for Italian cheeses, DIPietro's on Springfield Avenue has a nice selection, including some incredible handmade mozzarella.

                or why not try Crane's in Maplewood Village? They have a pretty nice cheese selection, at good prices.

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                  markabauman RE: njguy99 Mar 1, 2009 03:51 PM

                  Jerry's in Englewood has a great cheese selection. However, can't wait to see what the new Fairway in Paramus will offer.

                2. Curlz RE: Pazzo_Cane Mar 29, 2009 02:11 PM

                  I've read some good things about the owner of a new shop in Montclair (near the Watchung Train Station--near Bluestone Coffee/Cafe)...it's due to open "in late March" but I haven't heard if it's up and running yet.

                  Tallmadge Cheese Market
                  38 Upper Montclair Plaza
                  Upper Montclair
                  973-632-8068

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                    jblevy52 RE: Curlz Jun 5, 2009 12:52 PM

                    It's open but it's right near the Upper Montclair train station, not Watchung! It's in the parking area behind the the Bellview movie theater and it's terrific!! Lots of great choices -- not cheap but worth the price!

                  2. shabbystorm RE: Pazzo_Cane Mar 30, 2009 05:22 AM

                    In Central New Jersey - Bon Appetit Princeton NJ Has a nice selection of cheese.
                    http://www.yourbonappetit.com/

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                      Caralien RE: shabbystorm Jun 12, 2009 08:11 AM

                      Bon Appetit is my favourite store for indulging, and their baguettes are fantastic. If they don't have a cheese (meat, pastry, whatever), the owner will make an effort to get it for you.

                      Just don't make the mistake I did and have a bite of talleggio before taking a sip of champagne.

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                      Jerry's Gourmet
                      410 S Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631

                      Fairway Market
                      34 E Ridgewood Ave, Paramus, NJ 07652

                      Valley Shepherd Creamery
                      50 Fairmount Rd, Long Valley, NJ

                      Wine Library
                      586 Morris Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081

                      Westside Market
                      78 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood, NJ 07607

                      Bon Appetit
                      301 N Harrison St, Princeton, NJ

                      Tallmadge Cheese Market
                      38 Upper Montclair Plz, Montclair, NJ

                      Crane's Delicatessen & Cheese
                      175 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040

                      Summit Cheese Shop
                      75 Union Pl, Summit, NJ

                      Di Pietro Foods
                      1701 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ

                      Gray's Wine & Liquor Store
                      2559 Nottingham Way, Mercerville, NJ

                      Heaven Hill Farm
                      451 State Rt 94, Vernon, NJ 07462

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                      tonymil53 RE: Pazzo_Cane Apr 5, 2009 08:58 AM

                      the new Fairway in Paramus has a great cheese dept. Very reasonable prices too

                      1. menton1 RE: Pazzo_Cane Dec 6, 2010 09:03 AM

                        The two biggest selections in North Jersey are Maywood Marketplace and Fairway/Paramus. Maywood's are all prepackaged, whereas Fairway is more of a cheesemonger with a "point and taste" feature. Excellent prices at both as well.

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                          Tapas52 RE: menton1 Dec 6, 2010 11:09 AM

                          Please excuse my Cheese ignorance..... although I know about and have tasted most of the more common types of cheeses, like Brie, Mozzarella, Fantana, Cheddar, Colby, Goat, etc..
                          I'd really like to indulge into some more interesting ones. What do you cheese gurus recommend for a place where I could maybe have a sort of "cheese tasting" or sample a few more types to broaden my cheese horizons?.. I'm in Northern Ocean County... Thank you

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                            chefMD RE: Tapas52 Dec 6, 2010 11:30 AM

                            take a trip up to Sickle's and ask for Meghan, tell her I sent you. She won't steer you wrong!

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                              Tapas52 RE: chefMD Dec 6, 2010 12:07 PM

                              chefMD......PERFECT!!! thank you so much...I can't believe I've never been to Sickles :(
                              It's now on my to go list!

                              Happy Holiday!

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                                MGZ RE: Tapas52 Dec 7, 2010 03:57 AM

                                Cheese on Main in Ocean Grove is a great local treasure, as well.

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                                  Tapas52 RE: MGZ Dec 7, 2010 05:50 AM

                                  MGZ thanx I'll look into that also !

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                              dfl565 RE: Tapas52 Feb 4, 2012 10:24 AM

                              You can go to Manahawkin to the Market Place Cheese Shop on Bay Avenue - really great selection and the owner will help you make your choice.

                          2. jerseyfooddude RE: Pazzo_Cane Apr 11, 2011 11:04 AM

                            The Cheese Cave in Redbank is an outstanding little shop with some great products. The owners are very friendly and will help you taste your way through the showcase.

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                              scarlet knight RE: jerseyfooddude Oct 21, 2011 04:31 AM

                              I confirm the Cheese Cave is very good. The owner is friendly and you will discern that many of the employees are his kids, who are doing a great job to help their family and they understand customer service and have learned great lessons about business,

                              My wife ran the register at her father's deli when she was a little kid. I think the statute of limitations on child labor law has run, but my wife is great at math and she understands what it means to work hard.

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                                scarlet knight RE: scarlet knight Oct 21, 2011 04:41 AM

                                Just to clarify, the kids who are working at Cheese Cave are old enough to work.

                                My wife was considerably younger than them.

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                              NJerseyMom RE: Pazzo_Cane Oct 19, 2011 02:53 PM

                              Chez Cheeze
                              10 Washington Av
                              Tenafly, NJ

                              Chez Cheeze has a great selection of cheeses and prepared foods.
                              And if you can't go in person they will ship during the fall and winter months.
                              Check out their web site to order on line.

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                              Chez Cheeze
                              10 Washington Ave, Tenafly, NJ

                              1. tommy RE: Pazzo_Cane Oct 19, 2011 04:58 PM

                                The Ridgewood Cheese Shop, which is now The Cheese Shop in Super Cellars (Ridgewood), is worth a look.

                                Re: Fairway, I find that the prepackaged stuff at Fairway is often on its way out, if not way out, and I've had to chuck too much of it to even consider it. Of course you can walk up to the cheese counter, but they routinely direct people to the wrapped stuff, at which point I routinely tell them that their wrapped stuff smells like ammonia and I want something fresh off the wheel. I'm not convinced they take as much pride in their stuff as they should, or as much as the Cheese Shop in Super Cellars does. So they are losing my business slowly but surely.

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                                  menton1 RE: tommy Oct 20, 2011 08:58 PM

                                  Maywood Marketplace still has a terrific selection of cheese. It's all prepackaged, but if you hit it at the right time they have dozens of samples out. Good pricing as well.

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                                    wolfdog RE: tommy Feb 4, 2012 11:05 AM

                                    The original Ridgewood Cheese Shop was a wonderful place. I remember shopping there with my mom. The owners and all employees were friendly and as we'd wait sometimes for up to an hour for our turn, the atmosphere in the shop was friendly and welcoming. Cheese samples were passed to customers, the counter help made recommendations and pairings. It was truly an experience. The wonderful experience ended when it was sold. The new owner is mean and nasty and no wonder why he lost his lease and downsized into the liquor store. Shopping for cheese should be a delightful culinary experience, otherwise, just pick it up at the A&P!! For a culinary cheese experience try Laraia's in New Windsor, NY just over the NJ border a few minutes from Montvale, NJ. Worth the ride from Bergen County for a real cheese shop experience and homemade mozzarella and ricotta. The friendly owner even does house parties!! http://www.laraiascheese.com/about.html

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                                      ferventfoodie RE: wolfdog Feb 4, 2012 06:38 PM

                                      Haven't thought about the Cheese Shop in Ridgewood in years. My husband and I met
                                      working in Ridgewod and were such enthusiastic fans of the shop that the owner (I
                                      believe his name was Bernhardt?) asked us if we were interested in a franchise!
                                      Now most of my cheese comes from Whole Foods or Wegmans, but it's just now
                                      the same as the small shops that sample and share info so freely.

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                                        tommy RE: wolfdog Feb 4, 2012 07:01 PM

                                        The owner has always been nice to me.

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                                      mickeygee RE: Pazzo_Cane Oct 21, 2011 09:48 AM

                                      Cheese...Please recently (in the past year) opened in Cranford, and I find their selection is pretty good and they also have some nice tasting events.

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                                        Curlz RE: mickeygee Dec 4, 2011 07:59 AM

                                        Is Cheese...Please the place where you can BYO wine and sit down and have bread/cheese with it in the store?

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                                        jiffypop RE: Pazzo_Cane Oct 23, 2011 07:06 AM

                                        Affinage in Fairfield in the same strip mall as Calandra's bakery [on 46 East, about 1 mile west of willobrook mall] has a lovely, ever-changing selection of cheeses and knowledgeable staff. a little pricey, IMO, but nice cheeses.

                                        Gary's wine marketplace on Rt 23 North in Wayne also has a nice selection, but I stopped going there because I've had terrible service in that cheese department [excellent service in the rest of the store, however]

                                        1. Caralien RE: Pazzo_Cane Jan 17, 2012 10:31 AM

                                          Olsson's in Palmer Square, Princeton, moved from the Trenton Farmer's Market last year:
                                          https://www.facebook.com/pages/Olsson...

                                          Olsson's & Bon Appetit seem to satisfy my craving for Murray's in Manhattan

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                                            foodmomma RE: Pazzo_Cane Feb 4, 2012 11:10 AM

                                            I second cheese please in cranford, it is relatively new but she has a good selection of cheeses - I am a big blue cheese fan and she has a nice selection of european blues that makes my household happy!

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                                              thatp RE: Pazzo_Cane Nov 12, 2013 10:28 AM

                                              Does anyone know where to get Vacherin Mont D'or in Northern NJ?

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                                                Curlz RE: thatp Nov 12, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                Try Kings in short hills, whole foods, cest cheese in Morristown, summit cheese shop, or...NNJ is huge!

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