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Mar 19, 2009 03:58 AM

The Big Cheese: New UES Cheese Shop

Has anyone been to The Big Cheese, a cheese shop that just opened on 1st Ave. b/w 81st and 82nd st.? I stopped by this past weekend after my weekly shopping trip to Agata & Valentina. They carry a nice selection of cheeses from around the world along with a selection of gourmet non-cheese items. I picked up small wedges of two of my favorite Spanish cheeses, Mahon and Zamorano. Unlike the cheeses you can buy at the gourmet grocers in the area, these cheeses were properly wrapped in cheese paper; when I tasted them, I could tell they were properly stored. According to the kind proprietor, the shop opened only two weeks ago after long delays. It's definitely a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

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  1. I haven't, and didn't even know it existed. I'll stop by this weekend.

    1. Good! Do they also sell good bread?

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      1. re: erica

        Unfortunately not. I think that is another thing that the UES is in desperate need of, a great bread bakery.

        1. re: Eddie H.

          yeah. sadly the corporification of america destroyed all that. when i was a kid the UES had great bakeries, fish mongers &tc.

          1. re: Eddie H.

            What do you call Orwasher's or Eli's?

            1. re: pbjluver

              Personally, I call Eli's a food museum. The bread prices aren't as bad as the rest of his prices, but a little competition on the UES wouldn't hurt.

              1. re: City Kid

                With today's economy, I am surprised that anyone would attempt to open a new establishment, especially a limited specialty store. I do wish them well.

        2. i have stepped inside, but have not bought anything yet (my fridge keeps conking out this week, so my food shopping is minimal)
          the cheese all look good, the place smells great, and the people seem to know their stuff.

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