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Heading to New York for a visit and my boyfriend mentioned he would like to visit a good cheese shop. Hopefully some place with good breads also. Any suggestions? Not sure where we are staying yet, so narrowing it down through location isn't possible at this point.

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  1. I love Saxelby's in the Essex Street Market. Pain d'Avignon, which also sells bread to many New York restaurants, including Eleven Madison Park, also has a shop in the Essex Street Market.

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    Eleven Madison Park
    11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

    Essex Street Market
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: Nancy S.

      Formaggio Essex, also in the Essex St. Market, has a pretty good cheese selection. I'd also suggest a visit to Murray's on Bleecker.

      http://www.essexstreetmarket.com/inde...
      http://www.murrayscheese.com/

    2. Murray's in West village and in the Grand Central Station market.

      1. I also like Ideal Cheese in the Sutton Place neighborhood.

        1. As per the above, you can visit Murray's on Bleecker, which is practically next door to Amy's Bread. For Spanish specialty cheeses, you can also visit Despana, on Broome between Centre and Lafayette. And for Italian, visit DiPalo's, a bit further south, on Grand St. at Mott. St.

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          Despana
          408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

          Amy's Bread
          250 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

          1. Bedford Cheese Shop in Brooklyn (1st stop into Brooklyn on the L - Bedford Stop) is one of my favorites.

            1. di Palo's is a must for Italian cheeses.

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              1. re: ossauiraty

                Yes, I second di Paolo's!! They sometimes have fresh warm mozzarella for sale, and I haven't had better Ricotta Salata stateside ...

                Plus if you want fresh pasta there is a nice place next door that sells JUST fresh pasta + sauce.

                1. re: eatingculture

                  May I third Di Palo? Just love it.

              2. Thanks so much for the great feedback. It gave me an idea to give cheese baskets as gifts for the holidays this year too. I'm really looking forward to my NYC trip.

                1. These are ALL perfect suggestions, and a good guide for our best cheese. I think out of them all, Murray's is going to suit your needs the best.

                  Just to round out the list here.... Lucy's Whey Cheese Shop in Chelsea Market, and Artisanal, which has a counter, or offers cheese plates and pairings if you wanted to sit down.