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Sep 23, 2010 01:02 PM

Where to buy cheese curds?

My husband and I just got back from a trip to Montreal and I've got a hankering for poutine. I tried searching the boards but didn't have any luck, so just wanted to ask, where should I buy cheese curds in Manhattan? Can I just get them at any cheese shop?

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  1. Try Saxelby Cheesemongers at the Essex Street Market. I bought them there a few months ago.

    Saxelby Cheesemongers
    120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

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    1. re: xtrasharp1

      I love these curds for grilled cheese etc. I cant speak as an expert, but I get curds from saxelby a couple times a month.

      1. re: Hey19

        I am very fond of those cheese curds. I put them in grits.

    2. FWIW the chef-owner of M. Wells Diner in Queens, who's from there, told the Times he wasn't putting poutine on his menu because he couldn't get the right kind of cheese curds in New York ...

      M. Wells Diner
      21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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      1. re: squid kun

        I am not surprised by this. The key to perfect curds is freshness. They should be consumed within 24 hours of being prepared -- also during this time they should not be refrigerated. Delicious sqweakiness! You can make poutine using refrigerated/older curds, but it just won't be the same. (Also, it should be consumed after a night of binge drinking, but that's another matter entirely.)

        1. re: IntrepidNook

          Yes! Cheese curds MUST squeak! Like you're chewing on a balloon :)

        1. Beecher's has them as well.

          1. there is a cheese making store just a couple blocks north of ABC store on same side of street- its called Beechers-they have this huge vat making cheese and you can watch them-curds are in refrigerator case.