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Farmstead/ Artisinal Cheese on UWS?

ral217 Dec 3, 2010 05:10 AM

I am looking for farmstead cheeses on the UWS. I looked into West Side Cheese Company first but the number I have says it is no longer in business and is 20+ blocks away from me. Otherwise, I am thinking to check out Whole Foods. Any other suggestions?


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  1. MMRuth RE: ral217 Dec 3, 2010 05:31 AM

    I've bought some lovely cheeses at the farmer's market near Lincoln Center - Thursdays and Saturdays, I think.

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      LNG212 RE: MMRuth Dec 3, 2010 05:40 AM

      Yes, that's the Tucker Square one. I like it too. We also bought the smoked duck for a brunch for my family and they swooned over it.

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        Joe Food RE: LNG212 Dec 4, 2010 06:47 AM

        Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, from cheese genius Jonathan White, is at the Tucker Square market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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          gutsofsteel RE: Joe Food Dec 4, 2010 12:08 PM

          I think the Boblink cheeses are mediocre at best. Poorly stored, often in bad condition...and frankly not so good in the first place.

          Try Cato Corner at the USGM.

    2. LNG212 RE: ral217 Dec 3, 2010 05:34 AM

      Any of the greenmarkets on the UWS should have something. Today's market on 97th St. usually has a cheese seller but I did not see them today (Valley Shepherd). Definitely hit the one at Tucker Square as I think there's a cheese person there as well. Fairway should also have a few local-ish cheeses besides all the other stuff.

      1. boredough RE: ral217 Dec 3, 2010 07:36 AM

        Try Zabar's too - they have a large cheese selection.

        1. coasts RE: ral217 Dec 4, 2010 03:54 AM

          West Side Cheese closed on Oct. 31st and is now a mobile phone reseller.


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            americanafan RE: ral217 Dec 4, 2010 04:22 AM

            If you're serious about farmstead cheeses, take the B train from the UWS to Grand Street and walk over to Saxelby's at the Essex Street Market.

            Saxelby Cheesemongers
            120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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

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              Nancy S. RE: ral217 Dec 4, 2010 04:46 AM

              The Fairway has a decent selection of farmstead cheese, some of the same types sold at Essex St., in fact, e.g., Pleasant Ridge Reserve -- my favorite.

              Fairway Market
              2127 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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                americanafan RE: Nancy S. Dec 4, 2010 11:37 AM

                True, Fairway does carry Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve, which is a terrific Gruyere-style cheese. And it's more convenient for the UWS OP. But the wheels at Saxelby's taste better, in my opinion. I have no explanation.

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                j. marie RE: ral217 Dec 5, 2010 01:57 AM

                Ardith Mae sells their goat cheese at both the Columbia and the 77th St & Columbus Greenmarkets on Sundays. I find their chevre to be the best around, but I'm fond of their aged cheeses as well. Nice people, too.

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                  ral217 RE: ral217 Dec 5, 2010 03:45 PM

                  I wound up going to Zabar's and they had several. I bought Pt Reyes Blue, Coach Farms Goat, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon Goat and Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam. I have to visit Saxelby's the next time I am down that way. The Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve is also on my list to try! Thanks for all the comments.

                  2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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                    gutsofsteel RE: ral217 Dec 5, 2010 03:48 PM

                    Oh if that's the kind of thing you're looking for....go to Murray's Cheese Shop on Bleecker St.

                    Murray's Cheese
                    254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                    americanafan RE: ral217 May 9, 2011 04:07 PM

                    Bumping this old thread, the new answer is Epicerie Boulud, 20 W. 64th, which is carrying American farmstead cheeses curated by Anne Saxelby and French cheeses from Herve Mons.

                    Epicerie Boulud
                    1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

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