Any cheese lover worth their curds knows New York City can satisfy any cheese need, from hyper-local products to imported goods. Between trendy cheese and beer spots and timeless greenmarkets, the city offers plenty of places to sample the stinky, salty, sweet snack. Not for the dairy-averse, here is our cheese
lover’s guide to New York City.
Murray's Cheese Bar
Cheesemonger, Restaurant, North American, $$$
When chasing a cheese high in New York City, make Murray’s Cheese Bar
your first stop. With more than 70 years of experience and 200 types of cheeses from all over the world, this Greenwich Village institution is a dairy fan’s dream come true. Cheesemaking classes, champagne and nutmeg-infused cheese fondue, and exotic cheese offerings are just a sampling of the varied products that have put Murray’s on the map.
Restaurant, Swiss, $$$
Good comfort food is always in season, making Raclette
a perennial pick throughout the year. At this East Village eatery serving up alpine experiences, raclette, or melted cheeses scraped onto varying accompaniments, dominates the menu, along with food items such as Parisian ham with cornichons, roasted asparagus with cherry tomatoes and baguette slices, and ground sirloin patties.
French Cheese Board
Cheesemonger, French, $$$
Cheese-whizzes will love this erudite dairy destination, where information pairs perfectly with anything you put on your plate. At French Cheese Board
, you’ll gain insight into French cheese culture at interactive exhibits and pairing classes that focus on everything from champagne to tea. Blending food, design, and education, this Nolita experience is the future of cheese shopping.
Bedford Cheese Shop
Cheesemonger, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
Not your parents’ cheese shop, Bedford Cheese Shop
pairs funky flavor descriptions and indie accoutrement brands with down-to-earth menu items such as breakfast burritos and grilled cheese sandwiches. Serving Williamsburg locals and the city’s in-the-know cheese fiends, this spot is part-counter, part-eatery, and completely cool.
Cheesemonger, Contemporary, North American, $$$
Don’t let the name put you off; at Cobble Hill counter Stinky Bklyn
, you won’t be able to resist stopping to smell the roses—and a pleasant dose of Roquefort. New York-made cheeses and goods, including McClure’s Pickles and Brooklyn Brewery beers, earn this spot its local fame, while exotic products such as Turkish espresso-rubbed cheese and pungent Irish Durrus put the neighborhood here on the global map.
Earl’s Beer and Cheese
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
For a dining experience that’s equal parts hoppy and happening, head to Harlem, where local hot spot Earl’s Beer and Cheese
has everything you need for a good time. Here, a hefty 12-brew selection of American craft beers requires even heftier bar food, such as pork belly and kimchi grilled cheese sandwiches, beer-infused New York State cheddar cheese spread, and massive Manchego-loaded salads.
Union Square Greenmarket
Farmers' Market, Market, Fusion, Healthy, $$$
Since 1976, Union Square Greenmarket
has been the local cheese lover’s pick for a taste of the Big Apple and the surrounding region. With 140 farmers and bakers, this downtown destination has everything you need to create your ideal cheese plate. Today, vendors hawk cheeses hailing from Columbia County, Vermont, New Jersey, and beyond.
Cheesemonger, Greengrocer, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Whether you’re looking to watch it get made, enjoy it in a dish, or take it home, Eataly
will meet your cheese needs. The Italian emporium has become a foodie favorite for its on-site restaurants, including La Pizza & La Pasta, eat-ucational classes such as “Lots of Mozz(arella),” and its mozzarella and formaggi