New York is home to some of the best shops and mongers eager to blow your mind with the sexiest wedges of the moment. The city is so saturated that you could spend a full week shop hopping and you still won’t be able to visit all of them. Whether you’re shopping for a party platter or just grabbing a lover for an afternoon delight, let this lineup be your guide to the best cheese shops in New York City.
The Best New York Cheese Shops
A good cheese shop is hard to find—unless you live in New York. The Big Apple has everything from rare cheeses, crowd favorites, local artisan accompaniments, and passionate mongers ready to guide you. No matter what kind of cheese experience you’re looking for, New York delivers.
These are, in my humble opinion, the best cheese shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn, presented in no particular order. There’s also a wishlist at the bottom for shops that I still need to visit. Leave me a note in the comments if I missed anything!
Best Cheese Shops in Manhattan
Barnyard is one of the tiniest, most adorable shops I’ve ever visited. The cheese selection is very small, but they hit all the necessary categories and have an excellent selection of accompaniments and bread as well. I highly recommend getting a sandwich while you’re here. Their menu is orgasmic!
Lower East Side
Located in Essex Market, the New York outpost of Boston’s famous Formaggio Kitchen does not disappoint. While I didn’t get a chance to interact with the mongers, I spent a lot of time drooling over their excellent, well-cared for selection of cheese and accompaniments.
Flat Iron District
This Seattle-born cheese company has a café, retail counter, and restaurant in the basement that serves Oprah’s favorite mac and cheese. My favorite thing to do is to watch them make fresh cheese curds right on-site. It’s the only place that I know of in New York where you can see cheesemakers work their magic with fresh milk.
Best Cheese Shops in Brooklyn
In addition to having a great cheese selection, Brooklyn Larder has some amazing food. I’ve tried almost all of their pastries and can confidently say they have one of the best croissants I’ve had in New York. Their counter is stacked with a fabulous selection of both essentials and exciting little treats, and they have a great gifting program, too. I also recommend following them on Instagram. Their photography is stunning!
If you’re looking for some Brooklyn-made accompaniments to go with your cheese, Stinky Brooklyn is the place to be. The cheesemongers are helpful, enthusiastic, and always have pairing ideas, so it’s especially great for anyone that needs a little handholding at the counter. Check out their sandwiches and beverage offerings, too.
New York Cheese Shop Wishlist
Multiple locations, Manhattan