Bedford Cheese Shop
67 Irving Place
between E. 18th/19th Streets
An old fashioned cheese shop with a very impressive selection of cheeses from around the world. Meticulously chosen. Beautifully kept.
Their selection of blue cheeses is superb and this is a place to find those often rare fresh cheeses, including the creamy and fragile straccino. They are generous with tastes before you buy. Charcuterie includes cured meats from Biellese, D'Artagnan, Columbus and Fra' Mani. Breads are from many of the city's best bakers. There is a carefully edited selection of grocery items.
What to know:
Prices are high. In some cases insanely so. Some foods are fragile and are costly to obtain and to keep, but ... really?
They create platters for parties and corporate events including ones with charcuterie and antipasti. They periodically hold tastings and classes with information posted at their website.