Beecher's Handmade Cheese
East 20th Street
Located in Manhattan's Flatiron District, Beecher's Handmade Cheese is an outpost of a favorite cheesemaker from Seattle, Washington.
The selection of domestic cheeses, not only Beecher's own but also ones from across the country. Cheese mongers are both famous cheese makers and also small family farm producers. Each cheese is identified by the state of origin, the name of the producer, and type of milk (sheep, cow or goat) used to make the cheese. Tastes and samples are generously offered and downstairs from the store is a wine bar/cafe where cheese and foods made with cheese are sold.
What to Know:
The prices are rather high and at least for many of the non-Beecher cheeses sold in the shop, you can find them elsewhere in New York for less. The shop also sells some charcuterie, including cured meats from La Quercia and Alps Meats, and foods that go well with cheese like fig jam and crackers. There is a take-out counter in the back that sells sandwiches -- grilled cheese, of course.
What to Avoid:
The pre-made foods like macaroni and cheese or rice gratins are shockingly overpriced given the cost of ingredients and the ordinary quality.