75 Ninth Avenue
at W. 15th Street
A superb cheese monger that specializes in American farmstead cheeses.
A perfectly kept and edited selection of American artisanal cheeses, such as Cayuga Blue from Lively Run Dairy in New York's Finger Lakes region, Cabot clothbound cheddar from Vermont, Jake's Gouda from central New York, and dozens more from across the country. There's nothing like their selection or their expertise anywhere else in the country.
Saxelby's website is a primer of the world of American farmstead cheeses and can teach you a lot, which can be especially helpful before you head to their shop in Chelsea Market.
What to know:
Besides cheese, they sell farmstead butters plus a finely edited selection of charcuterie and condiments that go with cheese. They also offer catering services and sell wholesale. And they ship but see their website for the details as cheese is a living product and fragile to transport.
In 2021 cheese monger and founder Anne Saxelby died tragically, young, and very loved and admired. Her passion for cheese-making and for the American artisanal cheeses that she featured in her shop, starting in 2006 in the historic Essex Street Market and later, in Chelsea Market, was an inspiration within the cheese community for fine restaurants, and the food world in general.
Her partner, Benoit Breal, has continued and honors her legacy by continuing their work at their shop in Chelsea Market.