Lower East Side
Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
at Delancey/Essex Sts.
75 Ninth Avenue
at W. 15th Street
A cheese monger that specializes in American artisanal cheeses. Cheese monger Anne Saxelby has a passion for what she does and her blog (find it on their superb website) makes the case, as if she needs to. The shops and the beautiful cheeses she sells is proof enough.
A perfectly kept and edited selection of American farmstead cheeses, such as Lively Run Dairy goat milk feta and Taylor Farm Maple Smoked gouda. They receive a weekly delivery of goat milk on Mondays. Their fresh mozzarella is made by Alleva. And their soft and buttery cheese curds, made from cow's milk, are loved by both small children and their parents.
What to know:
Besides cheese, they sell eggs from upstate NY farms and unsalted farmstead butter plus a finely edited selection of charcuterie. If you have a craving for a sandwich, they'll let you choose your cheese and pair it with artisanal bread, or even better, they will make you a grilled cheese sandwich.
The Essex Street Market shop is closed on Mondays.