The Bedford Cheese Shop Expands into Manhattan

August 2, 2012 11:11 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
Bedford Cheese Shop (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Bedford Cheese shop has made good on its big plans to open on mainland New York City. Recently, they cut the ribbon on their 5,000 square-foot space in the Gramercy area, an affluent enclave of green that is, perhaps, more in keeping with the mild shop's pungent pricing than Williamsburg.

Now, 5,000 square-feet may seem like a lot when it comes to the buying and selling of cheese. And that's because, well, it is. When you compare that kind of space to their more modest-seeming location in Brooklyn, which offers its customers 600 square feet of lovingly selected meats, cheeses, and other various products.

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Are we excited? You bet we are. Given their prices, there's no way you can make outings to the store a regular part of your routine. But for an every once-in-a-while treat, it's an excellent place to go and spend your money. There's no question that you'll be getting a superior product than what you'd find in supermarkets, but if you add one of the friendliest, most attentive, and most patient staff of cheesemongers to that mix, there's no way you won't fall in love. Plus, you can sample any cheese before you buy it. It's a great way to spend an afternoon, and a surefire way to get a little bloated.

On top of increasing their shop size by more than eight times, they'll also be offering cheese and coffee classes in a space they've affectionately named "the Homestead."

"Right now, we work a lot on rotating things in and out," co-owner Charlotte Kamin said, "We're looking forward to having more space."

And so are we, even though we'll probably just buy another wheel of Pierre Robert.

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