I ran across Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Flatiron when I was walking around in what could only be described as excruciating heat in NYC. The kind where you’re sure you are not smelling particularly fresh, but everyone around you is smelling the same way. I’m talking about awful. One of the biggest reasons that my husband didn’t want to move to NYC (kid you not) is that he was convinced he’d sweat through his clothes before he got to work. I told him it was nonsense, and that the subway cars were air conditioned (usually), and he’d dry off by the time his stop came. On this day, I sympathized.
I was looking desperately for a place with AC. Anywhere I could fake like I was looking at merchandise, and dip out once I got cool. And I saw Beecher’s. As a devotee of Murray’s Cheese and Artisanal, I was skeptical. But the location seemed nice and the AC was pumping. When I stepped in I saw, a little bit away from the door, a free sample of a cheddar cheese that they make in house. I walked in a little further. I saw the charcuterie and olive counter, and I stepped in a little more. At that point, the cheese aroma had taken over, and I knew I was going to explore.
I have to say I found it interesting. Definitely bigger than the cramped Murray’s, and a little less pretentious than Artisanal. And they not only age cheeses on site (I’ve been to Murray’s cheese caves, and they’re super cool…), but they make them there also. You can visit these cheesemaking kitchens. They have a cafe where you can watch the cheesemongers do their thing, or have wine in the cellar overlooking the cheese caves. This sounds like a perfect date if you happen to be dating a fellow lover of cheese. I am not in that situation. Of course you can also just buy cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments there, but there’s a lot more to explore. In the Cellar, they offer an “award-winning” mac and cheese. I’m always game for a mac and cheese sampling.
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New York, NY 10003