went four times in 2 weeks.
a great resource, a good store. very pricey, even by NY standards. great selection of other appetizers, chocolates. nice produce department, but pricey...
great butter selection...good yogurt... passable sandwiches, but these are not too expensive...
as for the cheese...a great selection, but about half the staff is not that knowledgable. the owner has been written up a lot for having built his own cheese cave. he is an affineur of sorts...maturing the cheeses himself, buying a number of em directly from the farm. everybody ohs and ahhs about this cheese cave,
the owner learned his trrade in a couple of places, incluidng at Neal's Yard in London. Ive had their Keen's & Montgonery Cheddars for years...Murray's in NY carries one or the other and often ruins them bby bad storage...but ive had them at Neals Yard in London itself several times, and theyre both amazing, with keen's being creamier.
formaggio had keens in impeccable ocndition so i bought some, BUT he underaged it. it was not mature
enough, not interesting, lacked depth, had mainly a cream flavor. its great to have a cave and do your own maturation, but my only point is this does not guarantee great cheese. a mistake was made, despite the cheese being in impeccable condition.
noentheless, a great store, you guys (those with money to blow) should be happy to have it there