The Bedford Cheese Shop
The Bedford Cheese Shop's new, second location on Irving Place in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan is almost 3x the size of their Williamsburg location, yet keeps its trademark "neighborhoody" feel.
Inside the shop
Inside the shop, alongside the cheeses, you'll find a beautifully curated selection of grocery products.
The shop aesthetic
The Bedford Cheese Shop's quaintly rustic yet quirky aesthetic is evident in the decor.
Mini odes to cheese
One of the best things about the shop is their cheese descriptions. How's this one for appealing?
In addition to the edibles, you'll find soap, bags for keeping cheese fresh, and these lovely cheese boards for displaying your purchases.
Jars of chocolate covered treats welcome you as you enter.
In addition to cheese, the Shop carries an extensive selection of cured meats.
Sour Puss pickles
One of Chris's favorite grocery items is the hot pickled peppers from Sour Puss Pickles.
Along with Ritual, the Bedford Cheese Shop carries dozens of types of chocolate, including this interesting version with beets, from Vermont.
The requisite wall of jams and other spreadable treats.
Among the more unique offerings at the Shop is this canned cane syrup from Steen's -- which has been around since 1910!
All the grocery items at the Bedford Cheese Shop are "communal": they work at a picnic, or in a smorgasbord of sorts. Mayo is, of course, often key to both. The Shop carries several brands, including this Brooklyn-based maker, Empire.
Chris's favorite new pasta in the store is Sfoglini, which works out of East Williamsburg.
One of the "new crop" of producers the shop's giving a chance to is not a cheese, but a grocery item. "This is one of my favorite new products." Chris plucked a slender candy bar from the display of vintage looking chocolates. "Ritual Chocolate, from Colorado. It's just a guy and a girl. They're small but their chocolate is delicious. They have two bars now, a Madagascar and a Costa Rica, and they're coming out with two more soon."