Stepping foot inside the entranceway, I was excited to see what cheese was available for sale, especially since The New York Times mentioned it would have a counter with 75 American cheeses. No, not your ordinary yellow American cheese, but a wonderful variety, like Cabot Clothbound from the Cellars of Jasper Hill in Vermont, Detroit Street Brick from Zingerman's Creamery in Michigan, and Beecher's signature Flagship cheese.
Photo courtesy of Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Towards the back of the shop is a cafe where you can sample, and purchase the "World's Best Macaroni and Cheese"made with Beecher's Flagship and Just Jack cheese. A small cup (8 oz) goes for $5.75; large (16 oz) is $9.50. It's so good that Oprah Winfrey added it to her favorite things in 2010; and I might as well add it to my list too. You can also purchase a premade package on their website.
Another item I recommend trying at the cafe is the Strata, which varies daily. I tried the Vegetable and Cheese Strata, and I did let out a loud Mmm as soon as I had some. The flavors of the cheese, vegetables, and bread married perfectly in every bite. I can't wait to try the other version, Salmon, when it's available.
Other items available at the café are a variety of baked breakfast goods, soups, salads, and grilled sandwiches made fresh daily. I haven't tried any of their grilled cheese sandwiches, but that is on my to-do list.
When you've placed your order at the café, grab a seat in front of the glass-in room where you can watch the cheesemongers at work. Or go upstairs to the mezzanine, and watch the folks down on the first floor.
|Assorted breakfast items, starting at $2.25|
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
900 Broadway (on the corner of 20th and Broadway)
New York, NY 10003
Tel: (212) 466-3340
Store and Cafe
Monday - Sunday 8am-8pm
5pm til Close