Where do you go for your cheese and prosciutto?
The expansion of Wholefoods and Fairway Market has made fine cheese and prosciutto more accessible than ever before in New York City, at fairly affordable “supermarket” prices. What’s missing, however, is the interaction with the knowledgeable staff behind the counter. I’ve had prosciutto sliced to the thickness of roast beef at Fairway, when I got home and unwrapped the packet, it was a harrowing experience I will not soon forget.
Therefore cheese and prosciutto is best purchased at specialized stores, sold by passionate people who are ready to dish out recommendations.
Arriving early to a dinner appointment at Hunter’s Brooklyn, I noticed next door a craft food store with a fascinating name – Stinky Bklyn. Taking a page from the Murray Cheese Shop play book, Stinky Bklyn features gourmet craft sauces, jams, mixers, and a great selection of beers in addition to what’s in the refrigerated display.
I know too little about cheese to judge a place that sells it, but from what I know, the cured meats well stocked and priced to sell. On the counter sits a leg of Iberico, the ultimate status symbol of any gourmet food shop.
Not all was good though. I was so impressed by the fair and reasonable prices of the meats that I was stunned at the register by the beer prices. My favorite bottle of La Chouffe rang up at $17 per bottle, compared to $11 at Whole Foods Beer Store. I’m all for supporting local businesses, but a 60% mark-up is excessive. Many items don’t have a price tag on it, careful.
It’s not quite Murray’s Cheese Shop, but as a Queens resident, I’m envious.
215 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201