Best No-Frills Fromagers New York 2013 - East Village Cheese
From the street, it's hard to tell what sort of magic is happening inside East Village Cheese. Windows are entirely papered over with felt-tipped announcements of the latest steals: Taleggio at $3.99 per pound! Manchego at $13.99 per pound! Step inside, though, and you'll find many of your favorite cheeses from the fancy cheese counter for way less than any spot around. Consider it motivation to expand your horizons with the handful of more esoteric options like Bulgarian kashkaval and an intriguing Norwegian brown cheese that comes in a box. Packaged cheeses and imported butter go for a song, and, past the counter, a gourmet array of crackers, olives, spreads, and all sorts of cheese-friendly comestibles will get anyone going.