David Crofton and Dawn Casales are obsessive about cookies and design. Their store is a jewel box, each coin-sized cookie a Tiffany-like masterpiece. The dozen different varieties are categorized either classic or chocolate – my favorite is the Cecilia, a mocha cream filling sandwiched between chocolate wafers.
In 1991 Rob Kaufelt, a.k.a. The Big Cheese, bought Murray Greenberg’s original neighborhood cheese (and more) store, founded in 1940, from then owner Louis Tudda. About ten years ago, Rob attacked low-fat CW with an arsenal of artisanal European cheeses, and the rest is cheese history. Murray’s array of cheeses, as many as 200, now including one of the largest selections of American farmstead and artisan cheeses in the City, is matured in his own caves, below the Bleecker Street store, and sold by a knowledgeable and patient staff who freely offer tastes and good advice.
New York based Gustiamo, Inc - Italy's Best Foods – (www.gustiamo.com) is a premier selector, importer and distributor of authentic artisanal foods from all regions of Italy. Founded by Italian natives in 2000, Gustiamo's top quality catalog of Italian ingredients is sourced among the best Italian artisans, with an uncompromising eye toward purity, sustainability and authenticity. Several of Gustiamo's products belong to the Slow Food Presidia endangered foods list.
Local, sustainably and humanely raised, high quality, fresh, beautifully butchered and dressed meat finally comes to Manhattan, thanks to owner Jake Dickson, butcher Adam Tiberio and chef Gabriel Ross at Dickson's Farmstand Meats at the Chelsea Market.
In 2002, Ted Matern and Allen Palmer opened this tiny gourmet shop crammed with everything a slow foodie needs. They make every effort to source locally; sources for the all-local pastries and breads include Margaret Palca, Baked in Red Hook and Royal Crown breads. The list of locally produced comestibles is long but customer's favorite products are Jacque Torres Chocolates, Wheelhouse and Rick's Picks pickles, Acme smoked meats, Biellese Charcuterie, Karl Ehmer meats, Bec Fin Pate, Amy Berg cookies and Catsmo Smoked Salmon.