cheese-stmarcellin.jpgIn another life, Gothamist may have been a mouse. That's how much we love cheese. It makes us really, really happy (sometimes to the degree that we could swear it gives us a high). We were thrilled to see that some people agree with us--in a recent Chowhound discussion on fromageries a contributor said, "I just took a piece of perfectly ripened Torta del Casar and ate it in my hands around the corner and it was like sex!"

Our newest favorite is Saint Marcellin, a soft, nutty french cheese. Spread on a baguette, it's heaven. Our favorite cheese shops include Murray's, Ideal Cheese, DiPalo's for Italian, the Essex Market shops, and East Village Cheese, which has the basics at prices that can't be beat.

Does cheese get you going? What's your favorite cheese and where do you get it?

Murray's
254 Bleecker Street (between 6th & 7th)
Grand Central Market (43rd & Lex)

Ideal Cheese
942 First Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd)

Di Palo's
200 Grand Street (at Mott)

Essex Market
120 Essex Street (between Rivington & Delancey)

East Village Cheese
40 Third Avenue (between 9th & 10th)