For Grab-and-Go Cheeses
Cheese Plate, 400 Seventh Ave., Park Slope; cheeseplatebrooklyn.com
Unlike most artisanal cheese shops that cut to order, Cheese Plate’s fridges and shelves are tightly packed with ready-to-grab wrapped wedges as at a grocery store. After working for years in cheese at Dean & DeLuca, Fairway, and Citarella, head cheesemonger Arif Nawaz applied a similar approach to the Park Slope shop he and his two sons opened during the pandemic — only on a larger scale. It typically stocks about 200 types of cheese, nearly double that during the holidays, says Nawaz’s son Shahab, yet there’s always a cheesemonger nearby to provide recommendations and samples. Cheese expert Cara Warren says the quality doesn’t suffer for the sake of convenience. “I can get a few small cheeses, like little triple creams or a Kunik ($35 per pound) or a nice Gruyère that’s well taken care of, and I know it’s going to be good and not have been in plastic forever,” Warren says.
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