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East Village Cheese

This place is one of my Favorite guilty pleasures, East Village Cheese located at 40 3rd Avenue (between 9th & 10th Streets) consistently serves up the most delicious & affordable cheese ever.  Don’t let the exterior (handwritten specials) scare you, inside is an amazing mecca of cheese!  This is a no frills store, cash only & lacking in customer service.

You go in, choose what you want & pretty much get out as soon as you can.  The cheese there in insanely inexpensive, my last trip there cost me $18 & I walked away with about 5 Lbs of cheese.  You basically cannot find a better deal in the city.  They have great Prosciutto, Taramasalata & Pate as well. If you get a chance check this place out, you’ll thank me later…

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Clearance Sale @ Broadway Panhandler

Broadway Panhandler (65 East 8th Street between Broadway & University) is having a clearing sale starting today until Sunday June 13th.  You can get up to 70% off of brands like All Clad, Wusthoff, Le Creuset & more!

This is a really great store & a welcome alternative to the Bowery.  With deep discounts like these, you can afford to restock your kitchen!

Fishmonger coming to East Village

According to EVGrieve, a seafood restaurant & fishmonger will be opening up at 171 Avenue A @11th street.  As you can well imagine, this is a major bonus for us seafood lovers in the East Village, we’ve been without a fishmonger for some time!

According to the owner/operator;

I am planning on opening a seafood market/restaurant/high-end cocktail bar in that space… We certainly need a place to buy fish around here.

Yeah, yeah — fishmonger. There will be a display case when you first walk in about 6 feet by 3 feet with approximately 20-25 different types of fresh seafood. Most of it will be kept in the basement and brought up as we run out of things in the case. This way we can do the volume of a bigger store with a fraction of dedicated space.

I’m really looking forward to this!
Picture & full coverage via EV Grieve

Broadway Panhandler

Broadway Panhandler (65 East 8th Street @ Broadway) is pretty much a home cooks wet dream.  I like to think of it as a cross between Crate & Barrel & the restaurant supply stores along the Bowery.  You can find pretty much everything you need here.  I particularly like the knife department in the back of the store; the staff in this section are extremely knowledgeable & give really good advice/tips on knives & their proper use & care.  The store can get a bit crowded though (I went a few days before Christmas & could hardly move in the place) & the narrow, maze-like, aisles really don’t help.

The staff are friendly & the prices are not bad at all.  Sure you could find many of these items cheaper online (or possibly on Bowery), but for shopping done all under one roof, Broadway Panhandler is pretty darn good!

Ray’s Candy might be closing…

Sad news from the East Village today.  The rumor mill is in full effect with speculation that 36 year old Ray’s candy Store (113 Avenue A @ 7th Street) is 2 months behind on rent & the landlord (through their goon/agent) is threatening to padlock the doors as soon as tomorrow.

‘according to Ray at 10PM tonight the managing agent of his building–accompanied by her bodyguard– informed him that he has until Friday to pay the 2 months rent that he owes. The agent noted that the next time she comes to the store she will have a chain and padlocks to close the store.’

It would be really sad to lose this place!  Rally the troops!  Go there for waffles, fries or the new Phili (sic) Cheese Steak!

Via Neither More Nor Less & EaterNY

Update; Rent Still Not Paid.
Update; Paypal Account Set up for donations. (via EV Grieve)