Brooklyn – Cobble Hill
261 Smith St between DeGraw and Douglass Sts, Carroll Gardens
Brooklyn, NY 11231
The stinkier, the better at this Brooklyn specialty shop, which focuses on cheese but also features meats, chocolates, pastas, oils, vinegars and pickles. Cheese-wise, the shop offers a cheese-of-the-month club as well as everything you can imagine from around the globe (at various price points), including $17-per-pound, 300-day gorgonzola; $25-per-pound aged gouda; and $19-per-pound fontina. Each summer, the store co-hosts Stinkfest, an outdoor food and music extravaganza where real fromage aficionados can sign up for the cheese-eating contest.