7 Long Island Cheese Shops You Gouda Try

Not to sound cheesy, but wine and cheese are a match made in foodie heaven. Whether dining out or cozying up with your significant other, one can never go wrong with the classic pairing. These days, even beer enthusiasts are finding brews complement cheeses just as well and when imbibing isn’t an option, the cheese can certainly stand alone. Seven Long Island cheese shops offer options that range from mild to wild.

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C’est Cheese, Port Jefferson

Can’t pronounce the name? It’s simple: Say cheese. In addition to its wide variety of artisanal cheese, this down Port venture also offers cheese aficionados a menu of craft beers and boutique wines. Joe Ciardullo, C’est Cheese’s proprietor, has a current pairing favorite: the Naked Pruner from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. with the 2014 Macari Syrah. “[It] stands up quite nicely to the mushroomy, earthy funk of the cheese, imbuing it with a nice ripe red fruitiness with earthy notes of it’s own.” Another pairing to try is the Camembert from Arethusa Farms with Chablis-style Chardonnay from Harmony Vineyards. Phone: 631-403-4944 | Address: 216B Main St. Click to taste

The Cheese Patch, Patchogue

Located on Main Street in Patchogue, The Cheese Patch pairs a range of cheeses with craft beer and wine for clients. Cheese platters are customizable for special occasions. Recent guests have called the shop “clean and put together nicely.” They’ve also spoken highly of the staff, the owner in particular–calling her “very friendly.” The current wine on tap? Rosè. Endless summer, anyone? Phone: 631-438-0393 | Address: 20 E Main St. Click to taste

Brew Cheese, Stony Brook

Indulge in gourmet cheese from around the globe with a glass of not wine, but beer. If you’re not satisfied with the beers on tap, don’t worry. There’s an entire refrigerator packed out with bottled and canned craft beers and ciders. Grilled cheeses are available in addition to shared cheese platters. Stony Brook isn’t Brew Cheese’s only home; another location just opened up in Northport. Phone: 631-675-6060 | Address: 127 Main St. Click to taste

American Cheese, Sayville

Grilled cheese paninis are on the grill every day at this place until 5pm. True to its name, this shop only carries American made, artisanally produced and acquires most of it from the Northeast. American Cheese also keeps things fun by hosting special nights throughout the week. Wednesdays are for adult coloring, Thursdays are for steak night and Fridays, well, they’re for gliding into the weekend with some sliders. Need another place to go for movie night? American Cheese also hosts movies in its Garden Cinema. Phone: 631-750-5202 | Address: 289 Railroad Ave. Click to taste

The Village Cheese Shop, Mattituck

In the mood for fondue? There’s a Love Lane staple with more than five different kinds served with fresh apples and bread. In addition to its selection of fine cheeses and wines, The Village Cheese Shop, open year-round, offers a seasonal selection of products to North Forkers. Sandwich platters are available, as are small plates, including salmon tartine, brie, burrata plate and assorted charcuterie. The Village Cheese Shop was founded by Rosemary Batcheller in 2001, but cheese connoisseur and wine expert Michael Affatato took it over in 2015. Phone: 631-298-8556 | Address: 105 Love Ln Click to taste

Babylon Cheese Cellar, Babylon

Need to make your own cheese and meat platter for a date night with your significant other? Grab a bottle of wine, and swing by Babylon Cheese Cellar for a vast selection of imported and domestic cheeses. The cheese shop’s most recent “cellar spotlight:” Morbier, a creamy, soft cheese from France. It pairs well with French saucisson and crusty bread. The goods continue with Italian oils and vinegars, crackers, jams, honey, tapenade, pastas and gourmet chocolate. Phone: 631-983-8804 | Address: 51 Deer Park Ave. Click to taste

The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, Southampton

Cheese, fondue, paninis, wraps and signature salads are all available at The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe, located right on Main Street in Southampton. Before heading to work, stop in for a croissant, scone, muffin or something more filling such as an egg sandwich. This cheese shop also gets creative by offering smoothies on the menu. And if you’re looking for grilled cheese to be delivered to your doorstep, The Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe has a Grubhub account. Phone: 631-283-6949 | Address: 11 Main St. Click to taste