New York – Manhattan – Greenwich Village – Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street runs through the centre of Greenwich Village. There are heaps of interesting shops along here. These are a couple of my favourite foodie ones.

Faicco’s Sausage Shop (Intermediate A), 260 Bleecker St, right next door to Murray’s Cheese Shop below.

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As the name implies, this is the place to come for your Italian-style deli meats.

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And other key Italian ingredients.

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I had the Italian Special sandwich (with Prosciutto, ‘Cappy’ (Coppa) Ham, Soppressata, Mozzarella, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Red Peppers, phew!) which was pretty damn good (B+).

It was way too much for one though so a lucky tramp got the other half.

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On a recommendation I had a bottle of Manhattan Espresso Soda which was better than I thought it would be (B).

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Murray’s Cheese Shop (Intermediate A), 254 Bleecker St, www.murrayscheese.com, right next door to Faicco above.

A temple to cheese with an impressive range of varieties on offer, and a multitude of other exotic deli items.

I tried the ‘Murray’s Melt’, basically a toasted cheese sandwich on plain white bread. It involves a secret recipe apparently (B). Back home we would add a bit of Henderson’s to make it Yorkshire Rarebit but I couldn’t detect any added sauce.

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Other places nearby I wanted to check out but didn’t have the time or stomach space are Kesté Pizzeria www.kestepizzeria.com at 271 Bleecker St and Pasticceria Rocco www.roccos.nyc at 243 Bleecker St.

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