Retailer Profile: Lucy’s Whey

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Lucy’s Whey recently opened a new store, Lucy’s Whey Carnegie Hill, on the Upper East Side, in addition to their original shop in Chelsea Market. Lucy’s Whey Carnegie Hill carries around 100 cheeses at a time. “We emphasize American artisanal cheese because our roots are in American cheese,” says Amy Thompson, “but with a larger cheese case than our earlier shops, we decided to expand our selection to highlight some European cheeses as well.”

The shop is proud to be carrying some cheeses from Peter Dixon’s new operation, Parish Hill Creamery. “We are currently featuring the Humble Herdsman, a plump semi-firm cheese washed in hard cider that Peter makes himself,” says Amy. They also have West West Blue, a stunning Gorgonzola-style cheese with beautiful pepperiness. Another cheese that customers can’t get enough of is Oma from Von Trapp Farmstead/Cellars at Jasper Hill.

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In addition to their cheeses, Lucy’s Whey Carnegie Hill carries a variety of cheese-centered grocery items, such as olive, crackers, pickles, jams, and honey, as well as great chocolate and craft beer.

In their wine bar, which is attached to the cheese shop, Lucy’s Whey serves small plates, grilled cheese, salads, and soups, and carry some of the dishes in their retail store for takeaway. “By sharing space with a wine bar, we are able to create an atmosphere in which customers can sample delicious food while dining with us and take some of those elements home to continue the experience – whether it’s in the form of a takeaway meal or some of the artisanal ingredients and cheeses we highlight in our dishes,” says Amy.

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At the wine bar, a Mac & Cheese featuring pasta in a creamy béchamel, topped with Comté and cheddar is a favorite. “It’s been a lifesaver during this super cold New York winter!,” says Amy. The wine bar also has two Sherries they serve, one a tangy Fino and one in the East India Solera style that is a bit sweet. Amy recommends both as great partners for many kinds of cheese.

Lucy’s Whey Carnegie Hill
1417 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY  10128
(212) 289-8900 

Cheese Shop Hours:
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

Café and Wine Bar Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 8 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm


Published 4/2014