Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10 AM - 7 PM
Sundays, 10 AM - 6 PM
Essex Street Market
120 Essex Street
(Btw Delancey and Rivington)
New York, NY 10002
Saxelby Cheesemongers is located in the historic Essex Street Market on Manhattan's Lower East Side, one of New York's most vibrant and dynamic neighborhoods. Saxelby Cheesemongers opened in May of 2006, and was New York City's first shop dedicated solely to American farmstead and artisan cheese.
Essex Street Market is New York City’s most authentic and historic public market. The market was built in 1940 by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in an effort to ‘relocate’ (i.e. eradicate) the pushcart vendors that clogged the streets of the Lower East Side. The pushcarts symbolized the neighborhood in all of its melting pot glory - you could get just about anything (from groceries to socks) from the pushcarts, and the variety of food for sale was dizzying in its array.
At its height, the market was home to 475 vendors in four buildings that spanned Essex Street from Broome Street to Stanton Street, making it the food focal point for one of the city’s most commercial neighborhoods. In the early years, most of the merchants in the market were Jewish and Italian. As the demographics of the Lower East Side began to change in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the merchant base shifted to Puerto Rican and Dominican immigrants.
Essex Market is one of four remaining WPA-era public markets in New York City (La Marqueta in Harlem, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in the Bronx, and The Moore Street Market in Bushwick Brooklyn). In its 75 years of operation, the market has been witness to an ever-changing Lower East Side, all the while providing fresh food in a bare bones, authentic way that hearkens to Old World marketplaces. The Essex Street Market will be moving to a new home (just across Delancey Street!) in 2018, but will be open for business continuously throughout the transition.
We encourage you to make a trip over to the market to see what’s new (and enjoy what’s old!) at New York's original market!