Auray Gourmet in Larchmont


So after visits to Walter’s and Sweet Teez a few weeks ago, I had one more stop on my food tour of the Sound Shore: Auray Gourmet. I adore this place for the care it takes in preserving its cheeses. They store them at the right temperature with the proper packaging, and know everything there is to know about them, from the type of milk they’re made with to the region they come from — whether in Spain, France, the U.S. or right here in the Hudson Valley.

This expertise comes at a price, too. I took home three cheeses, some marcona almonds and a box of crackers and my bill was almost $50. That’s OK. My husband calls me “the girl who loved to buy cheese,” and I am. I hope it doesn’t sound snooty, because I am the farthest thing from snooty, but we like to have a cheese course with a glass of port after many of our meals.

While we’re having a glass of wine before dinner, I get the cheese out of the fridge. It stays out while we cook and eat, and then, by the time we start winding down, the cheese is at the perfect temperature. If it’s soft, it gets all oozy and spreadable, which is a big bonus.

Auray is also a great place for a spot of lunch, as these local moms know:

And when it’s nice out, you can’t beat a table on the sidewalk:

I’m glad Doug and Katherine invited me to tag along on their hot dog and ice cream tour. And I went home with some fabulous cheese to show for it, too.

Aurary Gourmet, 144 Larchmont Ave., (at Gilder Street, one block in from Boston Post Road), Larchmont. 914.833.2274.

Have you been to Auray? What do you think?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I walked in and was so impressed with their selection. I went up to the counter and asked if they had my favorite, Maytag Blue Cheese. I was so disappointed they didn’t have it, or suggest any any other options. I don’t even think the guy behind the counter had ever heard of it.

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