Brooklyn, NY

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A New York City dairy icon, Ben's Cheese originated on the Lower East Side of Manhattan alongside other fabled Jewish food institutions like Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, Russ and Daughters Appetizing, and Gus' Pickles. The original owner, Ben Gorodinsky, crafted delicious cream cheese, pot cheese, and other fresh cheese delicacies popular with neighborhood residents. In 1970, Ben sold to an Orthodox Jewish family who operated the business in its Houston Street storefront until 2007. The Friedman family then moved the business upstate New York to expand their production capacity where they have continued to produce what is to us, the best cream cheese money can buy.