Nestled in the peaceful shadow of Mount Joppenbergh, The Big Cheese is located in the center of Main Street, Rosendale.

The food is authentic, the people are real, and the atmosphere is the perfect microcosm of the incredible diversity that makes Rosendale a magnetic and magical little town.

The Big Cheese is a wonderful little restaurant that boasts good, healthy, nutritive food, local farm fresh goods, juices .. cheese from around the world… delicious menu of fresh salads, deli foods to gourmet goodies… freshly made Middle Eastern fare.. and some of the most inventive and scrumptious sandwiches this side of the Hudson! The Atmosphere is unique, warm inviting and friendly.

The Best little venue to explore the divinity of Cheese, Mediterranean Foods, Fresh Salads, Deli, Groceries, Kombuchas, Eat-in, Take-out, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Movie Snacks, Chocolates, Coffee, WiFi & Vintage selections!

The Big Cheese would be delighted to cater your next event. Artistically presented cheese platters, hors d-oeuvres, sandwich platters and authentic Mediterranean foods.


Selections form The Big Cheese Menu:

  • Greek Omelette – 2 eggs, feta, olives and tomato served with Turkish bread and a green salad garnish
  • Brie and Jam Panini – your choice of strawberry jam or Dalmatia fig spread wih creamy brie
  • Reuben Sandwich/Wrap – Applegate turkey OR roast beef, melted Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and sauerkraut
  • Goat Cheese & Pesto Sandwich/Wrap goat cheese, homemade pesto and mixed greens
  • Wild Omega Sandwich/Wrap – Your choice of wild caught sardines OR smoked baby clams with mixed greens, avocado, red onions, wasabi mayo and tomato
  • TBALT – Avocado, Applegate turkey bacon, mixed greens
  • Spinach and Feta Roll – served warm with butter or olive oil and sprinkled with za’atar
  • Goat Gouda and Ajvar Spread Panini – creamy and mild goat Gouda with roasted eggplant and red pepper spread and greens
  • Hummus/Baba ghanoush Wrap – warm pita filled with hummus baba ghanoush, cabbage salad, mixed greens and homemade tahini sauce