It's the sheer variety of fresh items to go and the busy, but friendly, atmosphere that most people remember after a visit. The area south of Manhattan's Houston Street was still a bleak warren of warehouses and small manufacturing companies when Ceglic designed the first store to evoke a turn of the century food department, with high ceiling fans spinning over a vast array of products that lined the high, white walls. Now, Dean & Deluca operates 14 retail stores and cafés throughout the US with three more stores and two cafés in Japan too. It also markets its own label products to other retailers and wholesalers throughout the world.
One visitor to the store in Manhattan notes: "The lovingly displayed selection of cheeses is one of the best in Manhattan, and the coffee is good enough that your out-of-town relatives might start pestering you for regular deliveries."
Location: New York, US
No. of stores: 19
Fact: First in US to sell balsamic vinegar