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Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese

Cooking
Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(508 Reviews)

The History of New York's Oldest and Best Cheese Shop:

Murray Greenberg (never met him; he died before I got here) was a Jewish Spanish civil war veteran and communist who opened a wholesale butter and egg shop a few doors up Cornelia street in 1940. The old timers tell me that even though he was an old leftie, he was still a street smart capitalist who used to buy cheese cheap and trim it and sell it. In the 70's he sold the shop to his clerk Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant from Calabria.

The old shop was used like a bodega or a Korean deli is today; not only cheese was sold but cheap oil and tomatoes to the locals, who were predominantly Italian back in '91 when I bought the shop. That's changing now.

I'd left the family supermarket business in '85 to do full service specialty shops in New Jersey, where I was from. When my shop, in Princeton tanked with the crash of '87, I wound up in my brother's old apartment here in the Village (he's a lawyer and he'd moved to L.A.), wondering what to do with my life next. One day, when I was in line at the original shop, I heard Louis say he'd lost his lease and was closing. I made him an offer and moved the shop to the corner of Bleecker, where we stayed 14 years, until November '04, when we moved to our current location at Bleecker and Leroy.

Frankie came with the shop; he lived around here and had been the delivery boy, then a counterman through college, and stayed here when his folks returned to the island of Malta where they were from. Louis himself worked for a year before he went back home. We'd hang out behind the counter selling cheap cheese, mostly commodity stuff bought on deal.

Around ten years ago we got serious about the good stuff, and at first we couldn't sell it. Now we can't keep it in stock! The first line we got in was Neal's Yard Dairy cheese, and boy, did it sit there in the case. The old neighborhood is changing. Zito's bread, older than Murray's even (1920) is gone, and so is the pioneer of all, Balducci's up on 9th St. (Citarella's there now). But the new customers are a lot younger and hipper.

We always had a good staff, though this is by far the best. I'm often grouchy, but everyone else was, and is, really very nice. Go figure. And the business grows each year.

These days I can barely keep up on all the new stuff that's going on: we have a kitchen, a new web site, mail order, a gift catalog, a classroom and cheese caves. It's not quite anarchy but it's certainly not corporate. It's the Village: artists, folkies, poets, creative types have made this their home for over a century. Our shop in Grand Central even has the feel of it.

The main thing is to let the customers see our passion, that's what it's all about. Turn them on to whatever we've got going. Taste it yourself. My Grandpa, whose own store is in a picture above the dairy case (ca. 1925), and an immigrant (Russian Jewish) himself, always said, in that sort of accent of his, 'go on, take a taste.' Nothing's changed, I suppose. We tell them, 'here, take a taste.'

--Rob

Reviews of Murray's Cheese

(508 Reviews)
French Wine and Cheese 101

7/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: French Wine and Cheese 101


Hi there. I am actually very disappointed in this class. It was listed as “French wine and cheese 101“ but in the end, it was a cheese class with some wine paired with cheese. It wasn’t satisfying wine, there was even a cider, and two dessert wines out of 6 drinks. We learned nothing about wine as the instructor was a cheese specialist only and seemed to have haphazardly selected wines only as an afterthought to the cheese. This is not what I expect in rolling in a French wine and cheese course. It was not about wine at all, and wine is why I had signed up for the class. I realize it was that was at Murray’s cheese, so that cheese would be more prominent than perhaps other wine courses, but this had nothing to do with wine and it came up under wine classes when I searched on course horse. I would not have signed up for this class if I understood what it was. This is a mislabeled class and it is misleading. I was not the only participant who was confused and disappointed. I wish I had not spent the money.

Mozzarella Making

7/12/2018
Olivia H.

Attended: Mozzarella Making


Wonderful instructer (Melissa), great content and flow, and I really enjoyed the process as well as what came with the price of the class. Would absolutely do it again!

Wine & Cheese 101

7/7/2018
Jessica W.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


We had a great time at this class. A relaxed and open setting that invited questions and discussion. I felt feeling more knowledgeable when faced with 350 different cheeses to choose from!

Wine & Cheese 101

7/6/2018
Olivia K.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


This was a lovely experience! The wines and cheeses were amazing and the experts were knowledgeable and fun. The only reason I left off one star is because 90 minutes was fairly long for 6 wines and cheeses, and the seating area was tight - one person spilled a wine because the next participant’s arm was in the way. It was difficult to pass water, nuts or fruit without hitting someone or their wine.

Mozzarella Making

7/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Mozzarella Making


Yes, we learned the essentials of making mozzarella but it was a very basic class ... a social event. My cheese was very rubbery. The whole point of learning to actually “make” the cheese was to make the beautifully tender fresh cheese. Didn’t happen. Lots of wine, charming, funny teacher. But a brief order of steps could have been provided. I’m sure the whole group was pleased, I wasn’t.

Cheese 101

6/27/2018
Arthur L.

Attended: Cheese 101


Wonderful experience

Cheese 101

6/24/2018
Jenna R.

Attended: Cheese 101


Great instructor, very knowledgeable, answered all our annoying questions :) liked that the wine kept flowing also

Wine & Cheese 101

6/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


Had a great time! Good class to learn the basics and the teachers were very knowledgeable.

Cheese 101

6/6/2018
Dana D.

Attended: Cheese 101


Very informal and fun! Found a few cheeses I liked.

Wine & Cheese 101

5/15/2018
Jason F.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


Instructor was well informed and knew an unbelievable amount of information regarding products being tasted.

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254 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10014
Murray's Cheese
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
254 Bleecker St
Btwn 6th & 7th Avenues
New York, New York 10014

Upcoming Classes at Murray's Cheese

Wine & Cheese 101
Wine & Cheese 101
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Monday Jul 23rd, 6:30pm

Burrata Making
Burrata Making
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Tuesday Jul 24th, 6:30pm

Cheese 101
Cheese 101
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Wednesday Jul 25th, 6:30pm

Beer and Cheese 101
Beer and Cheese 101
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Thursday Jul 26th, 6:30pm

French Cocktails and Cheese
French Cocktails and Cheese
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Friday Jul 27th, 6:30pm

Mozzarella Making
Mozzarella Making
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Saturday Jul 28th, 1pm

Summer Sparklers, Sparkling Wine and Cheese
Summer Sparklers, Sparkling Wine and Cheese
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Saturday Jul 28th, 3pm

Get Your Grill On: Grilled Cheese Party
Get Your Grill On: Grilled Cheese Party
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Sunday Jul 29th, 2pm

Summer Pairing Perfection
Summer Pairing Perfection
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Wednesday Aug 1st, 6:30pm

Rosé Wine and Cheese
Rosé Wine and Cheese
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Thursday Aug 2nd, 6:30pm

Summer Cocktails and Cheese @ Murray's Cheese
Summer Cocktails and Cheese @ Murray's Cheese
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Friday Aug 10th, 6:30pm

Viva la España! Spanish Wine & Cheese
Viva la España! Spanish Wine & Cheese
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Tuesday Aug 14th, 6:30pm

Murray's Cheese Caves Tour & Tasting
Murray's Cheese Caves Tour & Tasting
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Saturday Aug 18th, 11am

Viva Italia: Italian Wines & Cheese
Viva Italia: Italian Wines & Cheese
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Wednesday Aug 22nd, 6:30pm

Red Wine for Summertime and Cheese
Red Wine for Summertime and Cheese
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Saturday Aug 25th, 3pm

Grilled Cheese Making
Grilled Cheese Making
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Sunday Aug 26th, 2pm

Pairing Perfection: Meat Edition
Pairing Perfection: Meat Edition
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Friday Aug 31st, 6:30pm

Infused Burrata Making
Infused Burrata Making
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Saturday Sep 1st, 1pm

Blue Nectar Tequila and Cheese
Blue Nectar Tequila and Cheese
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Thursday Sep 13th, 6:30pm

Scotch and Cheese with Clay Risen
Scotch and Cheese with Clay Risen
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Tuesday Oct 23rd, 6:30pm

Teachers at Murray's Cheese

Aaron Foster Aaron Foster and Justin Chearno Aaron Foster and Jon Lundbom Aaron Foster and Sascha Ingram Adam Moskowitz Adam Ford Adeline Druart Alexandra Leaf Allan Roth Allison Hooper Allison Hooper, Zoe Brickley, Chris George, Jamie M. & Jason Hinds Alyse Whitney Alyse Whitney and Christine Clark Amanda Parker Amanda Parker and Jordan Zimmerman Amanda Parker and Jeremy Adona Andy Hatch Anthony Belleveau-Flores Anuradha Jayakrishnan B.R. Rolya and Sascha Anderson Barbara Frank & Dan Belmont Beau Rapier and Beth Ann Coulton Becky Nawrocki Ben Anhalt Ben Granger and Sascha Anderson Ben Watson and Greg Hall Beth Ann Coulton Beth Ann Coulton and Joel Zighelboim Brad Knebel Brad Knebel & Anuradha Jayakrishnan Brad Knebel & Murray's Faculty Brian Ralph Brian McKenzie & Dan Belmont Bruno Gritti Carla Marina Marchese Chris Gray Chris George Chris Munsey Chris George and Sascha Anderson Chris George and Lillian Wilkie Chris George & Jordan Zimmerman Chris Munsey and Beth Ann Coulton Chris Munsey and Sascha Anderson Chris Munsey and Brian Ralph Chris Munsey and Brian Ralph Christine Clark & Carey Polis Christopher Briar Williams and Dan Belmont Claus Meyer Clay Risen Dan Belmont Dan Belmont & Jordan Zimmerman Darlene Hayes David Furer Dean Fisher Diane Flynt and Sascha Ingram Diane Flynt and Sascha Anderson Diane Flynt and Liz Thorpe Diane Flynt, Steve Wood & Andy Brennan Ed MacEachen Elias Cairo Elizabeth Chubbuck Elizabeth Chubbuck and Sascha Ingram Elizabeth Chubbuck and Diane Flynt Elizabeth Chubbuck and Lee Blumenschine Enric Canut Enrica Maffucci Eric Genau and Sascha Anderson Eric Genau and Beth Ann Coulton Ezra Sherman and Sascha Ingram Ezra Sherman and Sascha Anderson Ezra Sherman and Brian Ralph Ezra Sherman of Eve's Cidery and Murray's Faculty Garrett Oliver & Aaron Foster Gemma Paterson Gianaclis Caldwell Gidon Coll Greg Hall Greg Hall and Sascha Ingram Greg Hall and Aaron Foster Gregory Hall Heather Paxson James Christopher Tracy Janet Fletcher Jason Donnelly Jason Donelly and Susan Weldon Jeff O'Neil Jenn James Jennifer Mattson Jeremy Adona and Beth Ann Coulton Jeremy Adona & Anuradha Jayakrishnan Jeremy Adona and Sascha Ingram Jessica Allen Jim Hutchinson and Amanda Parker Jim Hutchinson and Sascha Ingram Joan Prior Joel Zighelboim & Elizabeth Chubbuck Jon Kielty Jon Lundbom and Jordan Zimmerman Jon Lundbom and Sean Kelly Jon Lundbom and Sascha Ingram Jon Lundbom and Josie Adams Jon Lundbom and Sascha Anderson Jon Lundborn and Brian Ralph Jordan Zimmerman Jordan Zimmerman & Roman Roth Jordan Zimmerman & Allan Roth Josie Adams Justin Philips and Sascha Anderson Justin Philips and Chris George of Beer Table Kamal Kouiri Kerin Auth Kerin Auth and Waldemar Albrecht Kirstin Jackson Kristina Sutter and Sascha Ingram Laene McCarthy & Murrays Faculty Lan Cheung Liz Thorpe Louella Hill Maison Mons Marina Marchese and Sascha Ingram Masha Hamilton Mast Brothers Master Sommelier Christopher Bates Matt Rainiei Matthew Ranieri May Matta Aliah Megan Giller Melanie Franks & Murray's Faculty Michael Steil Michael Kalish Michael Green Michael Green & Anuradha Jayakirshnan Michael Green and Sascha Anderson Mike Benz Murray's Faculty Murray's Cheese and Le Pain Quotidien's Staff Murray's Faculty and Jon Lundbom Murray's Faculty and Joel Zighelboim Murray's Faculty and B.R. Rolya of Shelton Brothers Murray's Faculty and Traci Donaldson Lee Murray's Faculty and Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey Nicolas Villalon Noah Rothbaum Orr Shtuhl Orr Schtul and Murray's Faculty Paolo Fontana Paul Kindstedt Ranith Librach and Elizabeth Chubbuck Rebecca Lando & Murrays Faculty Richard Olsen-Harbich Richard Olsen-Harbich & Murray's Cheese Expert Roman Roth Ryan Ross Rynn Caputo Sascha Ingram Sascha Anderson Sebastian De Martino Stéphane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell Summer Babiarz Sydney Willcox Traci Lee Victoria James Victoria James Waldemar Albrecht and Elizabeth Chubbuck Walshe Birney Zeke Freeman & Murray's Faculty Zeke Freeman and Liz Thorpe Zoe Brickley
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