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Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese

Cooking
Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(572 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

(572 Reviews)
Beer and Cheese: Winter Warmers

1/16/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Beer and Cheese: Winter Warmers


Fun experience with very animated Beer and Cheese leaders who were very knowledgeable about their subjects. really interesting selections, quite varied in taste, texture and smells. We loved several of the cheese enough to drop some serious $$ for our supply afterwards in the cheese shop. Go and have a good time

Mozzarella Making

1/16/2019
Amaya B.

Attended: Mozzarella Making


Good fun good instructor, nibbles and wine included in class plus a discount voucher for the cheese shop

Pairing Perfection: Meat Lovers Edition

1/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Pairing Perfection: Meat Lovers Edition


It was nice but wasn’t good value for the cost.

Cheese 101

1/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


We really enjoyed this class!! The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I would love to do another class at Murray’s.

Grilled Cheese Making

1/13/2019
Karen H.

Attended: Grilled Cheese Making


I enjoyed the class and for me there was just the right amount of information about the cheese. I would have liked to have been more involved in the process of actually making the sandwich. But the end product was delicious!

Mozzarella Making

1/12/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Mozzarella Making


The taste testing and part of the class was great and the mozzarella making part was very interesting.

Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101

1/8/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101


This was oir first class at Murray's and we really enjoyed it. PROS: *Really knowledgeable and fun instructors who did a great jov of moving the class along. *Beautiful classroom *High quality whiskeys and cheeses and a very nice variety of samples. CONS: *I know the cheeses selected were pretty premium and thus a treat to try, but the portions were a weeee bit smaller than what I wouldve loved to see given class price. Would highly recommend!

Wine & Cheese Pairing

12/30/2018
Jeffrey W.

Attended: Wine & Cheese Pairing


Loved the class. It was educational and fun. We flew in for this calls and would do it again!

Rollatini, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Making

12/17/2018
Lisa S.

Attended: Rollatini, Prosciutto and Mozzarella Making


Loved the class. Fun and informative.

Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101

12/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101


Pairings were ok at best. Size of cheese samples were disappointing.

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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

Sherry, Port, Madeira & Cheese
Sherry, Port, Madeira & Cheese
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Thursday Jan 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Grilled Cheese Making
Grilled Cheese Making
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Sunday Feb 3rd, 12pm - 1:30pm

Cheese 101
Cheese 101
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Monday Feb 4th, 7pm - 8:30pm

Bubbles and Cheese: A Sparkling Event
Bubbles and Cheese: A Sparkling Event
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Tuesday Feb 5th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Wine and Cheese: Mediterranean Masterpieces
Wine and Cheese: Mediterranean Masterpieces
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Saturday Feb 9th, 4:30pm - 6pm

Cheese 101 for Kids
Cheese 101 for Kids
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Sunday Feb 17th, 1pm - 2pm

Pairing Perfection
Pairing Perfection
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Tuesday Feb 19th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Wine & Cheese Pairing
Wine & Cheese Pairing
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Saturday Feb 23rd, 1pm - 2:30pm

Beer & Cheese Pairing
Beer & Cheese Pairing
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Saturday Mar 2nd, 5pm - 6:30pm

Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101
Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101
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Wednesday Mar 6th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Viva la España! Spanish Wine & Cheese
Viva la España! Spanish Wine & Cheese
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Saturday Mar 9th, 3:30pm - 5pm

Beer and Cheese Pairing w/ Angela Steil
Beer and Cheese Pairing w/ Angela Steil
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 14th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Vive la France: French Wines & Cheeses
Vive la France: French Wines & Cheeses
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Friday Mar 15th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Big Red: Red Wine & Cheese
Big Red: Red Wine & Cheese
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Saturday Mar 16th, 4:30pm - 6pm

Viva Italia: Italian Wines & Cheese
Viva Italia: Italian Wines & Cheese
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 23rd, 4:30pm - 6pm

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 Angela Steil 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 Jake Cohen 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 Michelle Hotaling 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 Philip Markle Philip Markle Philip Markle 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 Señor Lechuga Stéphane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell Summer Babiarz Sydney Willcox Traci Lee Travis Huang 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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