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Murray's Cheese

Murray's Cheese

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Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(545 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

(545 Reviews)
Mozzarella Making

11/13/2018
Kate P.

Attended: Mozzarella Making


The first half of the class was mozzarella tasting, and the second was mozzarella making. It was the perfect length of time, unlimited wine, and very well organized. A really fun date night. It’s educational without being stuffy or boring. Would highly recommend.

Wine & Cheese 101

11/12/2018
Jacqueline D.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


The instructors were so knowledgeable and really broke down the flavor profiles for both the wines and cheeses and then gave specific reasons why the two paired so well together. We have done wine tasting courses on the East End of Long Island but never had such an educational experience. Can’t wait to book another class in the future!

Mozzarella Making

11/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Mozzarella Making


I was initially scheduled to take this with a friend, but something came up somewhat unexpectedly for them and Coursehorse or Murray’s - I’m not sure which - would not allow him to transfer our tickets to another date, so I had to take this alone. Instructor was really good, but I did think this was overpriced for what you got: a 20 minute wine/cheese tasting, a 15 minute break, another 20-30 minutes watching the demonstration then making the cheese. We ended almost 20 minutes early; didn’t feel like I got $100 value out of this experience.

Chocolate & Cheese

10/31/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Chocolate & Cheese


The cheese and chocolate were absolutely delicious! The instructors were informative, funny and very nice!

Grilled Cheese Making

10/30/2018
Rebecca S.

Attended: Grilled Cheese Making


Excellent class. Not what I had expected. They gave you samples of the best cheeses to use to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches and explained why each cheese was appropriate. You then selected your cheeses for your sandwich, and they gave you accompanying toppings which were wonderful, and you chose those you liked best for your sandwich. Loved the toppings which gave a distinctive taste. You can buy cheeses and toppings at their beautiful store downtown. They serve wines which they refill as needed. Fun experience. Worth taking more than once.

Cheese and Cocktails in the Upsidedown: Stranger Things

10/28/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese and Cocktails in the Upsidedown: Stranger Things


Instructor was lovely, knowledgable, and funny to boot.

Wine & Cheese 101

10/23/2018
Julie R.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


The seating was beyond tight and I found a long hair stuck in one of the soft cheeses and one of my wine glasses had greasy finger prints on it. Very careless mistakes for the price. Otherwise instructors were interesting.

American Beer and Cheese

10/13/2018
Jana O.

Attended: American Beer and Cheese


Great class!

Rosé Wine and Cheese

9/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Rosé Wine and Cheese


Loved this class! Both instructors were very funny and informative. We learned so much and the wines and cheese were delicious!

Pairing Perfection: Meat Edition

9/1/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Pairing Perfection: Meat Edition


I was seated in the last row and it was difficult to hear as there was quite a bit of noise in the staircase / hallway and the noisy ac. But the meat and cheese were delicious.

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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

Beer and Cheese
Beer and Cheese
Next start date:

Wednesday Nov 21st, 6:30pm - 8pm

Winter Warmers: Holiday Cocktails & Cheese
Winter Warmers: Holiday Cocktails & Cheese
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 24th, 4:30pm - 6pm

Pairing Perfection
Pairing Perfection
Next start date:

Monday Nov 26th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Pairing Perfection: Brunch Edition
Pairing Perfection: Brunch Edition
Next start date:

Sunday Dec 2nd, 12pm - 1:30pm

Burrata Making
Burrata Making
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Tuesday Dec 4th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Champagne Bollinger and Cheese
Champagne Bollinger and Cheese
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Saturday Dec 8th, 4:30pm - 6pm

Mozzarella Making
Mozzarella Making
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Sunday Dec 9th, 2pm - 3:30pm

Wine & Cheese 101
Wine & Cheese 101
Next start date:

Monday Dec 10th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Get Funked Up: Funky Cheese and Beer
Get Funked Up: Funky Cheese and Beer
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Tuesday Dec 11th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Botanical Spirits & Cheese with Forthave Spirits
Botanical Spirits & Cheese with Forthave Spirits
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Wednesday Dec 12th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Cider and Cheese
Cider and Cheese
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Tuesday Dec 18th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Grilled Cheese Making
Grilled Cheese Making
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Saturday Dec 22nd, 1pm - 2:30pm

Pairing Perfection: Cheese and Sweets
Pairing Perfection: Cheese and Sweets
Next start date:

Sunday Dec 23rd, 4pm - 5:30pm

Cheese 101
Cheese 101
Next start date:

Thursday Dec 27th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Winter Cocktails and Cheese
Winter Cocktails and Cheese
Next start date:

Friday Dec 28th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101
Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101
Next start date:

Monday Jan 7th, 6:30pm - 8pm

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 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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