Murray's Cheese

Cooking
Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(485 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

(485 Reviews)

4/4/2018
Claire P.

Attended: Drink Local:Evening of Wine & Cheese w/ Brooklyn Winery


The crowed was really rowdy....couldn't hear the instructors. $90 is a lot to spend for something that I didn't feel like I learned anything from. The space was too crammed too :(

3/27/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable, and it was a great environment! Love coming to these classes - would definitely recommend!

3/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Springtime Cocktails and Cheese


The drinks were quite small and the event overall seemed a little rushed, but all told another excellent event at Murray's Cheeses.

2/23/2018
Jackie B.

Attended: Cheese 101: Cavemaster Reserve


Teacher (cheesemonger) was highly knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining! The different cheeses were delicious and the wine glasses were constantly refilled. Great group of people. Fun for anyone who likes cheese!

2/13/2018
Josefine H.

Attended: Cheese 101


Super knowledge teacher and overall a really great and interesting introduction to cheese. Definitely made me come back for more!

2/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


Instructor was incredibly knowledgeable! She picked some great cheeses that were brand new to me

2/12/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


I've loved Murray's since I moved to NYC, so I thought to take this class. I liked the casual tone of the class/instructors, but felt it was a bit rushed. Most of the information went over my head, as I was not familiar with a majority of the wines/cheeses presented and there was little comparison made to more common cheeses the average person would know. Everything tasted great, but I walked out of the class learning only a very minimal amount more about how to pair wine and cheese by myself.

1/29/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


Generous cheese samples, snacks, and wine refills, and fun instructor!

1/28/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


I thought the leader of the course was awesome. I think her name is Beth Ann. She was so friendly, open, and really gave off a wonderful vibe. The ONLY thing that marred the experience was the rudeness of the attendees. Almost every couple thought it was perfectly acceptable to chat throughout. Beth Ann said nothing and I understand but it was incredibly rude and distracting - at certain points she had to raise her voice to be heard. If there was any way for Murrays to ask that people refrain from chatting while it was going on that would be great but I'm sure they can't. Also, it's just common sense when someone has the floor and is there to tell you something, it's polite to pay attention. But this is "generation entitled" and they have zero manners. I definitely want to take another course and I will make sure to sit in the front again.

1/25/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


It was pretty good. I'd taken one at Le Grand Triage that I liked better. The vibe there was cooler - classroom in a wine store, he had jazz playing, it just seemed more like a night out that this one which was upstairs at Murray's and felt a lot like a classroom. The people were quite nice though and I did learn a lot. The other students were friendly too - we had a good time all in all. One thing I would suggest though -- the cheese guy should wear a collared shirt. An old t-shirt seems way too casual to be up in front of a class. I know everybody is pretty sloppy now but I think how you dress reflects your attitude about the subject, so c'mon put on a decent shirt!

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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

Cheese 101
Next start date:

Monday Apr 23rd, 6:30pm

Honey & Cheese w/ Marina Marchese of Red Bee
Next start date:

Wednesday Apr 25th, 6:30pm

Wine & Cheese 101
Next start date:

Wednesday May 2nd, 6:30pm

Hot Sauce and Cheese
Next start date:

Thursday May 10th, 6:30pm

Vive la France! Loire Valley Wine and Cheese
Next start date:

Thursday May 24th, 6:30pm

Cider and Cheese
Next start date:

Friday May 25th, 6:30pm

Gin and Cheese
Next start date:

Saturday May 26th, 1pm

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 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 Christopher Briar Williams and Dan Belmont Claus Meyer Dan Belmont Dan Belmont & Jordan Zimmerman 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 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 Jim Hutchinson and Amanda Parker Jim Hutchinson and Sascha Ingram Joan Prior Joel Zighelboim & Elizabeth Chubbuck 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 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 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 Ryan Ross Rynn Caputo Sascha Ingram Sascha Anderson Sebastian De Martino Summer Babiarz Sydney Willcox Traci Lee 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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