Murray's Cheese

Cooking
Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(372 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

(372 Reviews)

3/23/2017
Jane P.

Attended: Glenfiddich Scotch and Cheese


It was interesting to learn about about the history of Glenfiddich Scotch and the history of various cheeses. It was of enjoyable to sample both, and to learn about the inspiration behind the pairings of scotch and cheese. John and Jane Park

3/20/2017
Alicja P.

Attended: Cheese 101


Great instructor and very interesting class. Highly recommend for any cheese lover!

2/23/2017
Ramona K.

Attended: Mozzarella Making


This class was so great! Our instructor was such a doll as were the girls helping out. Everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly. I went with my mom and we had a wonderful time. I would definitely recommend this class to any cheese lover!

2/15/2017
Alison F.

Attended: The Most Decadent Valentine's Ever


Very knowledgeable hosts, absolutely over-the-moon delicious food and wine pairing. Very informative, definitely recommend. Come prepared to drop some cash afterwards, there will be new foods you cannot live without!

2/3/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Whiskey Business: Bourbon And Cheese


Really enjoyable and informative. Enjoyed it very much. Thank you!! Jack Oliva.

1/30/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Pairing Standoff: Spirits and Cheese 101


My girlfriend and I had a great time. The experts were really informative. We liked all of the pairings except for one, which gave us a better perspective on good vs. not so good spirits + cheeses. Definitely going to keep an eye out for future classes here!

1/17/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


The class was great! Everything was delicious, the instructors were so fun yet still taught me so much and the place was so cute. I am so happy with the class, I definitely got my money's worth!

1/4/2017
Brian O.

Attended: Cheese 101


Becky was awesome - the perfect blend of humor and knowledge!

12/20/2016
Anonymous

Attended: Hogwarts Holiday Cheese & Potions


Really really great person leading the class - great pairings and in general a merry time. Not a ton of food though for the cost of the class.

11/27/2016
Geoff B.

Attended: Big Red: Wine & Cheese


Great education! Would have liked better wines.

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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

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 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 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 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 Gianaclis Caldwell Greg Hall Greg Hall and Sascha Ingram Greg Hall and Aaron Foster Heather Paxson 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 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 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 Orr Shtuhl Orr Schtul and Murray's Faculty Paolo Fontana Paul Kindstedt Ranith Librach and Elizabeth Chubbuck Rebecca Lando & Murrays Faculty Ryan Ross Rynn Caputo Sascha Ingram Sascha Anderson Sebastian De Martino Summer Babiarz Sydney Willcox Traci Lee Waldemar Albrecht and Elizabeth Chubbuck Walshe Birney Zeke Freeman & Murray's Faculty Zeke Freeman and Liz Thorpe
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