Murray's Cheese

Cooking
Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(497 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

(497 Reviews)

6/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


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

6/6/2018
Dana D.

Attended: Cheese 101


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

5/15/2018
Jason F.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101


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

5/2/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Cheese 101


The class was super informative. I just wish we could have eaten the cheese sooner!

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

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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

Mozzarella Making
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Thursday Jun 21st, 6:30pm

Rosé Wine and Cheese
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Friday Jun 22nd, 6:30pm

Cheese 101
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Saturday Jun 23rd, 2pm

Burrata Making
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Tuesday Jun 26th, 6:30pm

Vive la France:Our Favorite French Wines & Cheeses Tour
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Thursday Jun 28th, 6:30pm

Wine & Cheese 101
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Saturday Jun 30th, 1pm

Eat Local: American Cheese 101
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Friday Jul 6th, 6:30pm

Infused Burrata Making
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Saturday Jul 7th, 1pm

Summer Cocktails and Cheese @ Murray's Cheese
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Saturday Jul 7th, 4pm

Summer Pairing Perfection
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Sunday Jul 8th, 2pm

Whisky & Cheese 101 with Bruichladdich
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Thursday Jul 12th, 6:30pm

French Cheese 101: The Art of French Cheese Aging
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Friday Jul 13th, 6:30pm

French Cheese 101
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Wednesday Jul 18th, 6:30pm

Rose Cider and Cheese
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Thursday Jul 19th, 6:30pm

Roltini and Mozzarella Making
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Friday Jul 20th, 6:30pm

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

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

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

Cheese 101: Night Cheese Edition
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Monday Jul 30th, 6:30pm

Viva Italia: Italian Wines & Cheese
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Sunday Aug 5th, 2pm

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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 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 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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