Murray's Cheese

Greenwich Village, New York, New York
(461 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

(461 Reviews)


Attended: Whiskey Business: Whiskey & Cheese 101

Felt like whiskey/cheese pairing was a bit of a stretch. Whiskeys were great, cheeses were great but not sure about the pairing.

Beth G.

Attended: Murray's Cheese Caves Tour & Tasting

I loved it! Tours are capped to 12 persons, and we broke to 6 at a time to view/hear about smaller rooms. The guide seemed very knowledgeable and welcomed questions. The tasting after the tour was delightful and included wonderful descriptions of the plated samples. The tasting guide seemed very knowledgeable and welcomed questions. If you love cheese and the proprietor's description piques your interest do it! Murray's has done a wonderful job in structuring the tour and seeing the rooms where cheese is aged with explanation is very informative.

Joseph A.

Attended: Murray's Cheese Boot Camp

I really enjoyed this class, I've taken some classes at Murray's before but the bootcamp is really great if you want to be in this field. The instructors are very good at breaking down the science and making it actually fun to learn. I had a great time and my only complaint is that is was only 3 days cause a week of this would have been amazing!


Attended: Wine & Cheese 101

I liked it but it seemed a little expensive for the value. We were seated all the way at the back, and the wine portions were pretty stingy. I understand that it is a wine "tasting" - but you'd expect slightly more generous pours when you're paying that much for a class. Everything felt very rushed as well, like they were trying to get us out quickly (they even ended the class early). That being said, the cheese was delicious!!!

Jellie R.

Attended: Pairing Perfection

Very informative!

Frank N.

Attended: Wine & Cheese 101

I did not find the wines distinctive enough to create a unique taste when combined with the cheeses.

Friend R.

Attended: Whiskey Business: Bourbon & Cheese

So much fun!


Attended: Old World vs New World: Wine and Cheese

Great class. Learned a lot about wine and cheese. It felt a bit rushed to me - I think a two-hour class would have been better.


Attended: Oktoberfest Beer & Cheese 101

Interesting info shared and engaged teachers

Michele M.

Attended: Oktoberfest Beer & Cheese 101

The class was great! I learned a ton about beer and cheese. However, it didn't start until 6:40 pm so the end was rushed.

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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 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 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 & 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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