New York City Tours & Sightseeing | M2M Tours – Murray’s Cheese Shop
Exploring one of New York City’s Most Beloved Destination for Local Food, “Murray’s Cheese Shop”
Murray’s Cheese may just be the most delicious piece of real estate in Manhattan and is one of the many local staples that every visitor should get a taste of while touring the Big Apple
Founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, a Jewish veteran of the Spanish Civil War, Murray’s first location took up space in what was then, one of the city’s many Italian enclaves, Bleeker street in Greenwich Village. Though it eventually became known as a cheese store, Murray (a rumored communist) originally built his business’s reputation as a butter and eggs shop with a selection of block cheeses, selling to retail customers and local restaurants a like.
Purchased twice since then and owned since 1991 by local NYC resident and family grocer, Rob Kaufelt, the store’s name has grown into the stuff of legend. In addition to a fine domestic selection of small batch cheeses, Mr. Kaufelt travels the world looking for the most delicious and unique selections to bring back to us here in NYC, a fact which has helped grow what was once a humble specialty foods shop into a cult franchise that enjoys a sterling reputation with local New York foodies.
In 2002, Murray’s opened a second location in Grand Central Station’s, “Central Market” and by 2004, the company had built NYC’s first “cave aging system” directly underneath the store’s Bleecker Street store – a concept that was later expanded it into an entire Long Island based production facility, complete with drying rooms. Murray’s offers cheese classes to tourists, local NYC restaurateurs and chefs alike and has been instrumental in helping to grow NYC’s incredible “farm to table” culture. If you can’t make it to one of their two locations, be sure to find Murray’s cheeses at a number of local grocery kiosk’s or on their website, by clicking here.
To learn more about all things “cheese”, take NYC’s best food tour with M2M or visit the Murray’s blog, ‘Curd on the Street’.