Ask food-obsessed New Yorkers where to go to buy some fancy cheese and they’ll unanimously respond: Murray’s. This expansive cheese retailer has been a New York mainstay ever since Murray Greenberg opened the original Greenwich Village shop in 1940.
In the 1970s, Greenberg sold Murray’s shop to his clerk, American-Italian Louis Tudda. At this point it was still a simple shop, catering to its Italian neighbourhood with butter, eggs, and block cheeses. It was in 1991 that Murray’s changed hands again and transformed into the cheese emporium that it is today.
Murray’s know-it-all (in a good way) cheesemongers now travel the world searching for the most exciting, quirky and irresistible cheeses. Shopping at Murray’s is educational and always involves leaving with more cheese than you thought you needed. Obviously, when it comes to cheese, that can only be a good thing.
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleeker Street, New York, NY 10014.
Photo: Murray’s Cheese.