Founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, Murray’s Cheese is proud to be a Greenwich Village tradition and part of the neighborhood’s rich food history, along with neighboring destinations like Faicco's, Ottomanelli's and Rocco's. It’s a pretty safe bet to say that we’re cheese obsessed: our goal is to find the most delicious cheese and specialty grocery items from across the globe, teach you a bit about them, and then make sure you enjoy them.
Murray Greenberg was a Jewish veteran of the Spanish Civil War who built a great reputation for the business. In the 70s, Murray sold the shop to his clerk Louis Tudda, an Italian immigrant from Calabria. In those days, it was a humble butter and eggs shop that sold a lot of block cheeses and catered to neighborhood’s Italian neighbors.
Rob Kaufelt bought Murray’s in 1991 and began traveling the globe, finding new and undiscovered cheeses and bringing them back to the U.S. Our team still travels regularly in Europe and across the U.S. in search of new and great artisan cheeses – from California to Vermont, Athens to Wales – and everywhere in between.
In our 75+ year history, Murray’s has evolved into a world-renowned specialty food destination that offers the finest selection of cheese, meat and grocery items. We opened a second location in Grand Central Terminal in 2002. Our businesses also include a wholesale team that sells to 600+ restaurants and hotels, an E-commerce business, year-round Educational programs, our full-service restaurant Murray’s Cheese Bar, catering and state-of-the-art cheese aging caves in Long Island City, New York.
The main thing that makes Murray’s special is our passion for cheese – and we love to share it with our friends and customers. Please stop by for a sample next time you’re in the neighborhood!
ROB KAUFELT, FORMER OWNER AND STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Rob Kaufelt grew up in a grocery family – his grandfather had a shop in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, where he’d hang out and hear Grandpa use his motto “Go on, take a taste” with every customer. After graduating from Cornell University, he joined the family business, where he managed the company’s rapid growth in the 1980s as President. Rob eventually moved to the Village and decided he was going to work in specialty foods. He was standing in line one day at Murray’s, when he heard then-owner Louis Tudda say that he was closing the shop. Rob made him an offer, becoming just the third owner of New York’s most beloved cheese shop.
A frequent writer and educator, Rob has been profiled in Crain’s New York, The New Yorker and the Daily Meal, and he authored The Murray’s Cheese Handbook (Random House, 2006).
In 2008, Murray's entered into an agreement with The Kroger Co. to expand Kroger’s specialty cheese program. Murray’s cheese shops can now be found in 350+ Kroger locations in 30 states. In 2017, The Kroger Co. purchased the equity of Murray’s Cheese, as well as the flagship store on Bleecker Street, to form a merger of the two companies. Rob remains with the company as a strategic advisor.