Rob Kaufelt, Murray’s proprietor, is world-renowned for his ability to select exotic and delectable cheeses from France, Italy, Spain, England and other countries. By moving his retail operation across Bleecker Street, he has more than doubled the size of his operation and added hundreds of new products that go well with cheese, from fig spread to breads and crackers to pates and so on. Also you'll find cheese course classes, cheese tastings, and literally everything under the sun and all things cheese in this dairy emporium. Can't make it downtown? Murray's also has a small outpost in the Grand Central food hall.
Founded in 1940 by Murray Greenberg, Murray’s is part of Greenwich Village'a rich food history. Murray was a Jewish veteran of the Spanish Civil War who was rumored to be a Communist – but pay no mind, he was a smart capitalist 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 had a lot of block cheeses and catered to the little Italian enclave that Bleecker Street was at the time. Rob Kaufelt bought the Murray’s in the early 90s when standing in line one day at Murray’s he heard then-owner Louis Tudda say that he was closing the shop. Rob made him an offer, becoming the third owner of New York’s oldest cheese shop, joining a neighborhood of small food shops that catered to locals and visitors alike.
Since then Rob has been traveling the globe, finding new cheeses that no one had ever heard of and bringing them back to the US. He and his team travel regularly both in Europe and across the US in search of the new and great artisan cheeses being produced from California to Vermont and from Athens to Wales. And everywhere in between.