2014 Travel – The New York Edit: Murray’s Cheese Bar

9 Jun

Everyone knows I LOVE cheese. Its one of those things that features heavily in my day to day, and I often don’t even bother opting for the dessert menu, plumping instead for the cheese.

So imagine my delight when walking down the street in my adopted neighbourhood, I spotted Murray’s Cheese Bar.

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I waited till the boy arrived for his trip and casually pointed it out on a walk around the neighbourhood. “But we can’t JUST have cheese for tea?” I said out loud, while the little voice inside me screamed “WHYEVERNOT?!” “Yes we can” he responded, and my love for him was cemented forever. He gets the cheese.

We went in, and I nearly cried when I looked at the menu. Half is a list of actual meals that include cheese (think heavy on the mac and cheese, people!) and the other half has a Chef’s Selection, and a list of ‘flights’. These are three chesses paired with (if you wish) three wines that compliment, and the menu details the cheese, location and a short description of it, often including words like buttery and unctuous (great word).

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Image sourced from Murray’s Instagram feed

We opted for the chefs selection, 8 meats and cheeses picked for you by the cheese sommelier (1 – what a fantastic job and 2 – sounds like smellier, perfect for cheese :) ). When asked if there was anything I didn’t like I gave a blank and confused look and uttered “I.LIKE.CHEESE” while the boy was less struck for words and explained that he didn’t like blue cheese (I fear there might be something slightly wrong with him but lets gloss over that) I think as the waiter left I totally lost any composure I had and hollered “THE SMELLIER THE BETTER!” – Luckily I was among friends and everyone sympathised with my excitement.

On that note, I didn’t manage to take any photos. I thought I had, and when I got home I was devastated to find that I hadn’t captured anything. So the photos used in this post are from the Instagram feed of Murray’s Cheese Bar (phew!)

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Image credits as above

It was awesome. Soft cheese, hard cheese, semi hard cheese, rinded cheese – it was all there. Pecorino (Italy), Old Chatham Ewe’s Blue (NY), Aged Goat Gouda (Holland)… they were all there. Any paired with some lovely accompaniments like caramel and honey, they were to die for.

My advice? If you have a dairy intolerance, probably best to steer clear. Otherwise, if you are in New York (specifically the West Village) get a table and enjoy a blissful dinner. It’s been the highlight of New York for me so far.

Murray’s Cheese Bar | 264 Bleecker Street | West Village NYC | 646-476-8882

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8 Responses to “2014 Travel – The New York Edit: Murray’s Cheese Bar”

  1. Holly June 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Sounds fab! And great location – I love Bleecker St!
    When i was in nyc last we went to an amazing cheese fondue place- like specialises in it…
    I will just google it…

    Here you go…

    I recommend!
    “Kashkaval
    856 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-581-8282)
    What you get: Choose from four varieties of cheese fondue ($12 per person)—Swiss, cheddar and ale, Gorgonzola and Kashkaval—served with French bread. Additional dipping ammo comes in the form of sliced meats (kielbasa, chistorra, chorizo; $6) or raw veggies ($5).
    The experience: This charming cheese-shop-cum-wine-bar evokes fondue’s peasant origins, with deep cast-iron pots and generous baskets of crusty bread. Steer clear of the bland and rubbery Kashkaval (a Balkan sheep’s-milk cheese). Instead, order the garlicky Gorgonzola—perfectly gooey and surprisingly mild—before devouring the bittersweet dark-chocolate fondue ($10 per person), a guaranteed crowd-pleaser served with fruit and mini marshmallows.Kashkaval
    856 Ninth Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-581-8282)
    What you get: Choose from four varieties of cheese fondue ($12 per person)—Swiss, cheddar and ale, Gorgonzola and Kashkaval—served with French bread. Additional dipping ammo comes in the form of sliced meats (kielbasa, chistorra, chorizo; $6) or raw veggies ($5).
    The experience: This charming cheese-shop-cum-wine-bar evokes fondue’s peasant origins, with deep cast-iron pots and generous baskets of crusty bread. Steer clear of the bland and rubbery Kashkaval (a Balkan sheep’s-milk cheese). Instead, order the garlicky Gorgonzola—perfectly gooey and surprisingly mild—before devouring the bittersweet dark-chocolate fondue ($10 per person), a guaranteed crowd-pleaser served with fruit and mini marshmallows.”

  2. philosophermouseofthehedge June 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    What a cooool place. Very envious…may have to save up for a trip and try for myself!

  3. prenin June 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    I LOVE CHEESE!!! :P

    I’m on a diet and I’m supposed to lower my cholesterol by NOT EATING CHEESE!!! :(

    Next Thursday I have my shopping to do and I will be buying Mexicana cheese which is a mix of cheese and chilli peppers sliced very thinly.

    The bite is just nice once toasted and eaten with fresh sliced tomatoes!!! :P

    My favourite cheeses are Stilton and Danish Blue Cheese but I tried one cheese and found it tasting processed, but I’m buggered if I can remember its name!

    Great: Now I’m hungry again… :(

    Love and cheese dreamy hugs!!! :P

    Prenin.

  4. Go Jules Go June 9, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    Oh holy cow’s milk cheese!! One of my friends, one of those friends that really ‘gets’ me, actually bought me a Murray’s Guide to Cheese a few years ago, and I must have skipped right over the intro, because I didn’t realize it was a shop in NYC!! I have just messaged you offline accordingly. You’ll be pleased to hear I finally turned a corner re: blue cheese, and now I can’t get enough!

    • tinkerbelle86 June 10, 2014 at 1:02 am #

      well good! Because otherwise we couldnt be friends

  5. susielindau June 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Yum!!! I am a cheese-aholic coming from the dairy State of Wisconsin! That looks delish!

    • tinkerbelle86 June 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      we’re like the xmen. I reckon if all of us slightly insane cheese lovers united we would rule the world!

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