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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A tour guide walks in to a Cheese Bar...

Murray's Cheese Shop has been featured on our Original Greenwich Village Tour since we launched the tour in 1999. We were SO excited when Murray's opened their first restaurant, Murray's Cheese Bar, a few doors down from their flagship store last year.

Murray's Cheese Bar is an awesome place to stop by and relax after a tour. They have an outstanding wine and beer selection and if you have room after the tour, you should absolutely order a cheese plate to share. In fact, Chef Michele Pulaski recommends that every guest start their meal with a cheese plate.  And that's just what we did!

The folks at the Cheese Bar were nice enough to host us for lunch recently where they shared with us the menu items they are most proud of. We started with the "Cheesemongers Choice" flight which is a great way to get a custom made selection featuring the best cheeses Murray's has at that time. Cheese is seasonal, similar to other foods we eat, so trying cheese at it's peak is definitely the way to go.

Cheesemongers Choice

Our second course was one of the few non-cheese selections, a new take on the classic Niçoise salad, served each ingredient laid out on a cheese board for a gorgeous presentation.

Niçoise Salad

Then came the Monger's Masterpiece Sandwiches, and what masterpieces they were!

Current selections include:
  • Solo di Bruna Parmigiano, prosciutto, sunflower sprouts & arugula on focaccia
  • Challerhocker, pepperoni, chipotle-pickled carrots, bell pepper, sunflower sprouts & Piri Piri aoili on Ciabatta
  • Taleggio, finocchiona, cucumber, arugula, roasted tomato & grain mustard on French baguette

Tour Guide Bert, Chef Michelle Pulaski and our new Director of Development, Lindsay

It wouldn't be a cheese restaurant without a knock-out macaroni and cheese!!! Murray's Cheese Bar has not one but two versions on the menu. And yup... we tried both! Their classic Mac & Cheese - cheddar, Scharfe Maxx, gruyere and gouda with crispy fried onions and the Mac & Blue "Mac & cheese all grown up" - smoky blue and bacon topped with crispy fried onions.

Mac & Cheese

To finish off the cheese extravaganza, we got to try their homemade cheese ice cream! They have multiple flavors. We tried the strawberry and brie ice cream. Sorry, no pictures of the ice cream... we ate it all before we remembered to snap a photo, LOL.

Thank you Michele and everyone at Murray's Cheese Bar for a delectable afternoon!

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