Tour an Underground Cheese Cave

132You may have been to an underground wine cellar, but if you haven’t been to an underground cheese cave…

Murray’s Cheese Shop is a destination all on its own.  It’s a really neat cheese shop.  But, that’s just the ground floor retail space.  The neat thing about this store is that you could go underground and actually check out where the cheeses are stored and aged!  There are different caves with different climates catering to different cheeses.  Since this is a real storage facility for cheese to be sold, hygiene is handled with much care.  So, if you choose to take this tour, you’ll be treated with hair nets, lab coats, and booties.  It’s annoying and awesome at the same time.  Yes, I took a picture of myself in the cheesy outfit (pun intended).

While the retail shop is open for business daily, the Caves are not open to the public regularly.  You’ll have to register for a class or tour online ahead of time.  Space is limited, and these events could sell out.  So, I suggest planning ahead.

My favorite way to tour the Caves is with their Pour and Tour event.  That’s a happy hour like event featuring a variety of beer and cheese pairings.  In addition, you can a guided tour of the Caves.  They offer other versions of the tour that’s far more educational about the cheese making process.  I like cheese, but I don’t feel like I need to have a class about cheese.  So, a lighthearted beer and cheese event was the perfect introduction to the Caves for me.  It’s also the more economic option.  $30 will include a guide cheese cave tour which would take about an hour, and another hour of endless beer and cheese.  Doesn’t that sound like a good night?

Murray’s Cheese
254 Bleecker St. (Between 6th & 7th Ave.)
(212) 243-3289
Mon – Sat: 8AM TO 8PM Sun: 9AM TO 7PM
http://www.murrayscheese.com