Murray’s Cheese Bar

Since moving to NYC, I have grown to develop a terrible appreciation for 3 things that never used to be in my diet: burgers, pizza, and cheese. That just made me sound like a heart attack waiting to happen, but I promise that I maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle. Just because I like something doesn’t mean I’ll have it all the time. A cheese bar would have never sounded appealing to me 5 years ago. Now, my ears perk up, and I’m there.

I’ve bought cheese and tried the breakfast sandwiches at Murray’s Cheese before and really enjoyed the experience. Three doors down, they have an actual sit-down restaurant with a delightfully cheesy (heh heh) menu.

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The queso fundido was so delicious. It’s made of 3 different goat cheeses along with chorizo, tomatos, and jalapenos. The degree of yumminess was grossly disproportional to the size of the appetizer. We could have easily demolished two more of these.

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The burger comes with a rarebit cheddar sauce that sounded amazing. Seeing the struggle of trying to decide between the burger or the mac & cheese, they were lovely enough to give us a sampling of the rarebit cheddar sauce despite not ordering the burger. The rarebit cheddar sauce is the real deal though, savory and hearty with a mustardy tang.

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Mac & blue is topped with bacon and crispy fried onions.

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I went the simplest route with the Murray’s melt – grilled cheese with a cup of tomato soup. Perfect for a cold day.

Murray’s Cheese Bar
264 Bleecker St (btw Cornelia & Morton) New York, NY 10014

Melt Shop

Ever since starting work this week, the weather has been horrendous – either pouring, flooding rain or in today’s case, snow. I’ve been too lazy to cook since coming back from vacation, so lunches have been a quick dash to the Chipotle or Potbelly next door to avoid any additional time outdoors. It made me miss the lunching adventures we used to go on, such as a trip long ago for some grilled cheese sandwiches at Melt Shop.

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Ahhhh…back when it was warm, and we had the luxury of eating outside.

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Here we have the 3 cheese – gruyere, havarti, goat cheese & roasted tomatoes on sourdough. It’s too bad my closeup didn’t focus correctly and came out blurry. I admit I get my cheeses confused, and I couldn’t taste the difference of having all these different cheeses in here compared to just one. It was just…very cheesy.

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This one is call the dirty – pepperjack and muenster cheese with caramelized onions, pickled jalapeños, sliced tomato, and crunchy potato chips. The crunchy potato chips remind me of my grandparents who used to always put potato chips in their sandwiches (I have no idea why…they just thought it was the most logical thing to do). I used to scoff at them for not eating chips the right way, but this surprisingly seemed to work.

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Parmesan tater tots are the best things ever though. I come back to the Melt Shop over and over again more for the tater tots than for the grilled cheese. Hot and crispy, with just the right amount of parmesan sprinkled on. I really like tater tots. I really really really like tater tots.

Melt Shop
Multiple Locations; 601 Lexington Ave (btw 53rd and 54th) New York, NY 10022