Murray's Sturgeon Shop

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Murray's Sturgeon Shop is a gourmet store and neighborhood fixture in Manhattan's Upper West Side. It is located on Broadway between 89th Street and 90th Street.

The shop was founded by Murray Bernstein in 1945.[1] A few years later, his brother, Sam, became a co-owner.[1] The Bernsteins were born in Poland and immigrated to New York in the 1930s to escape anti-semitism.[1]

The store specializes in smoked fish, especially sturgeon, and caviar.[1][2] In 1964, the New York Times described it as "one of the busiest places on Broadway" and praised its products as "first quality".[2] The store ships their fish all over the world, and in 1980 Murray's appetizers were being sold at the Neiman Marcus Epicure Shop in White Plains, New York.[3]

Show business personalities Sammy Cahn and Zero Mostel were regulars at the shop.[4]

In 1974, the shop was sold to restaurateur Artie Culter in turn who sold it to Ira Goller in 1990.[5]

Sam Bernstein died in 1977 and Murray Bernstein died in 2000.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Martin, Douglas (23 February 2000). "Murray Bernstein, West Side Sturgeon King, Dies at 87". New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Claiborne, Craig (10 March 1964). "Food News: Smoked Fish Delicacies". New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Fabricant, Florence (6 September 1980). "...Together With the Taste of New York; Chill at $5 a Pound". New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Sam Bernstein, Founder of Murray's, the Store Specializing in Sturgeon". New York Times. 18 May 1977. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  5. ^ "MURRAY'S STURGEON SHOP, Upper West Side". Forgotten New York. July 3, 2014. Retrieved 2019-11-29.

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Coordinates: 40°47′26″N 73°58′30″W / 40.79063°N 73.97504°W / 40.79063; -73.97504