New York’s 10 Best Mac and Cheeses

 

1. Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro Wine Bar at Midtown. 2. The Cellar at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese at Flatiron District. 3. Brooklyn Mac at Greenpoint. 4. Cafeteria at Chelsea. 5. Casellula at Hell’s Kitchen. 6. DuMont Burger at Williamsburg. 7. Jack the Horse Tavern at Brooklyn Heights. 8. Macbar at SoHo. 9. The Queens Kickshaw at Astoria. 10. S’MAC at East Village.

Invading the modern American dining scene and grasping the attention of glorified chefs, macaroni and cheese has long since left the confinements of Grandma’s casserole dish and has made its way to trendy tables across the country. Perhaps more than anywhere else, New York City houses a plethora of restaurants dedicated to perfecting the art of macaroni and cheese, providing locals and tourists alike with the warmth of home. Here are ten of the most talked-about examples from a variety of restaurants across the city.

“Featuring radiatore pasta, bacon and a Mornay sauce made from Gruyere, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, the dish is then finished off with more cheese and breadcrumbs.”

1. Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro Wine Bar Midtown ($14.50)

Chef Terrance Brennan, known for his one-of-a-kind renditions of French classics, prepares one of the best macaroni-and-cheese dishes in town, with ingredients selected from his “cave,” a room where cheeses from all over the world are aged to perfection. This version combines penne pasta, Mornay sauce, Parmesan and Gruyère cheeses, and is then topped with a crunchy layer of panko breadcrumbs. artisanalbistro.com

2. The Cellar at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Flatiron District ($5.50)

Cheese connoisseur Kurt Beecher Dammeier first set up shop in 2003 in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market, gaining national acclaim. Two years later, he took on New York, promising to deliver the “World’s Best Mac and Cheese” at his restaurant The Cellar, located downstairs from the shop. Not a resident of New York? You can have the World’s Best Mac and Cheese delivered to you for as little as $29 (plus shipping). beechershandmadecheese.com

3. Brooklyn Mac Greenpoint ($9.75)

A blend of artistry and neighborhood pride, Brooklyn Mac creates cheesy masterpieces with unique twists and neighborhood monikers. Greenpoint, for example, blends cheddar cheese, broccoli, horseradish and smoked kielbasa sausage. Other entrées on the menu pay homage to such enclaves as Williamsburg, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, each of them bold in taste and presentation. brooklynmac.com

4. Cafeteria Chelsea ($14)

Featuring delectable modern takes on classic American comfort dishes, Cafeteria has for 13 years served as a meeting spot for an eclectic bunch of New Yorkers, no matter the time. Open 24/7, the restaurant offers a wide array of selections but has notably become a refuge for late-night mac-and-cheese cravings (or hangover cures). With four options to choose from, Cafeteria makes deciding a bit easier with the Mac Attack, a small sampling of three different mac and cheeses. cafeteriagroup.com

5. Casellula Hell’s Kitchen ($14)

Casellula’s philosophy is simple: “To share our passion for cheese with as many people as possible.” While the restaurant is modest in appearance, Casellula showcases a daily list of 40 cheeses from around the world. Their mac and cheese blends Fol Epi, Comté and chèvre, and for a savory, unique taste, caramelized onions and lardons are added. casellula.com

6. DuMont Burger Williamsburg ($11)

DuMont Burger prides itself on being multifaceted. While specializing in the art of the sandwich, the restaurant has also gained notoriety for its DuMac & Cheese, which, according to locals, is one of the city’s best. Brainstormed by executive chef Polo Dobkin, DuMac features radiatore pasta, bacon and a Mornay sauce made from Gruyère, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. The dish is then finished off with more cheese and breadcrumbs. dumontburger.com

7. Jack the Horse Tavern Brooklyn Heights ($9)

Named after owner Tim Oltmans’ childhood fishing spot, Jack the Horse Tavern combines friendliness with finesse. The restaurant features an acclaimed mac and cheese with capatavi pasta and a fusion of smoked Gouda and Fontina. With a great bar to boot, this charming destination is perfect for a romantic dinner. jackthehorse.com

8. Macbar SoHo ($10.99/$12.99)

This place is serious when it comes to artistic combinations of pasta and cheese—so much so that the restaurant features yellow “cheddar” walls and elbow-shaped plating. Mac Bar’s menu is diverse, offering items such as the Mac Ruben (corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese) and the Mac Lobsta’ (lobster, cognac, tarragon, mascarpone). Anyplace that is this passionate about mac and cheese has to be tried. macbar.net

9. The Queens Kickshaw Astoria ($10)

The Queens Kickshaw was brought to life by husband-and-wife duo Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim, who longed to give back to the community and create a place that embodied their love for the neighborhood. This cozy restaurant does just that, serving as a bar and café, with a menu of all things cheesy. The Queens Kickshaw’s mac and cheese is so heavenly that it was recently dubbed the city’s best by New York magazine: Cheddar, Gruyère and smoked mozzarella combined with a drizzle of creamy tomato sauce all melds together to create an award-winning dish. thequeenskickshaw.com

10. S’MAC East Village ($19)

Short for Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese, this hideaway has perfected the comfort-food dish. S’MAC provides diners with a choice of 12 outstanding varieties, including the Mediterranean (goat cheese, sautéed spinach, Kalamata olives and garlic) and the Buffalo Chicken (cheddar and American cheese, chicken, hot sauce and blue cheese). smacnyc.com

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  1. You forgot Elbow Room Brooklyn. We would love to have your editors come in and try our Mac’s.

    Please let us know when you can stop by.

    Elena Jan 03 / 7:47 pm

  2. I would like to have the recipes for all 10 Lobster Mac & Cheese!
    Thank you, Elizabeth DeSalvo

    Elizabeth DeSalvo Aug 09 / 12:33 am

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