The 10 Best Mac & Cheeses In New York City.

Kathryn Chou

New York City is known for its endless dining options and unique twists on mainstay dishes. Macaroni and cheese, a worldwide favorite hailing from England, is made throughout the City’s best restaurants and cafés from many different recipes, including Southern-style, drizzled with truffle oil, and stuffed into crispy spring rolls. Here, we bring you our top 10 venues for mac and cheese in New York City.

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1. Beecher's

Cheesemonger, Charcuterie, American, Vegetarian

Gooey tubes of penne pasta ooze with Beecher’s special cheese sauce recipe which is made with two types of their homemade cheese, the Just Jack and Flagship cheese. A dash of garlic powder and a hint of chipotle pepper really give this mac and cheese multi-layers of flavor. Do yourself a favor and opt for the large size to begin with. You’ll thank yourself later.

2. Cafeteria

Restaurant, American

Whether you’re the cheddar, fontina or gouda type, Cafeteria has them all and more. This Chelsea mainstay offers three varieties of mac and cheese, cheddar and fontina, smoked gouda and bacon, and mac and cheese with truffle oil. The indecisive need not fret. The Mac Attack is their mac and cheese sampler that gives a generous tasting of all three. There are even mac and cheese spring rolls that come with a gouda dipping sauce that are gooey, crispy and delicious.

3. Maison Harlem

Restaurant, French

This is a French-leaning Harlem restaurant, so of course Maison Harlem’s mac and cheese would be French and fabulous and have truffles. The top of this mac and cheese is the best part, golden crusted and topped with herbs.

4. Spitzer's Corner

Gastropub, Restaurant, Pub Grub

The secret to Spitzer’s mac and cheese is the panko, a Japanese breadcrumb. It gives this parmigiano reggiano, fontina and white cheddar mac and cheese just the right amount of crunch and texture. The cheese sauce is seasoned with rosemary and thyme which gives these noodles a touch of earthiness and pairs perfectly with any of their citrus IPAs.

5. Amy Ruth's

Restaurant, North American

If you want a fancy mac and cheese, Amy Ruth’s is not the place. Don’t expect fancy pasta, a variety of cheeses, or a showcase of herbs and spices. This is down home, tried and true, Southern mac and cheese. The kind where the cheese sauce and macaroni noodles are so intertwined that they practically become one. It’s the kind of dish that proudly touts its simplicity, which is why we love it.

6. Heidi's House

Restaurant, Gastropub, Bar, American, Vegetarian

Heidis House, New York
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The Heidi’s House menu mentions that the mac and cheese may take up to 25 minutes to prepare – which we’re fine with because Chef Cipriano Pita assembles it fresh with the desired add-ins of your choice. Go for bacon, chorizo sausage or lobster, either way when this golden-crust beauty comes out of the oven, it won’t disappoint.

7. The Smith

Restaurant, American

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The Smith’s mac and cheese is substantial enough to split for two. Cheese bubbles over the top and down the sides of the cast-iron dish it comes served in which ensures it’ll stay hot well through your first round of drinks. If you like a wet and gooey mac and cheese you’ll love this one from The Smith.

8. Butter NYC

Restaurant, American

Boulton & Watt
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When upscale restaurant Butter NYC meets down-home comfort food you get an amazing gnocchi mac and cheese. Gnocchi pillows pile high on top of each other and are covered in a thick and creamy cheese sauce with a sprinkle of freshly cut chives.

9. Boulton & Watt

Gastropub, American

Boulton + Watt, New York, USA.
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You’d expect for an American gastropub to execute mac and cheese exceedingly well, and Boulton & Watt sure does. The white cheddar gives this mac and cheese a touch of tanginess, but what makes this dish really great is the persillade breadcrumbs which are mixed with parsley, garlic, herbs and oil.

10. Jacob's Pickles

Restaurant, American, Fast Food

This Upper West Side neighborhood favorite offers a saucy mac and cheese that’s big enough for a table to split. It’s the crunchy ends of their baked penne noodles that float in a pool of cheesy sauce that makes this one of the best.

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