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.
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.
Beecher’s, 900 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 466 3340
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.
Cafeteria, 119 7th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 414 1717
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.
Spitzer’s Corner, 101 Rivington St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 228 0027
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.
Amy Ruth’s, 113 W 116th St, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 280 8779
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.
Heidi’s House, 308 E 78th St. #3, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 249 0069
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.
The Smith, 55 3rd Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 420 9800
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.
Butter NYC, 70 W. 45th St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 253 2828
Boulton & Watt
Gastropub, American, $$$
Boulton & Watt
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.
Boulton & Watt, 5 Avenue A, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 490 6004