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The 10 NYC Grilled Cheeses You Have to Eat Right Now

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015

And on the eighth day, God created grilled cheese, and it was good. Like, REALLY good -- so good that he was all, "Thrillist, can you dudes keepeth me apprised of the best grilled cheese in New York City at all times?" And lo, we totally did that below.

The Murray's Melt

Murray's Cheese Bar (address and info)
West Village
When the cheesemongers at Murray’s say they’ve perfected a blend of the best meltable cheeses for their house grilled cheese, you believe them. Be a damn pro and add Nueske’s crispy bacon and get ready to dip the whole thing in the bowl of creamy tomato soup that comes on the side.

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The Hangover Cure

DĂ©panneur (address and info)
You won’t find this grilled cheese (w/ avocado, a seven-minute egg, Sriracha, and sharp white cheddar) on Dep’s menu because it’s a secret shhhhhhhhhhhhh. This hidden menu item started as a Saturday morning special called "The Hangover Cure" for North 3rd locals, but has since been removed and left for underground neighborhood staple lore. Oh, and since I’m the one who created it, I’ve decided that it doesn’t have to be a secret anymore. You’re welcome.

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The Grilled Cheese

Pies-n-Thighs (address and info)
Lower East Side and Williamsburg
As a cheese person, you might be a little weirded out that there's a sandwich on this list featuring processed American mystery cheese. Hopefully not too weirded out to try Pies-n-Thighs' classic diner-style grilled cheese, though. House-made Buttermilk White Bread, about 10 slices of America’s finest, and a healthy dose of salty butter will make even the snobbiest of cheese people weep like their Netflix password doesn’t work when it’s -4 degrees outside.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Egg (address and info)
Egg’s candied bacon, pickled jalapeño, and Grafton Clothbound Cheddar grilled cheese is one of the most inspirational sandwiches in the city, perfecting a sweet, spicy, and savory flavor combination that proves to be the perfect format for grilled cheese awesome.

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Grilled Cheese

Fritzl's Lunch Box (address and info)
Sure, Fritzl’s may be famous for its cheeseburger, but this Swiss, cheddar, pickled pepper, and tomato jam grilled cheese is worth eschewing fame for. Oh, and if you don't add the roasted ham for $2 we can't be friends anymore.

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Lucy's Favorite Grilled Cheese

Lucy's Whey (address and info)
Chelsea and UES
The simplicity here approaches something beautiful. Lucy's classic GC achieves nuts-nuts-nuts depth of flavor while utilizing just two ingredients: Prairie Breeze, a mild and sweet cheddar-style cheese that’s made in Iowa, and fig and honey jam. It’s a classic jam & cheese pairing that they’ve turned into a grilled cheese and for that, they win.

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Melter Skelter

Melt Kraft (address and info)
South Slope
Melt Kraft pairs a sacred Swiss wedge of raw cow's milk cheese (aka raclette) with pickled green tomato and BBQ potato chips for an all-time-great grilled cheese experience. You pair that same grilled cheese with seconds.

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Taleggio, Salvatore Ricotta, and Kale Pesto

BKLYN Larder (address and info)
Park Slope
It wouldn’t feel right to not include a grilled cheese that featured Salvatore Ricotta. Not only is it one of the the world's best cheeses, but it’s also made right here in Brooklyn. Add in the fact that BKLYN Larder combines this fluffy cheese with tallegio, and its house made kale pesto, and you've got yourself a must-order melt.

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Sourdough Grilled Cheese

Pickle Shack (address and info)
Whoever said vegetarians are The Worst, clearly has never met the geniuses over at Pickle Shack, Brooklyn Brine’s veg-friendly restaurant, which piles roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli, pickled sweet peppers, and Consider Bardwell’s Pawlet cheese between two slices of grilled Sourdough for near-grilled cheese perfection.

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Adult Cheese

The Commodore (address and info)
The exact recipe of Commodore's GC is a mystery; but we've narrowed it down to a pimento (probably?) grilled cheese with some South of the border flair. It oozes with a perfect blend of cheddar, cream cheese, poblanos, and some sort of amazing salsa. Gahh, Just look at that beauty.

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1. Murray's Cheese Bar 264 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Your one stop shop for all things edible and made out of cheesy goodness. A cheese-tastic teaser? Think burger with a special Ottomanelli-blended patty topped with Prairie Breeze cheddar, then covered in a beer/cheese mixture tableside.

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2. DĂ©panneur 242 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Located on Wythe Ave in Williamsburg, DĂ©panneur is the proud distributor of snacks, confections, sandwiches, bar accessories (like bitters, sodas, and syrups) and more.

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3. Pies-n-Thighs 43 Canal St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Pies-N-Thighs serves exactly what its name suggests. Its signature menu item is the fried chicken box that includes three pieces of fried chicken with a buttermilk biscuit and choice of side -- and the pies on the dessert menu are equally noteworthy. If you're feeling guilty about going into a food coma afterwards, and take comfort in knowing all of the food and meat is certified organic and humanely raised.

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4. egg 109 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (Williamsburg)

Both food and atmosphere at this Williamsburg joint are Southern-inspired, which means a simple, comfort-informed atmosphere with elevated comfort food-fare. Between the line for seating and the cooking time post-order, it'll take 45-plus minutes to get that brioche French toast, stewed tomatoes, or famous Eggs Rothko (Grafton cheddar-topped egg-in-a-hole) in your belly, but at least you can pass the seated portion doodling with crayons on the waxed paper tablecloths.

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5. Fritzl's Lunch Box 173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)

From the ravenous mind of owner Dan Ross-Leutwyler, whose bonafides include time at Roberta's, Fatty 'Cue, and The Breslin, FLB is a hidden gem off the Dekalb L stop. This tiny, slender spot seats guests side by side along one wall and in the warmer months has a great little back patio illuminated by Christmas lights at night. This place is best known for its $10 burger with chopped pickles, onions, and special sauce (it's charred miso aioli, shhh) on a toasted sesame bun. The pillowy, beer-battered broccoli is equally delicious, as is the palace fried chicken on a roll. Stop by for brunch to savor unique menu items like the Spicy Crab Cake Omelet and the Morning Beer, which is house-made kombucha with Founders IPA.

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6. Lucy's Whey 425 W 15th St, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

The simplicity here approaches something beautiful. Lucy's classic grilled cheese achieves nuts-nuts-nuts depth of flavor while utilizing just two ingredients: Prairie Breeze, a mild and sweet cheddar-style cheese that’s made in Iowa, and fig and honey jam. It’s a classic jam & cheese pairing that they’ve turned into a grilled cheese and for that, they win.

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7. Melt Kraft 442 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Boasting seven different types of hot grilled cheeses and another two of the cold variety, Melt Kraft has everything that's needed to make it your stronghold for awesome, cheesy sandwiches in Brooklyn.

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8. Bklyn Larder 228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Park Slope)

Flatbush Ave's Bklyn Larder functions both as a cheese/charcuterie/chocolate shop and a top sandwich destination. Be sure to try the grilled cheese made with Brooklyn-made Salvatore ricotta, Taleggio, and house-made kale pesto.

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9. Pickle Shack 256 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A place that's got crazy inventive pickle options is the place to be. The guys at Brooklyn Brine have opened this joint and are serving Dogfish Head exclusively, alongside awesome, elevated fare and all the Brooklyn flare one could possibly hope for.

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10. The Commodore 366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Commodore is a Southern/tropical-themed dive bar in Williamsburg. Open late, hipsters flock to its incredible fried chicken sandwiches, burgers, biscuits, and seriously dope grilled cheese. Its cocktails are also top-notch: get the eponymous Commodore, which is a Pina Colada gone buck-wild with an extra shot of amaretto thrown in there for good measure.



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