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)
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.
The Hangover Cure
Dépanneur (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.
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.
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.
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.
Melt Kraft (address and info)
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.
Taleggio, Salvatore Ricotta, and Kale Pesto
BKLYN Larder (address and info)
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.
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.
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.
1. Murray's Cheese Bar264 Bleecker St, New York
2. Dépanneur242 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
3. Pies-n-Thighs43 Canal St, New York
4. egg109 N 3rd St, Brooklyn
5. Fritzl's Lunch Box173 Irving Ave, Brooklyn
6. Lucy's Whey425 W 15th St, New York
7. Melt Kraft442 9th St, Brooklyn
8. Bklyn Larder228 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
9. Pickle Shack256 4th Ave, Brooklyn
10. The Commodore366 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
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.
Located on Wythe Ave in Williamsburg, Dépanneur is the proud distributor of snacks, confections, sandwiches, bar accessories (like bitters, sodas, and syrups) and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.