Food & Drink

The 10 NYC Grilled Cheeses You Have to Eat Right Now

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
MacKenzie Smith/Thrillist
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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.