If there's one thing that totally deserves a listicle, it's the Top 9 Cat Moods. But if there's a second thing, it's the 10 Best Mac and Cheeses in NYC. To wit: here's a roundup of
mostly standoffishly pensive cats the delicious-est plates of mac and c in the city.
Artisanal (click here for address and deets)
Gruyere, Parm, and Béchamel make their way onto/into tubes of penne pasta, and a crumbly, cheesy topping provides just the right kind of texture/crumbly-cheesiness for the dish.
Almond (click here for address and deets)
While other mac dishes sit coyly on appetizer or side menus ("We won't make you full, we swear!"), Le Grand Macaroni & Cheese unabashedly sits on the main menu -- a proudly massive serving of pasta, rich cheese, prosciutto, and chopped truffles.
Ditch Plains (click here for address and deets)
West Village and UWS
Their mac and cheese-covered Ditch Dogs qualify, because 1) they're covered in the melty good stuff, and 2) they're just plain awesome.
The Queens Kickshaw (click here for address and deets)
It actually takes some balls to throw vegetables into this classic, but TQK pulls it off with this Gruyere, smoked mozz, and cheddar mess that sports green beans and caramelized onions.
Westville (click here for address and deets)
East Village, West Village, and Chelsea
This favorite of the brunch-set brings with it a smoky Gouda Béchamel that gets even smokier with some added bacon. The dish itself is also perfectly presented with an expert crust on top, holding in a balance of creamy and chewy.
Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall (click here for address and deets)
So simple and yet so delicious, it's like the creamiest and best possible version of the homemade stuff.
Freeman's (click here for address and deets)
Lower East Side
Served bubbling in a cast iron dish, this five-cheese, breadcrumb-topped model of comfort is relatively simple but excellent in execution.
The Waverly Inn (click here for address and deets)
Like bench pressing gold, this plate is an exercise in decadence with a price tag upwards of $65. With that, though, comes shaved truffles, cheese with just the right balance of creamy and stringy, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping.
Schnippers (click here for address and deets)
The mac and Joe is exactly what would happen if they let us in their kitchen late-night. 50% Sloppy Joe, 50% classic mac and cheese, 150% awesome. That's how math works, right?
Earl's Beer and Cheese (click here for address and deets)
Upper East Side
One of the less traditional and most creamy concoctions on the list, it's got the noodles mixed up with goat cheese, a healthy dose of rosemary, and a some shredded chicken. Also: upside-down fork!
1. Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall44 Berry St, New York
2. The Queens Kickshaw4017 Broadway, Astoria
3. Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro2 Park Ave., New York
4. Almond12 E 22nd St, New York
5. Ditch Plains UWS100 W 82nd St, New York
6. Westville East173 Ave A, New York
7. Freemans1 Freeman Aly, New York
8. The Waverly Inn16 Bank St, New York
9. Earl's Beer & Cheese1259 Park Ave, New York
10. Schnipper's23 East 23rd Street, New York
Refurbishing former tonic water factory digs with their own four hands, the husband & wife team behind Mable's stocked their airy, industrial barn-steezed "roadhouse" with long communal tables set with chairs they either built themselves or sourced from flea markets, a giant buck head shot by the owner's cousin, and a central bar lit by hanging rusted buckets. The sliced brisket is lean with the perfect amount of fat and smokiness to not even require sauce. Order at the counter and be served almost as quickly as you can sit down.
This Astoria cafe primarily focuses on vegetarian eats, but carnivores will love it just the same. Best for lunch or brunch, standout comfort food menu items include a variety of grilled cheeses, avocado toast, and quiche. Just as popular as the food options are The Queen's coffee and beer offerings, so you can easily pop in for a drink to go.
The Artisanal Bistro takes the shape of a 160-seat Art-Deco-inspired space in Midtown. There is a full service wine bar with 160+ wines and numerous varietals. In addition to the wine collection there is a temperature controlled "cheese cave" which holds and prepares cheeses until perfectly ripe and are at optimal flavor for your enjoyment. SCIENCE.
Brother to the same-named Hamptons spot, this billiards-equipped, wood-decked resto's slinging Ameri-grub (steaks, burgers, & gravy fries) and local hops (Checker Cab, Ommegang's Rare VOS), plus "pan-Euro" fare like lamb belly, braised pork shank, and fro
Bringing their Hamptons-style surfer food (Ditch dogs, lobster rolls, jalapeno cheddar tots...) to much airier uptown digs, DP's second location has a high-end beach club vibe thanks to an all-white planked ceiling, large wooden tables, nautical touches f
This Alphabet City spot's a slightly roomier version of the original, slinging premium diner food (burgers/franks/a 12oz Newport Steak) at grade-C diner prices.
Sitting among the ranks of the cleverly unmarked speak-easys and secret supper clubs cropping up all over the city (simply going out to eat in New York is overrated), Freeman's fails to exist on most maps. Hidden down the aptly-titled "Freeman Alley" -- an unassuming, graffiti-glad path, tucked between Bowery and Chrystie -- the place is easy to stroll right past. The end of the dim, narrow stretch, however, opens up to reveal a pair of blue-paned double doors, framed in chimerical white string-lights, and set in chipped red brick. Decked in tasteful taxidermy, warm woods, and vintage art, the upscale eatery specializes in creative custom cocktails and rustic American cuisine, with menu offerings like Hunter's Stew (elk, venison, and boar with root vegetables) and house-made spaghetti squash in fresh cream-pesto. And while it prides itself on using wild game, sustainable seafood and produce from New York farms, Freeman's greatest acclaim is derived from its trendy discretion.
Tucked into the ground floors of two adjoining townhouses, the Waverly Inn will make you feel like you’ve been invited to dine in a cozy, secret club. The menu features American classics alongside contemporary seasonal dishes, and even though the food is notable, the real reason you go to the Waverly Inn is for the scene. Co-owned by Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, it's routinely packed with a mix of celebrities and the who's who of New York's social landscape. The main room's red booths, fireplaces, and low lighting make for a comfortable hangout, and the indoor/outdoor garden is a West Village gem.
Earl's Beer & Cheese is part of a small group of Upper East Side bars that's bringing cool and laid-back nightlife to the historically barren blocks of the mid-90s. Earl's great craft beer selection changes daily, and though it's definitely more of a bar than a restaurant, the food is hard to resist. The cheesy options include three kinds of grilled cheese, pork tacos, and goat cheese mac & cheese.
Paying particular attention to America's heart(attack)land to make your own middle as big as our country's, the team behind Schnipper's scoured the continent for the best in fast-casual dining, resulting in their second location's Americana-inspired steez backdropping new chompables like a bleu cheese/crispy onion/hickory BBQ/Schnipper Sauce hamburger, a green chile cheese dog w/ roasted poblanos, the Mac & Joe (cheese & sloppy), and a slew of handcrafted shakes.