Food & Drink

These are the best mac and cheese dishes in NYC

Published On 01/17/2014 Published On 01/17/2014
Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro Wine Bar
Ditch Dog
The Queens Kickshaw
Yelp/M S.
Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall
Yelp/Luna T.
Yelp/Michelle T.
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1. Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet Hall 44 Berry St, New York, NY 11211

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.

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2. The Queens Kickshaw 4017 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103

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.

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3. Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016

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.

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4. Almond 12 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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

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5. Ditch Plains UWS 100 W 82nd St, New York, NY 10024

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

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6. Westville East 173 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

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.

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7. Freemans 1 Freeman Aly, New York, NY 10002

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.

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8. The Waverly Inn 16 Bank St, New York, NY 10014

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.

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9. Earl's Beer & Cheese 1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029

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.

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10. Schnipper's 23 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010

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.