Food & Drink

NYC's 5 most incredible melty sandwiches

Published On 04/25/2013 Published On 04/25/2013
Best Grilled Cheese in New York
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1. Little Muenster 100 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Thought up by a presumably kick-ass couple, the sammies being cranked out at this diminutive dairy destination are from a chef with serious chops (Alta, The Vanderbilt, Lupa), and can be consumed in one of 13 seats surrounded by decor they describe as that of a "New England kitchen", so expect any pitchers to be loaded with beer.

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2. Noorman's Kil 609 Grand St, New York, NY 11211

It's hard enough to do one thing well enough to stand above the crowd in the New York bar & restaurant scene, but Noorman's Kil distinguishes itself for being not only one of the best whiskey bars in NYC, but also one of the best stops for killer grilled cheese sandwiches. From some of the same people who brought you Barcade and Gutter, Noorman's Kil has more than 200 whiskeys, gooey grilled cheese, a wood saloon-style bar, and an awesome outdoor patio space that's perfect for sipping the deep-yet-accessible whiskey menu that NK sources from all over the world. You probably knew that you needed to try a range a whiskeys from the US, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland, but did you know that you also need to try some under-the-radar whiskeys from the likes of India and Sweden? You do now.

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3. Melt Shop 135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020 (Midtown West)

Melt Shop reinvents the grilled cheese sandwich in combinations you didn't know you craved. Cheeseheads should stick with the gruyere, havarti, and goat cheese sandwich that gets an extra kick from roasted tomatoes and sourdough bread, while those who like their melted cheese with fried meat should try the fried chicken and pepper jack combo. Every sandwich has a golden brown finish that you could never achieve in your own kitchen, suggesting that sometimes, the classics are best left to the pros.

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4. Sarabeth's 381 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

Sarabeth's Park Ave South locale's got a grand bistro interior with massive windows and bright colors, and is trying to differentiate itself from its other spots by introducing plates like the "Adult Grilled Cheese" on a pretzel bun, root beer short ribs, and a spiced-up 'tail dubbed Pepper on the Park.