Sometimes this week, when the weather was gloomy and even a bit chilly, we began thinking about fall foods. We have already begun daydreaming about the days when hot foods will warm our bellies and our hands, as we clamp them around the dish. At the top of this daydreaming list is something loved by all: Mac and Cheese. Please, is there anything else? Here are our top places to indulge on a favorite, even if it isn’t fall yet. We’ll see y’all there!
I’m In The Kitchen Sandwich Board: I’ll Have the Mac & Cheese, please
August 17th, 2012
Five Points- Cream-Cheesy Mac and Cheese
Chef Marc Meyer’s wood-oven baked macaroni and cheese is on this list because it stands on its own against the regular béchamel based ones. Want to know his secret? It’s the melted cream cheese added to the sauce which includes evaporated milk as an ingredient. And if that weren’t enough cheese (is there even such a thing?), he also includes cheddar and gruyere.
Five Points: 31 Great Jones Street (map) 212-253-5700
Dumont Burger- Indulgently delicious Mac and Cheese
The Mac and Cheese at Dumont Burger has everything you want in a legendary mac and cheese: cheddar-laced bechamel, gooey gruyere that stretch from your fork to the dish, crispy bacon lardons and a crunchy, crispy top that seems as though it’s been flambeed. Mmm, mmm good.
Dumont Burger: 314 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg (map) 718-384-6127
Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro- The Mac and Cheesus
When going for the perfect cheese to noodle ratio, you can count on the fromagerie to nail it to a tee. You know you’re getting the real deal when it comes to the cheese and this mac and cheese, which is heavy of the gruyere and light on the parmesan, has an intensely perfect flavor and consistency. Even their broiled, crispy crumb crust is laced with melted-cheese. In queso emergency, I definitely pray to their cheesus.
Artisanal: 2 Park Avenue (map) 212-725-8585
Poco- Lobster Mac and Cheese
Listen, Mac and Cheese is good on its own, but when you add buttery lobster to the mix, you’re on a whole other level. But they don’t let it stray too far, and skimp on the cheese. You still get a delectably cheesey mac n cheese with the added bonus of lobster.
Poco: 33 Avenue B (map) 212-228-4461
Brooklyn MAC- Vegan Mac and Cheese
Just because you choose to not eat animals or their by-products, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer a life sans mac n cheese. Thanks to Brooklyn MAC, you no longer have to. Their options suit every dietary need: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, meat-lovers… you name it, they’ve got it.
Brooklyn MAC: 77 Noran Ave (map); 718-706-9622