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Best mac and cheese?

cadireon Oct 24, 2006 05:24 PM

Where would this be?

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  1. jakew8 RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 05:36 PM

    My favorite "Macaroni & Cheese" is the fusilli with fontina and black truffles at Via Delle Zoccolette. However, that was a while ago and the place has seen better days.

    I think that for most traditional M&Cs, though, they aren't sharp enough and the pasta is too mushy. I'm talking here about S'mac, Chat & Chew, etc. So I don't know.

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      LeahBaila RE: jakew8 Jul 14, 2007 05:29 PM

      Blue Smoke and Cafeteria

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      Todd RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 05:49 PM

      Blue Smoke, 27th btwn Lex and Park, has ridiculous Mac and Cheese among other things...

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        Briek RE: Todd Oct 24, 2006 11:24 PM

        I second the Blue Smoke rec. Their Mac & Cheese is really delicious. I think it's only available as a side (haven't been in a while) - but it's very filling.

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        Schveinhund RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 05:56 PM

        Petite Abeille on 20th and 1st makes a pretty great mac & cheese- made with pieces of bacon and rich and filling.

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          haleyjen RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 07:13 PM

          Cafeteria and Miss Mamie's Spoonbread. Eatery's is good too.

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            bobby06877 RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 07:35 PM

            I just had the mac and cheese at Five Points this weekend and it was very good, a little on the sharp side which I liked. I have also had good mac and cheese at Le Zie.

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              a_and_w RE: bobby06877 Oct 25, 2006 03:27 PM

              I used to love the mac and cheese at Le Zie. Unfortunately, my recent order was so awful I took the entire restaurant out of my delivery rotation for a while. Mushy macaroni with a few shreds of gummy cheese that resembed something carelessly melted in a microwave. None of that lovely crust or earthy truffle taste I've come to love. I'm hoping this was a mistake but I'm almost afraid to order it again (though other dishes remain solid).

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              InfoMofo RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 09:30 PM

              Good (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...) has great Mac and Cheese.

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                janethepain RE: InfoMofo Oct 25, 2006 02:41 PM

                Mmm, seconded. Just to warn you, it's not regular mac & cheese - it's green chile mac & cheese topped with tortilla crumbs. Creamy-cheesy, which is the way I like it (none of that baked-top only with nothing but greasy cooked noodles on the bottom).

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                rothsteg RE: cadireon Oct 24, 2006 09:51 PM

                Best I've ever had is at Artisnal. Not surprisingly, the quality of the cheese is outstanding.

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                  cadireon RE: rothsteg Oct 25, 2006 03:40 AM

                  Mac and cheese at the french place in the middle of Chelsea Mkt is quite admired by office ppl upstairs. They don't serve all the time. But with the perfect mix of cheeses and the mac isn't mushy, it's the best I've had so far.

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                  Cate RE: cadireon Oct 25, 2006 02:37 PM

                  Not the "best," but a fun and yummy variation is the fried mac and cheese at the chip shop out in Brooklyn, thankfully available in a smaller side portion.

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                    FoodDemon RE: cadireon Oct 25, 2006 02:57 PM

                    HOME HOME HOME!!!
                    I mean, the restaurant.
                    UNBELIEVABLE. I tend to order mac and cheese a lot, being a lover of comfort food. Home's version is truly something to behold. Served in an iron skillet with one of the tangiest and and tastiest combo of cheeses I've ever tasted.

                    1. NAtiveNewYorker RE: cadireon Oct 25, 2006 05:45 PM

                      Now that the weather is cooler, go to S'Mac. Have the "nosh" size of different flavors to build your own taste test.

                      Brie, Feta, Grueyer are three of my favorites.

                      1. jakew8 RE: cadireon Oct 25, 2006 05:51 PM

                        S'mac is okay-- I'm sure it's good if you make your own with good cheese, but stay away from the "classic" because it's too bland.

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                          NAtiveNewYorker RE: jakew8 Oct 25, 2006 05:53 PM

                          YES. Classic is VERY bland.

                          (Though after a night in the fridge, it gets much better, strangely enough.)

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                            tangentialist RE: jakew8 Oct 25, 2006 11:58 PM

                            the cheeseburger mac at s'mac reminds me of hamburger helper, ergo, it is good; i actually liked it a lot more than i had expected to.

                            i consume a terrifying amount of dumont's m&c each year, though i'm torn on the gumminess of it, and i'm not a fan of non-elbow m&c (dumont uses radiatore). in conclusion, blue smoke's mac is ridiculous, and i would gladly devour a bucket of it.

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                            cjthekid RE: cadireon Oct 25, 2006 11:35 PM

                            Deborah!!!! With or with out the turkey kielbasa it's the best.

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                              samhain RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 12:01 AM

                              ditch plains (bedford and downing).

                              1. Uptownflavor RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 04:06 AM

                                Melba's tres mac and cheese. It's the cheesiest!!!

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                                  jonnyk RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 03:32 PM

                                  Chat and Chew by Union Square makes and incredible Mac & Cheese. Southern style!

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                                    jakew8 RE: jonnyk Oct 26, 2006 03:54 PM

                                    I often go to Chat and Chew, and I usually get the M&C, but I don't think it's all that special. To me, it tastes like Kraft Deluxe but with a thin layer of real cheese crusted on top.

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                                    awesomechoi RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 03:38 PM

                                    i'm with tangentialist on this one. i could give myself a facial in the dumac & cheese. at dumont and dumont burger, both in williamsburg.

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                                      beagleboy RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 04:49 PM

                                      I reccomend Home on Cornelia St-their Mac and Cheese blew me away

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                                        bfry RE: cadireon Oct 26, 2006 05:40 PM

                                        i would highly reccomend CITY BAKERY mac. it is so delicious, very flavorful. its the best i've had in the city and i've searched high and low. second place is BLUE SMOKE definitely.

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                                          AC041 RE: cadireon Oct 27, 2006 12:39 AM

                                          Dumont in Williamsburg. Or Dumont Burger - also in Williamsburg. Same mac and cheese dish at both places.

                                          They use three cheeses: cheddar, gruyere and parmesan. Plus, they add big chunks of bacon.

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                                            traceybell RE: cadireon Oct 27, 2006 11:32 AM

                                            i agree that blue smoke is good--very creamy. also virgil's bbq isn't bad either.

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                                              lanamonster RE: cadireon Oct 28, 2006 06:05 AM

                                              I love mac & cheese. My favorite so far is at Mama's, a southern/comfort food restaurant which is on 3rd st. and ave. b. It's really garlicky and really cheesy and really yummy.

                                              1. jakew8 RE: cadireon Oct 29, 2006 04:10 PM

                                                Oh man I totally forgot...

                                                The penne with roquefort and croutons at Waldy's on 6th Ave. b/t 27th & 28th.


                                                And cheap... since it's counter service, the dish only costs $6.95.

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                                                  batiekakes RE: cadireon Oct 30, 2006 10:27 PM

                                                  i really liked the mac and cheese at schillers ... it was nice and tart, and not too goopy.

                                                  1. fat parish RE: cadireon Oct 30, 2006 10:30 PM

                                                    just had some today from City Bakery. realllllly good!

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                                                      mirajpatel RE: fat parish Jan 11, 2007 01:57 AM

                                                      City Bakery is a rip off. How much is it per pound nowadays?

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                                                        piccola RE: mirajpatel Jan 15, 2007 12:25 PM

                                                        Something like $12/lb. It's a splurge meal, really, which kind of defeats the purpose of the buffet. They should either charge less per pound, or charge more and make it all-you-can-eat.

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                                                      mirajpatel RE: cadireon Jan 11, 2007 01:56 AM

                                                      What's up with Mac and Cheese having bacon? I don't think that's what Kraft intended. I think that is disgusting that places like Petite Abeille and Dumont put bacon in a simple classic. Can't wait till PETA starts picking them.

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                                                        clembeauchamp RE: cadireon Jan 12, 2007 10:40 PM

                                                        Dumont!!! No question.

                                                        1. aryn RE: cadireon Jan 13, 2007 12:26 AM

                                                          i like lorelei's käsespätzle - german style mac&cheese beats out everything else in my book.

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                                                            yumyumyogi RE: aryn Feb 17, 2007 06:30 AM

                                                            Where is Lorelei's?

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                                                              Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: yumyumyogi Jul 15, 2007 11:58 AM

                                                              Lorelei Restaurant and Biergarten, 7 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002

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                                                            Mazzer RE: cadireon Jan 13, 2007 03:09 AM

                                                            I'm convinced--and this post supports me--that mac and cheese is one of those incredibly subjective foods that everyone has different feelings about what it should be. For instance, I wouldn't feed my dog anything from S'mac, but others love it. C'est la vie, try 'em all.

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                                                              candyismmm RE: cadireon Jan 14, 2007 05:24 AM

                                                              I've yet to try all these Mac n' Cheese Nazi places, but Blue Smoke is good....Trader Joe's frozen can be good (but some boxes are better then others...eek).... and whatever you do....avoid the fried mac n' cheese appetizer at Moe Pitkin's.

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                                                                NYCnowLA RE: cadireon Jan 14, 2007 06:05 AM


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                                                                  PeteC888 RE: cadireon Jan 15, 2007 12:42 AM

                                                                  The most incredible mac and cheese I've had was at 41 Greenwich Avenue. Cost $16 but it was worth every penny. First, it was served in an earthenware bowl that kept the cheese melted all the way through a long meal. The portion was large but just right, and it had been baked with a blend of cheeses and a just-right macaroni texture, and also had hints of garlic thrown in. The cheese reminded me of the way the sauce sticks to well-made natto beans.

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                                                                    the_rev RE: cadireon Apr 26, 2007 02:51 PM

                                                                    I've had most of the mentioned, and all pretty good (some posted here that aren't all that good, but I bet you can figure 'em out). Though I am a fan of the casserole type of mac n cheese, NYC isn't the best place for that, or PLEASE point me in the right direction. But as for the creamy, Ashbox Café in Greenpoint just blew me away. The salad side had unripened grape tomatoes (eeeeooooo, not good), but the MnC was cheaper and better than most. They make it fresh on Thursdays and only serve it for that day, if you can make it. And I found out a lady with Alabama roots puts it all together! Not surprised.

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                                                                      roze RE: cadireon Apr 26, 2007 03:04 PM

                                                                      Nolita House

                                                                      1. jinet12 RE: cadireon Apr 26, 2007 06:26 PM

                                                                        Hands down, it's got to be "Home"...Honestly, I have never had better anywhere!

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                                                                          alphabet city girl RE: cadireon Jul 14, 2007 03:57 PM

                                                                          my vote is for Westville - it's smoked and sadly only comes as an appetizer, but their menu is excellent - that and some corn on the cob and i'm set!

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                                                                            midgepingleton RE: cadireon Jul 15, 2007 07:33 AM

                                                                            Dumont on the Lorimer L. Hands down.

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                                                                              maggiepc RE: midgepingleton Jul 15, 2007 08:33 AM

                                                                              Ditch Plains on Bedford & Downing!

                                                                            2. LNG212 RE: cadireon Jul 15, 2007 10:20 AM

                                                                              I've had so-so and acceptable mac n cheese in numerous places, but the place I find myself ordering often is Fred's (uws). It's strange because I really don't think Fred's food is all that terrific (merely okay). But that cheese is very sharp (cheddar most likely), very rich, creamy, lots of it and the macaroni aren't mushy. Oh, and they get nice little bits of brown on the top too. Love that.

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