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Mac and Cheese

Hello everyone-

I am currently looking to find the best mac and cheese in new york city, and the surrounding boroughs. All recommendations are appreciated!



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  1. Mac N Cheese at Blue Smoke is pretty darn tasty

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    1. re: banjolinana

      i will second blue smoke. have you tried s'mac and supermac. these are hole-in-the-wall takeout places but they might be worth a try. no, not the best in the city as you may expect, though. i am on the same search.

      1. re: nativeNYer

        I'm not a big fan of S'mac and Supermac - both *way* too salty - but the appetizer mac & cheese at Cafeteria is fantastc, even if the rest of the menu is uber-trendy and kind of forgettable.

        1. re: Emmmily

          not a big fan of either of them either but i just had to try. s'mac was much better than supermac but nothing extraordinary. we've only been to cafeteria once and tried the mac and cheese spring rolls (out of curiosity) and the calamari . i'll bet the mac and cheese is great as those spring rolls were outstanding. we'll have to return. that place is very entertaining; such a scene!

    2. I like the smoked gouda version at Jack the Horse tavern in Brooklyn Heights.

      1. The Mac/Cheese from Murry's (Bleeker) cheese shop is pretty good. (And you can eat it in your pajamas in front of the tv.)

        1. Try the Mac and Jack at Eatery (http://www.eaterynyc.com/). It's topped with crispy onions. It's awesome.

            1. Cafeteria in Chelsea is very well known for this very dish. S'mac is pretty good too (in the east village).

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              1. re: thevillagevegetable

                S'mac just opened an UWS location, along with Pinch. I think it is on Columbus near W84th. I really want to like this place but I find it mediocre. I tried goat cheese with rosemary which was better than the original but it needs to be more creamy.

              2. The Swiss Alps mac and cheese from Moto in Williamsburg is great. I go with a friend and split that and their roasted chicken and mashed potatoes for one heck of a comfort food meal.

                1. The Manchego mac n cheese at Essex is pretty tasty and comes with a salad with this awesome citrus dressing.

                  1. Lobster mac and cheese at Tre dici. It was rich, but not super dense, and it was not overwhelmingly sharp (which i like). The lobster was fresh and the pasta was not overcooked. also, for an appetizer, the portion was very good. i would go back there and order that at the bar for a "light" supper.

                    1. The mac and cheese spring rolls at Cafeteria are incredible (maybe it is the warm cheese sauce they are served with). I love S'mac as well when I want something that is hard to find in a traditional restaurant like tuna noodle casserole and don't want to make it myself - mac and cheese + tuna + bread crumbs = delicious! But try the mac and cheese with truffled ham at Brasserie 8 1/2. It is truly incredible!

                      1. Try Mommas in the East Village!

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                        1. re: EROCK007

                          can't believe this hasn't got more props. pretty damn spectacular, with a bit of a garlic kick.

                        2. My favorite: Half King, 23rd st just west of 10th ave. Seriously amazing. Can taste the three different cheeses.

                          Also, a fellow chowhounder led me here a few months ago (very handy): http://gridskipper.com/travel/new-yor... (best mac and cheeses in NYC as of summer 07)

                          1. For some good Mac and Cheese head uptown to Harlem and go to either Amy Ruths on 116th street off Lenox or Taste of Seafood on 125th off Madison....

                            Hey Suzechef!!...Truffles on Mac and Cheese???!!!!...are you secretly Bobby Flay..lol (J/K)

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                            1. re: Jack The Smuggler

                              The Chip Shop on Atlantic and 7th Ave in Brooklyn.

                            2. Marco & Pepe in Jersey City has an amazing mac and cheese.

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                              1. re: boomerangs

                                For fantastic (but not "Four Cheese" type) of Mac N Cheese try "Bone Lick Park BBQ" on Greenwich Ave in the West Village. Ohhhh, baby!

                              2. City Bakery! I have had a lot of mac and cheese in this city and that is by far my favorite. I was very unimpressed with s'mac. Also, the mac and cheese at The Smoke Joint in Ft. Greene is really good.

                                1. With me I like my mac and cheese straightforward. I'm not a fan of adding things like lobster, truffles or even bacon. Although the bacon can be really good. That said I really enjoyed the mac and cheese at the Comfort Diner, I believe its on 44th btwn 2nd and 3rd. It's been several years but I have fond memories.

                                  1. Any votes for Chat 'n Chew near Union Square?

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                                    1. i love the mac & cheese at junior's... it's nothing fancy, but it's some of the creamiest, tastiest stuff i've ever had!