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Mkpanzer Jan 15, 2008 02:34 PM

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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    banjolinana RE: Mkpanzer Jan 16, 2008 01:27 PM

    Mac N Cheese at Blue Smoke is pretty darn tasty

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      nativeNYer RE: banjolinana Jan 22, 2008 08:09 PM

      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.

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        Emmmily RE: nativeNYer Jan 25, 2008 08:58 PM

        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.

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          nativeNYer RE: Emmmily Jan 25, 2008 09:24 PM

          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!

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      msv RE: Mkpanzer Jan 23, 2008 01:41 PM

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

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        serious RE: Mkpanzer Jan 25, 2008 02:09 AM

        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.)

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          LDubs RE: Mkpanzer Jan 25, 2008 06:20 AM

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

          1. Emmmily RE: Mkpanzer Jan 26, 2008 07:59 AM

            Also: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348866 - lots more ideas in that thread.

            1. thevillagevegetable RE: Mkpanzer Feb 16, 2008 06:34 AM

              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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                nativeNYer RE: thevillagevegetable Feb 16, 2008 05:06 PM

                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. jillysp RE: Mkpanzer Feb 16, 2008 01:43 PM

                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.

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                  feedmeplg RE: Mkpanzer Feb 19, 2008 07:52 AM

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

                  1. bosun RE: Mkpanzer Mar 26, 2008 09:50 AM

                    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.

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                      jbronsto RE: Mkpanzer Apr 12, 2008 07:51 PM

                      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. EROCK007 RE: Mkpanzer May 2, 2008 06:15 AM

                        Try Mommas in the East Village!

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                          voodootrane RE: EROCK007 Jan 21, 2009 08:33 PM

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

                        2. exalt RE: Mkpanzer May 5, 2008 12:55 PM

                          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)

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                            Jack The Smuggler RE: Mkpanzer Sep 30, 2008 12:22 AM

                            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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                              roux42 RE: Jack The Smuggler Oct 2, 2008 05:44 PM

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

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                              boomerangs RE: Mkpanzer Oct 3, 2008 02:35 PM

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

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                                chocolatebirthdaycake RE: boomerangs Oct 4, 2008 09:13 AM

                                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!

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                                superplume RE: Mkpanzer Nov 17, 2008 02:45 PM

                                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.

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                                  hudsonvalleyfoodblog RE: Mkpanzer Jan 13, 2009 08:07 AM

                                  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.

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                                    nooyawka RE: Mkpanzer Jan 13, 2009 08:00 PM

                                    Any votes for Chat 'n Chew near Union Square?

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                                      roux42 RE: nooyawka Jan 14, 2009 04:58 PM

                                      It is pretty good!

                                    2. epicuriosity_filled_the_kat RE: Mkpanzer Jan 22, 2009 08:30 PM

                                      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!

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