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Incredible grilled cheese?

shivohum Aug 1, 2008 09:02 AM

Any great grilled cheeses in the city? I like the one that Bouchon does.

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    roze Aug 1, 2008 09:17 AM

    The one ate Resto has is grilled in pork fat and is ridiculously good but not your typical obviously. The Spotted Pig rocks a pretty good grilled cheese as well.

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      kathryn Aug 1, 2008 08:55 PM

      Yes, it is excellent. Small but very rich and heavy. I think they only have it at lunch/brunch and not dinner.

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        kobetobiko Aug 1, 2008 09:01 PM

        I recalled shivohum is a vegetarian? perhaps I am wrong...

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          shivohum Aug 3, 2008 06:45 AM

          Absolutely right. Thanks for remembering! :-)

          The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

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      digsnola Aug 1, 2008 09:21 AM

      The Gruyere grilled cheese at Ditch Plains. Best thing on their menu. Haven't had Bouchon.

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        kobetobiko Aug 1, 2008 09:46 AM

        Hi shivohum,

        Smith's on MacDougal (not The Smith in EV) has a grilled cheese sandwich night on Sunday. Not all of them are vegetarian, but I am sure you can request for no meat.

        1. ssf36 Aug 1, 2008 12:45 PM

          Say Cheese, on 9th & 45th. Quirky hole-in-the-wall but with a variety of good grilled cheese options.
          Googie's, on the UES, used to have the best, R.I.P.

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            jakew8 Aug 1, 2008 01:27 PM

            Say Cheese does have a large variety of sandwiches, but none of them is particularly good in my opinion because they use unsalted butter when they grill. You really need that salty flavor on the outside.

            I've never eaten the gruyère sandwich at Wichcraft, but I'd recommend their fontina and black trumpet mushroom grilled cheese. I'm sure that the former is good too.

          2. kelea Aug 1, 2008 12:57 PM

            I love the gruyere and caramilzed onions at wichcraft. I usually add bacon to it and it's amazinggggg and they don't charge u extra. making it only a whooping $6 for a delicious sammy

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              ESNY Aug 1, 2008 01:05 PM

              Agree that is a great grilled cheese. Never thought to add bacon to it though...I like where you're going with that.

              But to be honest, my favorite grilled cheese comes from a diner. Any diner. There is nothing more perfect than a diner grilled cheese.

              1. re: kelea
                stephaniec25 Aug 1, 2008 01:35 PM

                That's definitely one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches. Especially because it's so close to my office - convenience helps. Next time I go I am definitely trying it with bacon!!

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                  kelea Aug 1, 2008 01:38 PM

                  Sometimes i up the ante and add avocado as well....go crazy guys and let me know how you like it!

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                  sugartoof Aug 1, 2008 08:22 PM

                  That's the one I would have suggested too. I swear they used to have one with pear when they first opened, that was excellent as well, but I don't see it on the menu so maybe I imagined it.

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                    ballulah Aug 1, 2008 08:47 PM

                    Nope you didn't. It's on cranberry walnut (or pecan bread), it's pretty good but not outstanding.

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                      sugartoof Aug 1, 2008 09:36 PM

                      Hmm, maybe they changed the bread. Don't think I'd order a grilled cheese on a cranberry bread. In fact remember it being more of a sourdough then a harvest, nut berry bread.... but whatever I had I liked at the time.

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                  pacz Aug 1, 2008 01:36 PM

                  I love the grilled cheese at Bar 89. Four kinds of cheese, thick bacon slices and tomato. Yum, now I am going to have to go tomorrow.

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                    harrison Aug 1, 2008 06:15 PM

                    It may be heresy here, but EJ's makes a mean one on that faux challah they have..I often finish my kids

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                      nativeNYer Aug 1, 2008 08:08 PM

                      really surprised that 'ino was not mentioned here. http://www.cafeino.com/menus_bruschet...
                      get the three cheese panini and, while you are there, get the truffled egg toast. YUM!

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                        kobetobiko Aug 2, 2008 07:26 AM

                        Forgot to mention above, Despana and Caffe Emilia both have really good grilled cheese sandwiches. The items on their menu are not all vegetarian friendly, but they will accommodate your request. Despana has amazing cheese and you can ask them to make sandwiches with your choice of cheese there! Caffe Emilia is good because they have a lot of different versions and combinations of sandwiches

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                          Lucia Aug 3, 2008 07:27 PM

                          Bread has some great varieties.

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