It used to be that a plate of gourmet mac n’ cheese was the Kraft dinner I spiked with some dill, diced tomatoes, and a can of tuna. But since moving to New York, a brave new world of haute mac n’ cheese has revealed itself to me, and not only is it often exquisite, but it’s fattening as all hell. Not counting the arrogant $55 plate of M&C at the Waverly Inn, here’s where you can find the strongest marriages of macaroni and cheese in New York.
1. Roebling Tea Room (Williamsburg) – You wouldn’t’ think so, right? But trust. Served in a skillet still sizzling, the pasta is more tortellini than macaroni. Opt for the crisp bacon strips on top, and you won’t be sorry, but your arteries will.
2. Blue Smoke (Gramercy) – This bourgeois barbeque joint sells their cheesy pasta as a no-frills side, which means you have a perfect excuse to order their Memphis baby back ribs and eat away whatever ails you.
3. Dylan Prime (Tribeca) – It’s called the lobster & white truffle mac n’ cheese. You had me at lobster.
4. Dumont (Williamsburg) – Reasonably priced, pleasurably stinky mac n’ cheese for the mature young Williamsburger. Almost everyone in this small space seems to be eating it, and have angular haircuts.
5. Eatery (Midtown) – This modern-interiored eatertorium looks like a place Carrie Bradshaw and the girls might go to blahblahblah; they call their M&C the Mac & Jack. Why? Because rhyming is fun. Topped with frizzled onions and Parmesan cheese, it’s positively oozy. Can’t you just see Samantha removing those onions, and Charlotte scooping them up with that wandering fork of hers? I can!