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NYC’s 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

February 27, 2012 6:00 AM

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The Mac 'n' Cheese from Artisinal. (Image from

The Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Artisinal. (Image from

With the colder weather sweeping across the Tri-State area, the cravings for comfort food increase. Macaroni and cheese, the ultimate comfort food, has become so popular that entire eateries have opened up on the premise of serving only the savory single item alone. Here’s a look at some of the top Mac Daddies. By Kelly Dobkin.


artisinal NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

The Mac 'n' Cheese from Artisinal (credit:

2 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 725-8585

This bistro and fromagerie is an emporium of cheese, and its menu is accordingly uber-cheesy. It’s no surprise that Artisanal makes some of the best Mac in town. It’s made with a blend of cheeses (although mostly gruyere) and baked with a crispy cheese and breadcrumb crust.

bluesmokemc NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

The Mac 'n' Cheese at Blue Smoke. (credit:

Blue Smoke

116 E 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 447-7733

Blue Smoke has managed to whip up some of the creamiest, cheesiest Mac in town that rivals the texture of Velveeta, without, of course, actually using Velveeta. The BBQ joint’s cheesy pride and joy is by many accounts the city’s best and is topped off in classic fashion with a crispy crumb topping.

casellula NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

The Mac 'n' Cheese at Casellula. (credit:


401 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-8137

Casellula is serious about its cheese and its mac ‘n’ cheese is no exception. Made up of a variety of fancy cheeses like Comte and goat cheese and accented by smoky bacon lardoons and caramelized onions, it’s a sophisticated and delicious Mac that’s guaranteed to please.

dumontmc NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

The 'DuMac' from DuMont. (credit:


432 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 486-7717

Copious amounts of cheddar and gruyere ooze from the sinful mac ‘n’ cheese at this Williamsburg neighborhood mainstay. Crispy bacon bits and a crusty top make this one of the most delicious Macs around.

smac NYCs 5 Best Restaurants For Macaroni & Cheese

Some of the varieties at S'MAC. (credit:


345 E 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-7912

This mecca of mac ‘n’ cheese opened during the height of the mac ‘n’ cheese craze in 2006, and is one of the few eateries devoting its entire menu to the Mac. With countless varieties like Cheeseburger or Buffalo, you can certainly satisfy your mac ‘n’ cheese fix here.

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