Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day on Friday, April 12th with an ooey, gooey cheese stuffed sandwich. These New York City restaurants and food trucks are melting New York City’s most creative grilled cheeses for the best way to bite into this cheesy food holiday. By Sarah Shaker.
More: NYC’s 5 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Lobster Grilled Cheese, Brooklyn Diner
More: NYC’s 8 Best Diners
Famous for New York City favorites like piled-high hot pastrami and chicken soup, Brooklyn Diner’s newest offerings are adding a fun spin on their traditional menu at both locations. The Lobster Grilled Cheese melts cheddar, Gruyere and Parmesan cheese with fresh chunks of lobster meat. Not only is there stretchy melted cheese inside, but the bread is also covered in a crispy cheese crust. This gourmet sandwich is served with a tin of crispy French fries. And while you’re already indulging, take a bite into another new menu item, like Braised Short Rib on a Long Bun (Bibb lettuce, caramelized onions, root vegetable slaw).
Tellagio Grilled Cheese, STK Midtown
More: NYC’s 5 Best Plates of Tater Tots
STK Midtown is serving up a special grilled cheese from April 8th through the 12th for lunch, just to celebrate this cheesy holiday. Bite into toasted country bread spread with roasted shallot jam and layered with crispy prosciutto and pickled hot peppers, and oozing Tellagio Cheese. This melty Tellagio Grilled Cheese will be served with a side salad or fries for $15.
Gouda Grilled Cheese, The Queens Kickshaw
This Astoria favorite is known for their awesome grilled cheese selection, brought to us by husband and wife team Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim. The Gouda Grilled Cheese is a top seller with pickled jalapenos, black bean hummus, guava jam and gouda on brioche from Balthazar. The side salad is dressed with a jalapeno vinaigrette for an extra kick.
Grilled Kimcheese, Porsena Extra Bar
Pull up a stool at Porsena Extra Bar in the East Village to enjoy chef Sara Jenkins’ lunch menu and specials, like the popular “Grilled Kimcheese” with white American, aged cheddar, pureed kimchee and mayo on buttery grilled Pullman bread.
Apple Pie Grilled Cheese, Little Muenster
Grew up melting a slice of cheese on your apple pie? If that’s how you roll, Little Muenster’s new Apple Pie Grilled Cheese with cinnamon sugar apples, brown butter and melted Calkins Creamery Havarti is for you! This fancy grilled cheese shop in the Lower East Side now offers more cheesy favorites than just sandwiches, like pastas, soups and sweets.
Triple Cream Brie, Gorilla Cheese Truck
Sweet and savory lovers can get both their cheese and sugary fix with prosciutto di Parma and strawberry preserves added to melted triple cream Brie on French bread at Gorilla Cheese Truck. Other specialties include Smoked Gouda with BBQ Pulled Pork and onions on wheat bread and Spicy Buffalo Chicken with smoked mozzarella on French bread, for out of the ordinary grilled cheese sandwiches.
Stoner’s Delight, JoeDough Sandwich Shop
Joe Dough’s Stoner’s Delight is credited as a “serious upgrade of the sad old” childhood favorite. At this tiny sandwich shop, griddled challah is stuffed with cotija, queso blanco and white cheddar cheeses. The bread is grilled to a crispy crust with a soft doughy inside. Dip your sandwich into your side of tomatillo sauce, adding a light flavor to this heavy bite. For a real deal, stop by any Friday from 4:20pm-8:40pm to enjoy this grilled cheese for only $4.20.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.