There are few combinations in this world that delight the senses like the classic comfort food that is macaroni and cheese. Beloved generation after generation, even New Yorkers with the most sophisticated of palates have a soft spot for this all-American favorite. In certain NYC restaurants, this is far from kids' stuff: You'll find decadent versions of the harmonious carb/dairy combo blended with ingredients like brie or king crab, while others come flavored with multicultural influences. When the powdered stuff from a box at home just won't do, set out in search of this gooey cheesy goodness at one of the nine best places to get macaroni and cheese in NYC.
Address197 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003, USA
S'Mac — short for Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese — first opened in the East Village in 2006 and has been pleasing mac and cheese lovers ever since. Choose from menu items like the classic All-American plate, featuring a mix of cheddar and American cheeses, or get a bit fancier with an option like the Parisienne, cooked up with creamy brie, roasted figs, shiitake mushrooms, and rosemary.
You can also build-your-own mac-and-cheese dream dish by making selections from a customizable menu of ingredients, including 15 types of cheeses. Notably, S'Mac accommodates those with food restrictions that might otherwise be deprived, with vegan and gluten-free varieties on the menu, too. Whatever you order, it comes served up in a cast iron skillet of bubbly cheese-and-pasta deliciousness.
Address900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
Beecher's Handmade Cheese has made a business of knowing cheeses, with its Flatiron District cheese factory and café turning out row after row of artisanal handmade cheese. Just downstairs, you can visit The Cellar, a working cheese cave that doubles as a restaurant, where you'll find the "World's Best" mac and cheese just begging to be ordered off the menu. Go ahead and order one and see if you don't agree: made with penne pasta (instead of standard macaroni) and blended with Beecher's signature creamy Flagship and Just Jack cheeses – along with a hint of spice – you'll be dreaming of this baked-to-perfection mac and cheese for some time to come.
Address54 Prince St, New York, NY 10012, USA
This SoHo temple to mac and cheese is completely devoted to the dish, with a focus on organic ingredients and artisanal cheeses. Even the casual eatery's design scheme, with its shades of yellows and browns, is done so in an ode to the cult of mac and cheese.
Choose from a dozen incarnations on the menu, like the classic cheddar-and-American plate to more experimental takes like the Mayan Chipotle (made with chicken diablo, Chihuahua cheese, and green onions) or the Mac Reuben (a combo of braised corned beef, pickled sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and crumbled rye bread crumbs). Or, go all out on the indulgent Mac Lobsta’, made with chunks of fresh lobster, cognac, tarragon, and mascarpone. Just keep in mind that the space is small, so you may need to settle on takeout.
Address246 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
This chain of NYC eateries specializes in simple American classics that that are cooked up with the freshest of ingredients, and there's little that fits the bill more than macaroni and cheese. Order up their smoky mac and cheese appetizer, realized with pasta spirals coated in melted smoky gouda that's served in an oven baking dish. The only thing that could make it better? Opting in for some crumbled bacon atop the dish's browned crust. Westville has five outposts in Manhattan and one in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Address264 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
At this longstanding Greenwich Village go-to for all things cheese, rest assured that a near-divine take on mac and cheese comes firmly fixed on their menu. Order up Murray’s Cheese's signature mac and cheese dish, in which elbow macaroni comes coated in a secret blend of four kinds of cheese. Or, experiment with their seasonal mac and cheese offering, which regularly rotates out and is conjured up based on seasonal flavors and ingredients.
Address1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA
This laid-back Upper East Side bar/eatery has earned a following for its craft beer — and its standout macaroni and cheese. Pair a well-poured pint with their perfectly prepared take on the classic, which features huge rigatoni shells and goat cheese, all finished off with crispy rosemary.
This West Village oyster bar/fish shack — and rather unexpected mac and cheese haven — turns out one of the city's most unusual presentations of our beloved macaroni dish: atop a hot dog, that is! Indeed, Ditch Plains serves up their signature Ditch Dogs on a soft bun and coated in creamy mac and cheese. It's the comfort food combo that mom never dared dream up.
Address56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004-4130, USA
Since it first opened in 1837, fine dining restaurant Delmonico's has kept its customers coming back again and again with palate-pleasing menus that have evolved with the taste buds from generation to generation. Case in point today is this superlative side dish: mouthwatering mac and cheese mixed up with Alaskan king crab. Made with Torchio pasta, a blend of Parmesan and Crucolo cheeses, and a generous serving of king crab, it's good enough to order all on its own.
Serving up old-fashioned American comfort food in several locations across the city, Schnippers wins high marks with mac and cheese enthusiasts for its unique presentations. Try a four-cheese version that's baked to order, or opt-in for the Mac & Joe, which divvies up the dish with half mac and cheese and half sloppy Joe. For the ultimate in dairy decadence, pair it with one of Schnippers's classic handmade shakes.