The 10 Best Macaroni and Cheeses in NYC

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Elbow Room
Unless you're a lactose-intolerant celiac, odds are you've got a soft spot for macaroni and cheese. Among the numerous dishes that make up the comfort food lexicon, the spruced up noodles hit that perfect balance of crisp crust and gooey interior, and the top renditions can be downright mesmerizing in their decadence. Few dishes are so easily associated with home, no matter where that may be, and New York City doesn't disappoint when it comes to superlative dairy-laced carbs. As we've seen with so many other foods put through our cultural wringer, this melting pot has a knack for cultivating crossover-foods, and macaroni and cheese is no different. Dig around and you'll find varieties with influences from Mexico, Jamaica, Germany, and beyond. Here are our 10 best.

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S'Mac

10. S'Mac, 345 East 12th Street; 212-358-7917

Sarita and Caesar Ekya are pioneers of the single-item restaurant genre, which has gone on to spawn successes and failures based around everything from taquitos and bagel balls to poutine, but S'Mac still soldiers on. Their flagship East Village shop has doled out globally inspired mac and cheese in cast iron pans since 2006, including a Spanish version with manchego and fennel and a masala-fueled recipe channeling the flavors of India. But the soft elbows find their nirvana in the Buffalo chicken mac and cheese, a sultry mix of chicken, cheddar, and American cheese turned Halloween-orange thanks to a helping of tangy hot sauce.

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Feldman

9. Westville, 210 West 10th Street (with locations in Chelsea, East Village and SoHo); 212-741-7971

This local mini-chain run by the bespectacled Jay Strauss churns out a steady stream of solid American classics, and the mac and cheese is no exception. Springy spirale pasta is the perfect vehicle for the restaurant's signature smoked Gouda béchamel, which envelops each tubular, twisted noodle like a rich, creamy hug. The oval baking dish arrives steaming, the top layer of noodles burnished and browned. It's already plenty smoky thanks to the Gouda, but the option to add crumbly slips of bacon should be all but mandatory.

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Mac Shack

8. Mac Shack, 901 Fulton Street, Brooklyn; 718-230-0727

Featuring creative offerings with a bevy of Brooklyn tie-ins, Mac Shack embraces and honors its neighbors through the noble medium of noodles and melted cheese. Both the north (mozzarella, smoked gouda) and south (queso blanco, emmental) domains of King's County get their due, while several types of curry and jerk spice versions pay tribute to the surrounding community. Jerked and smoked duck confit may not seem like a natural companion to the dish, but when it comes to mac and cheese, if you're going to add mix-ins, they need to be flavorful enough to stand up to the barrage of dairy--especially when the dairy in question is pungent, mildly funky Fontina. The cheese's earthiness combined with the chunks of spiced, smoky duck leg meat is irresistible.


Location Info

S'mac

345 E. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Westville

210 W. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Queens Comfort

40-09 30th Ave., Long Island City, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Queens Kickshaw

40-17 Broadway, Long Island City, NY

Category: Restaurant

Murray's Cheese Bar

264 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Milk Truck

, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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19 comments
mrf948
mrf948

Thank you for including a Bronx restaurant. I will try soon. Maybe this will encourage you to include more Bronx listings!

Jimmy Dabrowski
Jimmy Dabrowski

Brooklyn Bowl's with artichoke & black olives is bangin!

Peter Staley
Peter Staley

We've added mac + cheese to our Thanksgiving menu!

Sean Patrick
Sean Patrick

You left out Dumont...are you guys fucking high?

spookyscribe
spookyscribe

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spookyscribe
spookyscribe

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Josefo Ortiz de Dominguez
Josefo Ortiz de Dominguez

Elbow room is gross, everything frozen just heated up in a microwave plus messy kitchen n those guys never use gloves eeeewwwww

Nina Maxwell
Nina Maxwell

nope--not lactose int or caelic but Ive never really gotten the whole mac and cheese thing- its okay but nothing great.

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