Greenwich Village cheese shop Murray’s Cheese is expanding yet again with a new fast-casual pop-up restaurant dedicated solely to mac and cheese.
Murray’s Mac & Cheese opens Sunday at 254 Bleecker St., next door to the specialty cheese shop’s flagship location and a few doors down from Murray’s Cheese Bar. The menu comes from executive chef David Elkins, who started at Murray’s in 2017 following stints at Per Se and the NoMad Hotel. Expect several varieties of mac and cheese, like buffalo chicken (New York cheddar, blue cheese, chicken, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing) and French onion (gruyere, raclette, caramelized onions, and bacon). A classic option will also be on tap, or diners can opt to make their own.
As for drinks, bottled and canned beverages will be sold. While Murray’s will be provide the cheese, the macaroni will come from New York pasta maker Sfoglini.
The mac and cheese spot will have its own separate entrance, and inside, there will be enough room for 20 diners. The set-up is fast-casual, with to-go options available. A spokesperson tells Eater the restaurant is a temporary pop-up and will likely close in August.
It’s Murray’s third concept on the block: In 2012, its cheese bar swang open at 264 Bleecker St., serving grilled cheese sandwiches, pastas, fondues, and wine. The cheese icon has been around since 1940, and in 2017, its flagship store was purchased by supermarket chain the Kroger Co., forming a merger between the two companies. Murray’s products can be found at more than 400 Kroger locations around the U.S.
Murray’s Mac & Cheese opens this Sunday, February 24, with a limited menu. It’ll be closed on Monday, but a full menu and regular hours arrive on March 1. Starting then, the restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p. m.
Update: April 17, 2019, 1:30 p.m. This article has been updated to show that this restaurant is a temporary pop-up running through July.