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14 Decadent Mac and Cheese Dishes in NYC

The creamiest, richest, cheesiest versions to devour

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Mac and cheese is a cherished comfort food, and beyond being a frequent kid’s menu favorite, there are a slew of spots around New York City dishing up decidedly adult takes on the creamy creation. Whether swimming in a mix of aged cheeses, topped with a crispy, bubbly crust, or peppered with bacon or mushrooms, there are some seriously excellent styles of mac and cheese at the places ahead.

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1. Earl's Beer and Cheese

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1259 Park Ave
New York, NY 10029
(212) 289-1581
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Cheese is just as important as the brew selection at this Upper East Side spot, so unsurprisingly, the mac and cheese is impressive. Instead of a familiar-for-the-genre choice like cheddar or jack, Earl’s opts for goat cheese with rosemary. The effect is herbaceous and quite creamy.

Earl’s Beer and Cheese Earl’s Beer and Cheese [Official Photo]

2. Jacob's Pickles

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509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 470-5566
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The mac and cheese at this popular Upper West Side brunch spot is a standout. Choose from a generous, shareable side portion or an entree version, both stuffed with four varieties of cheese — aged NY State cheddar, Pecorino-Romano, American, and mozzarella. The meal-sized version gets brûléed, making for a crunchy-on-top, molten-below finish, and is topped with creamy mushroom sauce as a final flourish.

3. Queens Comfort

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36-18 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 721-3800
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Popular Astoria brunch joint Queens Comfort has all kinds of rich — and effectively hangover-soothing — dishes on offer, considering the focus is comfort fare. Its mac and cheese comes either with bacon and scallions, blended with bechamel, cheddar, and fontina cheeses (pictured here), while the truffle mushroom version contains bechamel, fontina, and cheddar. Or, opt for deep-fried orbs of the stuff, called “atomic fire balls” and served alongside ranch and sriracha.

4. The Smith

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956 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644-2700
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The agreeable local chainlet — though often decried as basic — definitely knows how to deliver satisfying comfort food dishes. That unsurprisingly includes mac and cheese. Here, it comes in a miniature cast iron dish and filled with a blend of cheddar, Fontina, Gruyère, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. A stint in the oven develops a satisfyingly crunchy crust.

5. Beecher's Handmade Cheese

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900 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 466-3340
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This Seattle import’s deft touch with aged dairy is on display in its mac and cheese, with a sharp yet creamy mix of a cheddar-Gruyere mix, Jack, and some cream for good measure. Most unusual is its choice of noodle: penne, which makes for a toothsome experience. While it doesn’t need any accessorizing, optional add-ons include pork belly; crab, Old Bay aioli, and bread crumbs; or balsamic mushrooms and fennel. It’s offered downstairs in the Cellar restaurant portion, as well as for takeaway by the cup upstairs in the Cafe.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Beecher’s Handmade Cheese [Official Photo]

6. Bell Book & Candle

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141 W 10th St # A
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2355
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At this spacious West Village restaurant, the mac and cheese contains a whopping five cheeses: Knockanore smoked Irish cheddar, gruyere, cheddar, gouda, and parmesan. The result is a take on the dish that’s equal parts creamy and smoky.

7. S'MAC East Village

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197 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-7912
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Short for Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese, S’MAC serves up its myriad versions of the namesake dish in personal cast iron skillets. Go for a classic with the four-cheese option, filled with cheddar, Muenster, gruyere, and a bit of Pecorino. Or opt for an unconventional order, like the Mediterranean, with goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic, while the Cajun contains cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses, plus andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic, and Cajun seasoning. Any variety can be ordered with regular, multi-grain, or gluten free elbow macaroni, so it’s a good choice for diners with dietary restrictions.

8. Murray's Mac & Cheese

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254 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-3289 ext. 350
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West Village cheese institution opened this offshoot dedicated to mac and cheese in February 2019. Executive chef David Elkins, an alum of Per Se and the NoMad Hotel, made several varieties beyond the traditional variety including one with buffalo chicken and a bacon-studded take on French onion soup, with gruyere and raclette cheeses. But the plain original version is exemplary, too, constructed with a four-cheese blend and topped with seasoned bread crumbs. Custom orders are also an option.

9. Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

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94 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-2972
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This popular, low-key purveyor of Southern fare serves up long, ringlet-like macaroni, pleasantly congealed with cheese and adorned with crispy, browned crust. Bobwhite’s version is also available at both Urbanspace food halls in Midtown East.

10. Macbar

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54 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8877
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Takeout is the move at this pint-sized Soho spot opened in 2009 by the team behind Delicatessen next door and Cafeteria in Chelsea. It’s devoted completely to mac and cheese, and the dozen options include the carbonara, with pancetta, peas, and parmigiano or the mac ’shroom, with roasted mushrooms, fontina, mascarpone, and truffle oil. Order the large size to nab one of the reusable elbow noodle-shaped yellow plastic dishes.

11. Root & Bone

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200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009
(646) 682-7076
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The fried chicken may hog the spotlight at this East Village Southern joint, but the mac and cheese is worth a try, too. It’s made with long, curly noodles, with a mix of cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, diced onion, Creole mustard, and paprika and comes topped with an unusual twist: buttery crumbled biscuits. Order it as a side dish to accompany the Southern classics on offer, like shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy, or, at brunch, it comes with the fried chicken.

12. Shopsin's

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120 Essex St
New York, NY 10002
(917) 907-4506
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To experience the classic dish in a creative format, head to Shopsin’s, the eccentric luncheonette-type spot with a dizzyingly massive menu of quirky creations. Originally in the West Village for years before it relocated to a tinier space in Essex Street Market on the Lowe East Side, the menu’s beloved oddities remain, like mac and cheese pancakes. Fans of a particularly crispy, crunchy crust to balance out gooey elbow noodles will dig the large expanse of these pancakes’s griddled, crunchy bottoms.

13. DuMont Burger

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314 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-6127
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The Williamsburg burger-centric spot (unaffiliated with DuMont proper since 2014) does more than patties. Its mac and cheese, dubbed “DuMac and cheese,” is a traditional version, made with Gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and cream, topped with breadcrumbs for a pleasant crunch.

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14. Mac Shack NY

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901 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 230-0727
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The gloriously gloppy dish is the star of the show at this Clinton Hill spot. The extra-cheesy pans of mac and cheese are served straight from the oven in the tins they’re baked in and come in both traditional and tricked-out versions, packed with things like lobster or pesto chicken. Mac Shack takes its commitment to the comfort food a step further with unusual formats stuffed with the wriggly, long noodles, like its macwich, pictured here. There’s an outpost in Jamaica, too.

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1. Earl's Beer and Cheese

1259 Park Ave, New York, NY 10029
Earl’s Beer and Cheese Earl’s Beer and Cheese [Official Photo]

Cheese is just as important as the brew selection at this Upper East Side spot, so unsurprisingly, the mac and cheese is impressive. Instead of a familiar-for-the-genre choice like cheddar or jack, Earl’s opts for goat cheese with rosemary. The effect is herbaceous and quite creamy.

1259 Park Ave
New York, NY 10029

2. Jacob's Pickles

509 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

The mac and cheese at this popular Upper West Side brunch spot is a standout. Choose from a generous, shareable side portion or an entree version, both stuffed with four varieties of cheese — aged NY State cheddar, Pecorino-Romano, American, and mozzarella. The meal-sized version gets brûléed, making for a crunchy-on-top, molten-below finish, and is topped with creamy mushroom sauce as a final flourish.

509 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. Queens Comfort

36-18 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

Popular Astoria brunch joint Queens Comfort has all kinds of rich — and effectively hangover-soothing — dishes on offer, considering the focus is comfort fare. Its mac and cheese comes either with bacon and scallions, blended with bechamel, cheddar, and fontina cheeses (pictured here), while the truffle mushroom version contains bechamel, fontina, and cheddar. Or, opt for deep-fried orbs of the stuff, called “atomic fire balls” and served alongside ranch and sriracha.

36-18 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

4. The Smith

956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

The agreeable local chainlet — though often decried as basic — definitely knows how to deliver satisfying comfort food dishes. That unsurprisingly includes mac and cheese. Here, it comes in a miniature cast iron dish and filled with a blend of cheddar, Fontina, Gruyère, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. A stint in the oven develops a satisfyingly crunchy crust.

956 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10022

5. Beecher's Handmade Cheese

900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Beecher’s Handmade Cheese [Official Photo]

This Seattle import’s deft touch with aged dairy is on display in its mac and cheese, with a sharp yet creamy mix of a cheddar-Gruyere mix, Jack, and some cream for good measure. Most unusual is its choice of noodle: penne, which makes for a toothsome experience. While it doesn’t need any accessorizing, optional add-ons include pork belly; crab, Old Bay aioli, and bread crumbs; or balsamic mushrooms and fennel. It’s offered downstairs in the Cellar restaurant portion, as well as for takeaway by the cup upstairs in the Cafe.

900 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

6. Bell Book & Candle

141 W 10th St # A, New York, NY 10014

At this spacious West Village restaurant, the mac and cheese contains a whopping five cheeses: Knockanore smoked Irish cheddar, gruyere, cheddar, gouda, and parmesan. The result is a take on the dish that’s equal parts creamy and smoky.

141 W 10th St # A
New York, NY 10014

7. S'MAC East Village

197 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Short for Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese, S’MAC serves up its myriad versions of the namesake dish in personal cast iron skillets. Go for a classic with the four-cheese option, filled with cheddar, Muenster, gruyere, and a bit of Pecorino. Or opt for an unconventional order, like the Mediterranean, with goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic, while the Cajun contains cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses, plus andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic, and Cajun seasoning. Any variety can be ordered with regular, multi-grain, or gluten free elbow macaroni, so it’s a good choice for diners with dietary restrictions.

197 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003

8. Murray's Mac & Cheese

254 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

West Village cheese institution opened this offshoot dedicated to mac and cheese in February 2019. Executive chef David Elkins, an alum of Per Se and the NoMad Hotel, made several varieties beyond the traditional variety including one with buffalo chicken and a bacon-studded take on French onion soup, with gruyere and raclette cheeses. But the plain original version is exemplary, too, constructed with a four-cheese blend and topped with seasoned bread crumbs. Custom orders are also an option.

254 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

9. Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

94 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

This popular, low-key purveyor of Southern fare serves up long, ringlet-like macaroni, pleasantly congealed with cheese and adorned with crispy, browned crust. Bobwhite’s version is also available at both Urbanspace food halls in Midtown East.

94 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

10. Macbar

54 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

Takeout is the move at this pint-sized Soho spot opened in 2009 by the team behind Delicatessen next door and Cafeteria in Chelsea. It’s devoted completely to mac and cheese, and the dozen options include the carbonara, with pancetta, peas, and parmigiano or the mac ’shroom, with roasted mushrooms, fontina, mascarpone, and truffle oil. Order the large size to nab one of the reusable elbow noodle-shaped yellow plastic dishes.

54 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

11. Root & Bone

200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009
Read Review |

The fried chicken may hog the spotlight at this East Village Southern joint, but the mac and cheese is worth a try, too. It’s made with long, curly noodles, with a mix of cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, diced onion, Creole mustard, and paprika and comes topped with an unusual twist: buttery crumbled biscuits. Order it as a side dish to accompany the Southern classics on offer, like shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy, or, at brunch, it comes with the fried chicken.

200 E 3rd St
New York, NY 10009

12. Shopsin's

120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

To experience the classic dish in a creative format, head to Shopsin’s, the eccentric luncheonette-type spot with a dizzyingly massive menu of quirky creations. Originally in the West Village for years before it relocated to a tinier space in Essex Street Market on the Lowe East Side, the menu’s beloved oddities remain, like mac and cheese pancakes. Fans of a particularly crispy, crunchy crust to balance out gooey elbow noodles will dig the large expanse of these pancakes’s griddled, crunchy bottoms.

120 Essex St
New York, NY 10002

13. DuMont Burger

314 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The Williamsburg burger-centric spot (unaffiliated with DuMont proper since 2014) does more than patties. Its mac and cheese, dubbed “DuMac and cheese,” is a traditional version, made with Gruyere, sharp white cheddar, and cream, topped with breadcrumbs for a pleasant crunch.

314 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

14. Mac Shack NY

901 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

The gloriously gloppy dish is the star of the show at this Clinton Hill spot. The extra-cheesy pans of mac and cheese are served straight from the oven in the tins they’re baked in and come in both traditional and tricked-out versions, packed with things like lobster or pesto chicken. Mac Shack takes its commitment to the comfort food a step further with unusual formats stuffed with the wriggly, long noodles, like its macwich, pictured here. There’s an outpost in Jamaica, too.

901 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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