Tue-Thu, noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, noon-1am; Sun, noon-8pm; Mon, closed
F at Delancey St.; J, M, Z at Essex St.
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Canal St. to 14th St., East River to Broadway
This tiny grilled-cheesery is as cute as a mouse’s house, down to the cheese-grater chandelier and faux mousehole in the corner. Sandwiches are executed just right, too, with bread that’s consistently buttery and golden-toasted. Combinations range from butternut squash puree, sage brown butter with Asiago and Muenster; or Maytag Blue, pear puree, and Muenster. It’s fun to know that a tasty mash-up of leeks and pancetta with Gruyère and chèvre was inspired by a favorite pasta of the owners, but you might find yourself longing for a plain, old Velveeta option or maybe something called “four cheese.” (The closest thing to standard is still pretty involved, with white American cheese, tomato, and bacon.) Another quibble is the to-go packaging: While aluminum foil would keep these puppies hot for takeout or delivery, the boxes they’re placed in allow precious cheese-melting heat to escape. Salad and soup sides are serviceable, but the star is the sandwiches—just be sure to eat them before they get cold.Recommended Dishes
Taleggio, fontina, shitake and crimini mushrooms, $9.25; Asiago, Parmesan, butternut squash, sage brown butter, $8.75