244 W. 16th Street, 212-206-8640
As a kid, wouldn’t touch it. As an adult, don’t crave it. But when it shows up here all golden and crusty as a side dish, I’ll happily down it.
Best Mac & Cheese
We asked our house foodies to give us the lowdown on a few of their favorite things.
2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, at 32nd St., 212-725-8585
The thinking man’s choice, provided you don’t get too carried away trying to divine all the cheeses.
432 Union Ave., 11211, between Metropolitan Ave. and Devoe St., 718-486-7717
This one’s got a lot going for it: white Cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyère, plus—for textural contrast—a smattering of salty, chewy lardons.
- Blue Smoke
116 E. 27th St., 10016, between Park and Lexington Avenues, 212-447-7733
An obscenely rich, ultra-creamy, unbearably great mac ’n’ cheese, free of gourmet gewgaws. It’s like a Stouffer’s version that went to finishing school.
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).