While winter can grow tiresome this time of year, it can also be a happy excuse for all sorts of indulgences: lazy days on the couch, hot toddies, and our favorite — mac ‘n cheese. If you’re craving the king of all comfort foods, here’s our list: the top five mac ‘n cheese versions in New York.
This elegant Park Avenue bistro long known for its superior cheeses and bistro fare serves a mac ‘n cheese that’s long been a menu staple thanks to its gooey four cheese mix and crisp bread crumb-Parmesan crust. 2 Park Ave., 212-725-8585, artisanalcheese.com
While some single-speciality restaurants can lose their luster once the novelty wears off, this mac-and-cheesery still serves up fabulous skillets, in flavors including Alpine (with Gruyere and slab bacon) and La Mancha (Manchego, fennel and onions). Multiple locations; smacnyc.com
Known for its upscale grilled cheese sandwiches, Queens Kickshaw in Astoria does a mighty fine job with its mac, too — with Gruyère, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, caramelized onions, and, in a novel twist, French green beans. 40-17 Broadway, Queens, 718-777-0913, thequeenskickshaw
Murray’s Cheese Bar
You’d expect a cheese-focused restaurant from the fromage masters at Murray’s to deliver a solid mac ‘n cheese, but they’ve really delivered with two: a four-cheese version with cheddar, Scharfe Maxx, Gruyère and gouda; and Mac & Blue, with smoky blue cheese and bacon, both topped with breadcrumbs. 264 Bleecker St., 646-476-8882, murrayscheesebar.com
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
They call it the World’s Best Mac & Cheese, and while that’s a pretty hard claim to prove, we understand why they’re boasting. This Seattle import brings the rightly famous mac to its Flatiron shop, a super-creamy mix of penne pasta with Beecher’s mellow but flavorful Flagship cheese. 900 Broadway, 212-466-3340, beechershandmadecheese.com
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