The Best Mac & Cheese In NYC

Ever have one of those days when you get a craving for something and can’t shake it? Well that was me recently. I had a craving for good old Mac & Cheese. Trying to find a place to grab lunch, all I could think of was Mac & Cheese. But not the kind that comes out of a blue box, the real deal. But it isn’t easy to find.

Racking my brain and trying to figure out where I can go to satisfy my craving, I suddenly remembered a spot nearby. So I headed down 2nd Ave to the mother ship…..S’Mac.

S’Mac is a little cafe in the East Village that serves one thing and one thing only….Mac & Cheese. The interior is orange & yellow, very much like the color of cheese. The formica tables all have a plastic basket containing silverware, napkins and condiments. You head up to the counter and choose from their recommendations, such as All-American, 4 Cheese, Cheeseburger, to name just a few. Or you can build your own from the various fix-ins and mix-ins.

I decide to go with Sarita’s recommendation – The Alpine. Hanging on the brick wall are a variety of skillets, signifying your size options – Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay. Realizing my choice is rich, I go with the Nosh. Smart choice. I’m given a number on a stand and find a table in the corner by the window.

As I glance around, I realize this place is hopping. What’s taken me so long to try them? Then I see a vision approaching, holding a steaming and crackling frying pan. “Here you go #5….Enjoy.” I will.

The aroma that fills the air, lets me know I made the right choice. Elbow macaroni – cooked al dente, in a gooey cheesey sauce made from gruyere cheese and chunks of slab bacon. YUMMY!!!! I especially love the crispy burnt edges. This sinfully delicious pan satisfied my craving and then some. With an iced tea, my lunch came in at $10.

The problem is that I can’t stop thinking about my meal. I now have to fight the temptation of indulging again. Damn you S’Mac!!!


Happiness, $25 and under.


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A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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