Thursday, March 26, 2009

Next Magazine Review - Best Mac Daddy

The Mac & Cheese ($14) from The Half King (505 W 23rd St, btwn 10th/11th Aves, 212-462-4300, thehalfking.com) puts mozzarella, cheddar, and American cheese together at their cheesy best and tops it with parmesan. Bacon absolutely seals the deal, and little chunks of tomatoes and broccoli florets are thrown in for a healthy touch. It’s a huge portion, perfect to share.

Ditch Plains (29 Bedford St @ at Downing St, 212-633-0202, ditch-plains.com) shamelessly offers Ditch Dogs (2/$12), featuring two fantastic, smoky hot dogs in a basket with thick shoestring French fries and scrumptious mac n’ cheese on top, made with gruy√®re, American and parmesan cheeses. We swore to split only one cheese-laden dog, but both ended up going down our respective hatches in a feeding frenzy. Utterly delicious and appalling at the same time.

With our ginormous (no, reaaally) Burger ($10) from Nolita House (47 E Houston St, btwn Mulberry/Mott, 212-625-1712, nolitahouse.com) we loved the side of delicious Macaroni & Cheese ($6) with tight spirals of gemelli pasta in a variety of four cheeses baked with bread crumbs. The place is always so fun but the Bluegrass Sunday Brunch in particular literally rocks.
Zemi (130 Ninth Ave @ 18th St, 212-924-6950) tops my favorites list once again with their Macaroni & Cheese ($10), an excellent, homey, creamy dish, with extra sharp cheddar, Parmesan and a little added Asian flair from the baked Panko bread crumb crust.

Although groovy cocktails might seem to be the main attraction at Tillman’s (165 W 26th St, 212-627-8320, tillmansnyc.com) such as an ultra-smooth U’luvka Martini ($15), you have to try The Mack ($9), just fabulous, with apple smoked bacon, peas and heady, fresh sage in a combo of sweet mascarpone and parmesan cheeses, with a topping of perfectly browned bread crumbs. And by all means, keep the cheesy-goodness going on with the scrumdidiliumptious French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese ($14).

I'm in mourning for the Mac & Cheese Kroket from bamn! (erst of 37 St. Marks Place @ 2nd Ave, 212-358-7685, bamnfood.com), as they very recently closed. It was a secret combo of cheeses deep-fried with macaroni. That’s all you needed to know at 3 o'clock in the morning, or anytime, really. And also, it was only $2. Requiesat in Pasta.

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