Craving your favorite childhood snack, amped up and refined? Taste any of our Top 5 Gourmet Mac & Cheese suggestions for a modern and utterly delicious mac attack.
1 Willow Road
This is anything but your average mac, as this comfort food staple is turned on its head at this constantly buzzing Chelsea favorite. The Willow Mac marries the unique flavors of sweet sausage with notes of aromatic lemon, fennel and parsley to create a truly layered mac; the slight nuttiness of the cheese only adds to this flavorful equation.
What's better than truffle mac? That's right, absolutely nothing. Closed for a brief stint to remodel, this Chelsea staple is back and better than ever--and we're happy to report that most menu items, like their macaroni and cheese, haven't changed a bit. Infused with perfectly potent truffle oil, this crispy meets gooey meets can't-stop-eating-it goodness tops our list of the best of the best. Push tastebuds to the limit and order their “Mac Attack” trio which includes this version as well as their cheddar-fontina and smoked gouda- bacon takes. Did we mention they're open late-night?
3 Flatiron Room
We never thought we'd highlight any semblance of vegetable mac in our top picks, nor did we think we'd include a whiskey-slinging jazzy newcomer to the 26th Street strip, but this positively scrumptious take on this fan favorite has us eating our words. Chef Susan Burdain combines brussel sprouts with radiatore pasta and tops it with a calabrian chile cream sauce; panko breadcrumbs hit that final high note.
4 Murray's Cheese Bar
It should be no surprise that this dish made the all-star list, after all, they're pretty much experts in all things cheese, with their own aging caves no less. Elbow macaroni sets the stage for the ultimate triple threat: layers of sharp Tickler cheddar, nutty cave-aged gruyere and creamy mozzarella di buffalo. The final touches? Spiced tasso ham, fried onion and even more gruyere, crisped to ultimate crust-perfection.
5 Waverly Inn
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets you never knew, this off-menu stunner packs a wallop, of the truffle variety that is. With four layers of cheesy goodness, the real palate pleaser comes not from store-bought truffle oil, but from the fresh stuff, pulled straight from the ground. Clearly, the Waverly Inn does not mess around, for this is the real deal folks. Do yourself a favor and don’t even open the menu, instead, ask what the truffle selection is for the night (these babies change with the season) and prepare to drop a pretty penny. Trust us, the one of a kind mac and cheese is well worth the money, and the calories.