Mac 'n cheese! Mac-Mac 'n cheese! Can we have some, please? Answer? YES. The comfort food staple gets elevated at this noodle focused eatery now open in Murray Hill.Single-food restaurants are, at this point, not revolutionary. Nor is mac 'n cheese. But put those two concepts together and, well, S'MAC the all-mac 'n cheese, all-the-time eatery in Murray Hill has just gone and blown our minds. The idea was conceived after a husband-and-wife engineering duo moved to the city from New Hampshire; they just wanted the thrill of living in Manhattan. But after seeing single-food standouts like Peanut Butter & Co., they thought "Why isn't there any place that does just mac 'n cheese?" Luckily, that's a question we'll never need to ask again.
Lest it seem like the menu might be somewhat limited, take note: this joint offers up 12 different takes on the simple dish, including gluten-free and vegan options. The Alpine pairs gruyere cheese with thick slabs of bacon; the Parisienne is "Mac-n-Cheese for the upper crust," with creamy brie, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms and fresh rosemary. And our personal favorite? The Cajun contains cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and some gen-u-wine Cajun seasoning to kick things up a notch. Regardless of choice, each skillet (with size names that include Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay!) come bubbling hot and crunchy with a topping of breadcrumbs. It'll be hard, but we highly recommend waiting a minute or two to let it cool before diving in. Cheese burns hurt...so good.
4 Cheese, $7.75 (Major Munch)
Napoletana, $9.75 (Major Munch)
Alpine, $10.75 (Major Munch)
Buffalo Chicken, $10.75 (Major Munch)
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.