Best Mac and Cheese on the Upper West Side

  Last modified on January 23rd, 2019

Whoever first decided to mix macaroni with cheese is someone whose hand I’d like to shake. Who can think of a better way to celebrate life? I’ve loved this comfort food ever since I could eat, and I love having so many options to indulge in this forever beloved treat. Here are, in my view, the restaurants serving the best mac and cheese on the Upper West Side!  

Fred’s Restaurant

476 Amsterdam Ave (south west corner of 83rd Street)

This dog-friendly bar and restaurant serves super creamy mac and cheese with a combination of aged cheddar and parmesan. To this you can add a number of toppings including bacon, buffalo chicken, chorizo, meatballs or pulled pork (and more). This is available on both their dinner and late night menus, and they can also make it gluten-free.

Freds NYC

Restaurant Website


The Smith

1900 Broadway (south east corner of 63rd Street)

One of the many delicious snacks offered at this classy American restaurant is their skillet roasted mac and cheese, which you can find on their starters menu (for dinner, brunch and lunch!).

It’s sharp, gooey and amazing.  Made with elbow macaroni and FOUR types of cheese: cheddar, Fontina, Gruyère and Parmigiano Reggiano.  You can find this amazing NYC food all over Instagram!

The Smith Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website


The Mermaid Inn

570 Amsterdam Ave (between 87th and 88th Streets)

Known mostly for their oysters, this popular happy hour spot offers a scrumptious side of smoked gouda mac & cheese with scallions on their dinner menu. It’s pretty filling and only $9!

Mermaid Inn Mac and Cheese

And you can add lobster, bacon or veggies!

Restaurant Website


P.J. Clarke’s

44 West 63rd Street (right off the corner of Columbus Ave, and across from Lincoln Center)

P.J. Clarke’s is one of my favorite restaurants near Lincoln Center. This old-school saloon serves skillet baked mac and cheese with Vermont cheddar and bread crumbs. They use “Pipette” pasta, which is elbow macaroni which is closed on one end (this keeps all the good cheese sauce inside).

It’s just the right amount of crispy on the outside.
Every once in a while, they’ll also offer their special Maine Lobster Mac and Cheese!

PJ Clarkes Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website


Maison Pickle

2315 Broadway (between 83rd and 84th Streets)

This new American and comfort food restaurant, opened by the owners of Jacob’s Pickles (next on our list) has a classique and midnight style mac and cheese on their menu.

The Midnight is made with sausage, jalapeño, cheese, and topped with a fried egg!

Maison Pickle is a great place to eat and a beautifully decorated restaurant!

Maison Pickle Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website


Jacob’s Pickles

509 Amsterdam Ave (between 84th and 85th Streets)

Jacob’s Pickles dinner and brunch menus feature a standard, buffalo chicken and mushroom mac and cheese!

The buffalo chicken has gotten especially rave reviews.

Jacobs Pickles Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website


The Milling Room

446 Columbus Ave (between 81st and 82nd Streets)

The Milling Room offers a side of orzo mac and cheese, which is super gooey (almost a soup) and made with a parmesan crust, chives and bread crumbs.

This restaurant has an unbelievably giant and stunning interior, with extremely high ceilings. Great place to impress!

Milling Room Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website


Joanne Trattoria

70 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus)

This Italian restaurant, owned by Lady Gaga’s parents, has a Seafood Mac & Cheese entree. This delightful concoction is made with penne, 3 cheeses, scallops & shrimp. Very rich and cheesy!

Joanne Trattoria Mac and Cheese

Restaurant Website

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Mike Mishkin

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking photos with his iPhone.  

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