Make sure you're hungry on April 12 because it's National Grilled Cheese Day and New York City is ready to celebrate! Here are five of our favorite places to get your fix. By Carly Petrone.
90 Washington St.
New York, NY 10006
The mecca of all grilled cheeses can be found at Clinton Hall in the Financial District. Come hungry, because this National Grilled Cheese day you can bite into the Flamin' Hot Grilled Cheese Doughnut! They've teamed up with The Doughnut Project to create this $11 "sandwich" which comes with homemade tomato soup and is hanging on a pretzel hanger so you can take in all that delicious melted cheese. Now that's the way to celebrate. Also available at their new location in the Bronx.
The folks at Melt Shop pretty much celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day every day thanks to their enticing menu of amazing sandwiches. Choose from the classic 3-Cheese option with gruyere, Havarti, goat cheese, and roasted tomatoes on sourdough, or get something spicy like the "Buffalo" – fried chicken, pepper jack, and buffalo blue sauce on sourdough. Bacon lovers can bite into the Maple Bacon, made with sharp cheddar, brick spread, and maple bacon on white bread, while vegetarians can nosh on the "Shroom" – Portobello, goat cheese, Havarti, and parsley pesto on multi-grain bread. Pair your sandwich with some Shop Tots, red cabbage slaw, or tomato soup for the ultimate grilled cheese lunch experience.
254 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10014
If you want to make your own epic grilled cheese at home then do your shopping at Murray's Cheese. They have an entire section dedicated to making the perfect sandwich. Go the French route with some French Double Crème Brie paired with Date Lady Date syrup, or take a trip to Italy with a bit of Fontina Val D'Aosta and D'Artagnan ham. Their "Tickler" cheddar is great to make a classic grilled cheese along with a few slices of Nueske's Wild Cherrywood smoked bacon. If you don't feel like cooking, you can always walk in and grab a Murray's Melt, made with three types of cheese curds and baked on a Pullman loaf. Check out their website for more details and shipping information, or stop into one of their Greenwich Village or Grand Central locations to get the cheesy scoop.
Earl's Beer & Cheese
1259 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10029
If you'd like to pair your sandwich with a nice brew then Earl's Beer & Cheese is the place to go this National Grilled Cheese Day. Each of their sandwiches packs a punch, thanks to intriguing ingredients like kimchi, miso mayo, and ginger fig preserves. Their NY State cheddar cheese sandwich will certainly fill you up, thanks to the pork belly, kimchi, and fried egg that's stuffed between two slices of buttery sourdough. Wash it all down with a fun sour beer like the Highway Manor or a hoppy IPA and call it a day.
94 Avenue C
New York, NY
If you're a fan of that classy pimento cheese, then you have to try the Pimento Cheese sandwich over at Bobwhite Counter. This no-frills grilled cheese is what makes it so great. It's not entirely simple, however -- there are some collard greens tossed in between those two slices of grilled sourdough. You may taste a hint of red pepper, too. Looking for something a bit heartier? Try their fried chicken sandwich with bread and butter pickles and add on Pimento cheese for an extra dollar. Yum!
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