Imagine, if you will, a restaurant that serves only the best of hangover remedies. And by hangover remedy, I mean mac’n'cheese. Yummy, creamy, cheesy mac’n'cheese.
Imagine a place that is tucked away in the midst of the big, bad city–New York, perhaps–and would likely be missed by the casual observer.
It’s a small restaurant with only a few tables. All orders are made fresh to order. You can grab your favorite iteration of mac’n'cheese, made with only the freshest, local ingredients, to go or hope for a seat to open up.
You can munch on hot, creamy noodles mixed with lobster, ground beef, duck or veggies. Any way you want to play it, really. It’s all about you.
It sounds like a dream come true, no? Yet, this is no fantasy. This is the wondrousness of Macbar, a small restaurant cum food stall on Prince Street.
I stumbled upon Macbar by complete accident. I was early to meet a friend for a drink and was looking for a place to grab a slice to kill some time. I probably wouldn’t have noticed Macbar if someone hadn’t walked out and bumped into me, making me aware of the sweet, sweet cheesy ambrosia smell emanating from the premises.
How could I resist?
I had trouble deciding what to order. While the menu is limited–y’know, being all mac’n'cheese and all–the options are all pretty darn tempting. Ultimately, I decided to start with something basic: the cheeseburger macaroni.
I was not disappointed. Fresh out of the oven, my noodles were cheesy, burger-y and delicious in all the right ways. And though I got a small, I got a big ol’ portion served up. I couldn’t finish it despite every fiber of my being begging me to take another bite.
I will be returning to Macbar on my next trip to New York City. Honestly, I’m not sure why they aren’t popping up in franchise form all over the country. Yum.
54 Prince Street
New York, NY
Photo courtesy of Kayt Sukel.