It’s National Grilled Cheese Month, and New York restaurants and bars across the city offer classic and creative takes on everyone’s favorite sandwich. Check out these six must-try grilled cheese sandwiches on Gotham’s radar.
For a preview of the summer months ahead, make a stop at the Bungalow Bar pop-up at the Refinery Hotel’s Hatbox event space. Through May 1, you can order their lobster grilled cheese and pair it with summery frozen cocktails. The lobster shack concept pays homage to the beloved Bungalow Bar in Rockaway Beach. 63 W. 38th St., 646-664-0310
Dominique Ansel Bakery offers much more than its cult-favorite cronut. We love the melted mix of mozzarella, fontina, and Gruyere tucked between bread that’s slathered in herbed butter. This grilled cheese rendition also has hints of sweetness from a caramelized onion marmalade. You could say it’s like a French onion soup in sandwich form. 189 Spring St., 212-219-2773
There are 10 types of grilled cheese featured on Amused’s menu—from white cheddar with tomato-bacon marmalade to smoked gouda with figs. The S’mores Grilled Sandwich debuts in honor of National Grilled Cheese Day on April 12, and all sales of the special-edition sandwich will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. It’s also worth noting that gluten-free bread is an option, too. 142 W. 83rd St., 212-799-0080
You’ve downed a cocktail or two at one of the most fun bars in the city and now you have the munchies. It’s time to order the Grilled Cheese Bikini—a no-frills sandwich filled with gooey fontina and American cheese that’s served with the ultimate complement of tomato soup. 121 W. 10th St., 212-243-2827
Egg in Williamsburg is one of the hottest places for brunch on weekends (it actually serves breakfast all day long). And while the eatery rightfully earns its moniker with their delicious egg dishes, the grilled cheese shouldn’t be missed. You can choose Amy’s organic country white or five-grain bread to ensconce a generous helping of Grafton cheddar cheese. Pair this comfort food with a side of salad or fries. 109 N. Third St., Williamsburg, 718-302-5151
Melt Shop’s fast-casual concept boasts five locations in Manhattan and is perfect when you want something simple. Perhaps it’s a rainy day (they deliver) or you just want something quick, but the Truffle Melt (filled with Havarti cheese, truffle oil, and arugula on sourdough bread) will surely hit the spot. Add one of their addictive milkshakes—Nutella is one of the flavors on offer—and we guarantee you’ll be back. Various locations
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