There are few things in life more satisfying than the first bite of something truly delicious. There are few things in life more comforting than when that first bite is full of cheese. Be it cow, sheep, goat, or a mixture of all three, cheese comes in many shapes and sizes, tastes and textures, and makes an appearance on more than its fair share of menus in some form.
National Grilled Cheese Day is Friday, April 12th, and to celebrate, here are our Top Five best cheese picks from around the city.
Marlow & Sons (81 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
123 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10003
These Belgian fries are freshly cut and fried (twice) to a golden crisp, then garnished and paired with your choice of sauce. Forget about ketchup to go with these authentic fries, you get to choose from various mustards, mayos and curries. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside
18 Bedford Avenue Greenpoint, NY 11222
Here, the fries are good, and the truffle fries --even better. This place packs in a crowd and is especially popular during brunch. Expect to wait, but as for the fries, the wait is well worth it.
The Spotted Pig doesn’t need a review. Executive Chef April Bloomfield and company have already made this West Village gastropub a place to be visited, but nevertheless, here we go.
I went a couple weeks ago and here are my must-try dishes:
For starters, the Chicken Liver Toast (if that’s your kinda thing) is well seasoned and has just the right ratio between pate and toast. Another great starter is the Buffalo Mozzarella with House Made Pancetta and Fennel which is perfect when you assemble all the components into one crafted bite.
And lastly, the Pumpkin Salad with Aged Pecorino and Pine nuts is my favorite thing on the menu. It tastes like Thanksgiving comfort food but with the lightness of a salad (amazing!).
If the idea of buying the typical hot dog or cracker jacks at your next baseball game just doesn’t cut it for you, the Yankees have you covered; offering something a bit more sophisticated-albeit at a price.
Florence Fabricant of the New York Times reports that “The folks in the 4,000 or so premium seats at the new Yankee stadium, which will cost as much as $2,500 - will get a bit more than the average fan. They’ll have separate restaurants and dining areas for their exclusive enjoyment and the food will be prepared at open cooking stations run, from time to time, by Masaharu Morimoto, April Bloomfield from the Spotted Pig, and chefs from Le Cirque.” Furthermore, “Those in one of the 1,200 Delta 360 Club seats will have access to a dining room where chefs from the Food Network will occasionally cook at two open kitchens.”