NYC Eats: The Best Mac + Cheese

It’s simple: Mac N Cheese is one of the most beloved American comfort foods. From the classic blue box to your Grandma’s home cooked gooey goodness, it’s hard to go wrong with this stuff. So when I heard about S’Mac, short for Sarita’s Macaroni & Cheese, from a friend, I knew I had to try it for myself.

I had heard about its popularity and quality, so I was surprised by how modest the setting was. The interior was actually a bit, for lack of a better word, tacky, with retro shades of orange and yellow. The spot was run down, yet still a quaint little restaurant in the East Village. There was barely enough room to move, though, due to the fact that the small space was incredibly packed, with a line out the door. And even smaller was the kitchen, with just two or three chefs and a couple of servers.

Now S’Mac isn’t some swanky sit down place. At S’Mac, you order at the counter, get a number, and then attempt to find a seat, which we were lucky enough to get.


After gazing at the menu, we finally decided what to go. As I am a buffalo chicken lover, I ordered the Buffalo Chicken Mac N Cheese, while my friends ordered the Cajun and the other a Cheeseburger Mac N Cheese. There are four sizes: Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo, and Partay! We each ordered a Major Munch, which was the perfect size – especially if you want leftovers.

The Mac N Cheese was absolutely delicious. Every Mac N Cheese has the option of bread crumbs, which I went with, and my Buffalo Chicken also has the option of crumbled blue cheese, which was also a fantastic decision. The dish wasn’t too watery the way Mac N Cheese can be, and it wasn’t too toasted. It had the perfect layer of crunchiness on top, with the perfect, gooey, melted cheese underneath. The noodles remained hot too because they serve it in a hot pan, straight from the oven.

I highly recommend a visit. It’s much more casual than I first expected, but the Mac N Cheese is arguably the best I’ve ever had.


S’Mac Locations:

  • 345 East 12th Street between 1st and 2nd avenues
  • 157 East 33rd Street between Lexington and 3rd avenues
  • Kiosk in the park at the corner of 1st avenue and Houston street
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