During the dog days of winter, there is little that’s more comforting than a warm grilled cheese sandwich. Though the meal is easy enough to cook one in your own kitchen, if you’re in the mood for a more decadent or unique experience, look no further than these three New York City eateries:
Melt Shop has two locations: one in Chelsea and one in Midtown. Grilled cheese in its many varieties is the restaurant’s only menu item. For more traditional folk, there is the Cheddar Bacon Melt, made of aged cheddar topped with thick cut, maple-cured Vermont bacon. Prefer a sandwich that calls to mind Turkey Day? Taste the Thanksgiving Dinner melt, which is a gooey brie sandwich topped with smoked turkey, caramelized onions, and cranberry jam.
Perhaps a play on the Lady Gaga fan term ‘Little Monsters,’ Little Muenster is less about the toppings and more about fancy cheeses. In this instance, the cheese does stand alone. Its Gruyere, Provolone, and Muenster sandwich is a dairy trio made in heaven. The same can be said of the Asiago, Parmesan, Butternut Squash, and Brown Butter sandwich. Best of all, no matter what you order, it will be served on delicious, locally-baked peasant bread.
Interested in trying an assortment of strange meats paired with complex cheeses? Look no further than The Cannibal. The store doubles as both a beer haunt and a butcher shop. If you’re craving an adult beverage to go along with your grilled cheese, sip one of the 45o brews on tap. The sandwich itself is appropriately chock full o’ pig. Tender pork belly is layered with bacon, cheddar, and Gruyere, producing a heart-stopping (but downright delicious) concoction.
Have you tried out these three NYC grilled cheese spots?