A whiff of smoke makes all the difference at Waldy’s. Their wood oven is the secret to their excellent penne with Roquefort and croutons. It’s awesome stuff, declares jakew8, and relatively cheap at $7. Other baked-penne options: two cheddars, sausage-broccoli rabe, and mozzarella, tomato, and vodka.
Good gives macaroni and cheese a border spin, spiking it with green chile. Underneath its tortilla crust, it’s beautifully creamy and cheesy, says janethepain, avoiding the “baked top only with nothing but greasy cooked noodles on the bottom” pitfall.
At Home, tomatoes, fresh herbs. and a tangy mix of cheeses are the ticket, says FoodDemon. The version at nearby Deborah comes with or without turkey kielbasa, but either way it’s super, says cjthekid.
A Southern touch works wonders at Melba’s, whose Tres Macaroni and Cheese combines cheddar, mozzarella, and pepper jack, and Mama’s, which adds a welcome note of garlic.
More hound-endorsed mac and cheese can be found at City Bakery, Artisanal, Ditch Plains, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, Blue Smoke, and Virgil’s.
And in Brooklyn, the bewitching version at DuMont and DuMont Burger has hounds thinking unlikely thoughts. “I could give myself a facial in the DuMac and Cheese,” muses awesomechoi.
Waldy’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Penne [Chelsea]
800 6th Ave., between W. 27th and 28th Sts., Manhattan
Good [Greenwich Village]
89 Greenwich Ave., at Bank St., Manhattan
Home Restaurant [Greenwich Village]
20 Cornelia St., between Bleecker and W. 4th, Manhattan
Deborah [Greenwich Village]
43 Carmine St., between Bleecker and Bedford, Manhattan
Melba’s Restaurant [Harlem]
300 W. 114th St., at Frederick Douglass Blvd. (8th Ave.), Manhattan
Mama’s Food Shop [East Village]
200 E. 3rd St., just west of Ave. B, Manhattan
City Bakery [Flatiron]
3 W. 18th St., between 5th and 6th Aves., Manhattan
Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro [Murray Hill]
2 Park Ave. (entrance on 32nd St.), Manhattan
Ditch Plains [Greenwich Village]
29 Bedford St., at Downing, Manhattan
Schiller’s Liquor Bar [Lower East Side]
131 Rivington St., at Norfolk, Manhattan
Blue Smoke [Gramercy]
116 E. 27th St., between Lexington and Park Aves., Manhattan
Virgil’s Real Barbecue [Times Square]
152 W. 44th St., between Broadway and 6th Ave., Manhattan
432 Union Ave., between Devoe St. and Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn
DuMont Burger [Williamsburg]
314 Bedford Ave., between S. 1st and 2nd Sts., Brooklyn
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