If you're just as obsessed about beer and cheese as I am you will appreciate this piece, because I'm about to dive into the world of best Grilled Cheeses in NYC. After trying some spots and doing my research I have narrowed down the best grilled cheeses in NYC to the following:
Murray's Cheese Bar
West Village - $$
Murray’s Cheese Bar, the new offshoot of the esteemed cheese shop a few doors down, would seem to have an edge in its particular niche. Its sibling stocks the city’s most impressive selection of cave-aged cheeses, along with bespoke beers, cured meats, pickles, olives and artisanal chocolate.
LES - $
Located in the LES, Little Meunster has some mouthwatering treats. The gourmet grilled-cheese trend shows no sign of slowing with the debut of this 13-seat sandwich shop. Choose from nine globe-trotting sammies, including cotija with tomatillos and a corn-jalapeño puree on peasant bread; the Italian semihard cheesepuzzone with speck and sage on French sourdough; and Iberico cheese with anchovies, caramelized onion, portobello mushroom and red peppers. You can add bone-marrow butter for an extra buck.
Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter
East Village - $
Blue Smoke alum Amanda Beame dishes out at Southern classics updated with sustainable ingredients at this homestyle eatery. On the menu: fried free-range chicken, Hudson Valley collard greens and pimento cheese sandwiches. The simple 17-seat space features an L-shaped reclaimed-wood bar and exposed brick.
Earl's Beer and Cheese
East Harlem - $
Tucked into the no-man’s-land between the Upper East Side and Spanish Harlem, this craft-beer cubbyhole has the sort of community-hub vibe that makes you want to settle in and become part of the furniture. The well-priced suds (including rotating craft brews and cheap cans of Genny Light) and slapdash setup appeal to a neighborhood crowd, but it's chef Corey Cova's madcap bar food that makes it destinationworthy. The Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum is a comfort-food savant, deploying local curds in a variety of kitchen-sink creations. Try the NY State Cheddar—a grilled cheese featuring an unstoppable combo of braised pork belly, fried egg and house-made kimchi—or dig into an Eggo waffle topped with coffee-cured bacon, reduced maple syrup, aged cheddar and grilled foie gras.
Morris Sandwich Shop
Crown Heights - $
Glady's owner Michael Jacober serves sandwiches like the Bubie (pastrami-spice corned beef, charred onion mustard) and Big Trouble in Little China (Szechuan-braised pork, pickled cabbage), along with Toby's Estate Coffee, at a carryout counter next door.
Midtown East - $
Counter-service grilled cheese sandwich shop that also serves breakfast fare & tater tots.
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Flatiron - $$
Celebrated Seattle cheese-maker Beecher's operates this curd complex, featuring a restaurant, café, retail shop and 3,000-square-foot cheese-making facility. Watch as vats of local milk are converted into artisan curds from one of four windows surrounding the work space. You can find the resulting products, including a washed rind Flatiron cheese exclusive to New York, among the 100 selections in the ground-level shop. An adjacent daytime café serves the outfit's famous mac and cheese, grilled melts, soups and salads. Descend into the subterranean Cellar restaurant—decorated with exposed brick, raw-wood communal tables and a cowhide banquette—for more sophisticated shareable plates. The menu includes small dishes like roasted pork with tomatillo sauce and five haute mac-and-cheese variations.