Best Thing We Ate

8 Must-Try Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in NYC

By Kelly Dobkin  |  March 3, 2015

It's early March and there's still snow on the ground — the only solution? Eat more grilled cheese. Here are eight notable versions of the childhood classic to comfort you through the last weeks of winter.

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  • Bar Sardine

    The revamp of the former Chez Sardine last summer repurposed the smallish space into a bar offering high-top seating around the perimeter for tippling on cocktails and burgers. Their take on the cheesy childhood favorite is made with Gruyère and fresh mozzarella cheeses, slathered in eggplant-tomato tapenade and then served on a grilled Sullivan Street Bakery filone with beer mustard on the side.

    Price: $13

    The details: 183 W. 10th St.; 646-360-3705

  • Egg

    Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Williamsburg brunch classic (now in a new, larger space) still makes a mean grilled cheese using Grafton cheddar on Amy’s organic country white or five-grain bread. Optional toppings include pickled jalapeños or broiled tomatoes for $1.25 and bacon for $2.

    Price: $9

    The details: 109 N. Third St., Brooklyn; 718-302-5151

  • The Marshal

    At this Hell's Kitchen farm-to-table eatery, the grilled cheese is grilled in a wood-fired oven, melding together creamy mashed butternut squash and NY State white cheddar on fresh seven-grain bread.

    Price: $16

    The details: 628 10th Ave.; 212-582-6300

  • The Happiest Hour

    This West Village hot spot has been a major hit since opening in the former Kingswood space last fall. But so far, it's been known primarily for its retro-inspired cocktails and killer burgers. Give their grilled cheese bikini a try after you've had a few too many: it's made with fontina and American cheeses and served with a small bowl of tomato-basil soup.

    Price: $8

    The details: 121 W. 10th St.; 212-243-2827

  • The Wheelhouse

    At this all-grilled cheese shop in Bushwick, you can build your own ultimate sandwich with a variety of breads, cheeses and fillings like dill pickles, avocado and sautéed spinach.

    Price: Starts at $7

    165 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn; 718-483-9970

  • Melt Shop

    At this all-grilled-cheese emporium with multiple locations, one of the newer and more curious additions to the menu is this sammy that's half patty melt and half grilled cheese. A whole burger patty is sandwiched between two slices of sourdough that's laced with aged cheddar, caramelized onions, pickles, Brick spread (a Wisconsin cheese-based condiment) and the house burger sauce.

    Price: $8.96 

    The details: Multiple locations, but newest is at 877 Eighth Ave.; 646-781-8400

  • Toro

    Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette's Chelsea tapas hot spot serves up a Barcelona-inspired take on the American staple. The pressed bocadillo sandwich features Idiazabal cheese, Bien Cuit bread, house-cured porchetta, mustard greens, mustard and housemade pickled relish.

    Price: $12

    The details: 85 10th Ave.; 212-691-2360

  • The Gorbals

    Knife Fight star Ilan Hall's Williamsburg outpost tweaks the British dish toad-in-a-hole by melding it with traditional grilled cheese ingredients. He starts by suspending a fried egg into a hole carved into the housemade sourdough and then layers in aged cheddar and crisps the whole thing up on a wood-fired grill.

    Price: $9

    The details: 98 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn; 718-387-0195