Notable Dishes

NYC's Best for Inventive Grilled Cheese

Get your fromage on at these cheesy spots where the grilled cheese sandwiches come with gourmet toppings, from jalapeños to fig jam to chorizo.

  • Lucy's Whey
    • Cheese Shop
    • East 90s
    Quality
    29
    Appeal
    26
    Service
    29
    Cost
    M

    At this new cafe on the UES, cheese lovers can order one of several different grilled cheese sandwiches made with unique ingredients, like the Lucy's Favorite (made with cheddar and fig jam, $9) or the Ham and Cheese (made with smoked maple bourbon ham, comte, and balsamic onions, $12).

  • Court Street Grocers
    • Gourmet Grocery Store
    • Carroll Gardens
    Quality
    29
    Appeal
    28
    Service
    27
    Cost
    I

    Come for the groceries and stay for the grilled cheese (made with Cabot cheddar, American cheese, and pecorino on inverted Sullivan St. stecca, $6.20) at this gourmet shop in Carroll Gardens.

  • Beecher's Handmade Cheese
    • Cheese Shop
    • Flatiron
    Quality
    27
    Appeal
    23
    Service
    24
    Cost
    M

    The $6 grilled cheese at this much-beloved Flatiron cheese shop is made with Flagship and Just Jack cheeses, resulting in a gooey sandwich that tastes a lot like its famous mac and cheese (only without the "mac").

  • Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro
    • French
    • Murray Hill
    Food
    23
    Decor
    21
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $56

    This Murray Hill brasserie serves up a couple of different versions of the grilled cheese, including one called The Spaniard ($16.95), made with manchego, chorizo, and piquillo peppers.

  • Murray's Cheese Bar
    • American
    • West Village
    Food
    23
    Decor
    15
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $38

    At this West Village cheese bar, diners can go for a classic grilled cheese served with tomato soup, or opt for a more unique version, like the Frenchman, made with applewood-smoked ham, French brie, and cornichons ($14).

  • The Queens Kickshaw
    • American
    • Astoria
    Food
    21
    Decor
    18
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $26

    This Astoria sandwich shop is known for its upgraded grilled cheese, including one version of the childhood staple made with gouda, black bean hummus, guava jam, and pickled jalapeños ($10).

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