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Best mac and cheese NYC: Macbar, Mexicue, Murray's and more

If there was ever a more perfect pair than macaroni and cheese, we'd like to know about it.

There's pretty much nothing more comforting than a warm dish full of melty, homemade mac and cheese. OK, a mac and cheese sandwich will do it, too.

Challenge yourself to eat all of these NYC mac and cheeses on Wednesday, National Cheese Lover's Day, for optimal mac and cheese enjoyment.

The Bonnie's Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Pasta shells are coated in a creamy blend
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Pasta shells are coated in a creamy blend of smoked Gouda and fontina and baked in a skillet with breadcrumbs until crisp. Add bacon for some additional crunch and savoriness to this rich and hugely satisfying mac and cheese. 29-12 23rd Ave., Astoria, thebonnie.com

The Elbow Room's Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Just when you thought comfort food couldn't possibly
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Just when you thought comfort food couldn't possibly get any better, The Elbow Room did the unexpected: combining cheeseburger and noodles in one. The creamy American cheese sauce is spiked with small bites of dill pickle and ground beef. Topped with a bed of shredded lettuce, stir in the greens for a satisfying crunch with each bite of noodle. Also of note for those tolerant of lactose and those who avoid cheese is the vegan queso fundido -- an impossibly creamy dairy-free vegan mac with a spicy Mexican kick.

267 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, morgansbrooklynbarbecue.com

Mexicue's Green Chili Mac

Nacho fans rejoice -- queso has found its
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Nacho fans rejoice -- queso has found its new favorite carb on this Mexican BBQ restaurant's mac and cheese. Twisty noodles are covered in creamy queso sauce, full of spicy flecks of jalapeño. Topped with a light sprinkle of cojita cheese, this side dish is one of Mexicue's star menu items.

1440 Broadway and 345 Seventh Ave., mexicue.com

Macbar's Margarita Mac

Fans of Margarita pizza will enjoy it in
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Fans of Margarita pizza will enjoy it in a cheesier, more noodle-centric form with this simple yet extremely tasty rendition. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and ribbons of basil are combined to bring out simple caprese-salad like flavors in this cheesy macaroni dish. If you want something a bit more elevated, try Mac Lobsta', made with fresh chunks of lobster and cognac!

54 Prince St., macbar.net

Beecher's Mac and Cheese

At a store known for making their own
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At a store known for making their own variety of American cheese, how could the mac and cheese not be one of the best? Named the "World's Best" on their menu, we're apt not to disagree that these soft penne noodles drenched in their creamy cheese sauce doesn't stack up.

900 Broadway, beechershandmadecheese.com

S'MAC's Four Cheese Mac

There's no smack to talk about S'MAC's macaroni
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There's no smack to talk about S'MAC's macaroni and cheese creations -- all customizable with veggies, extra cheese, gluten-free pasta or meats. Enjoyable both in the restaurant skillet or just as takeout, the four cheese mac and cheese uses cheddar, Muenster, Gruyere and a touch of Pecorino for a slight sharpness with loads of creaminess. Always order a size up, because the leftovers are just as good.

157 East 33rd St. and 345 East 12th St., smacnyc.com

Murray's Cheese Bar's Classic Mac and Cheese

Murray's Cheese Bar serves up a steaming dish
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Murray's Cheese Bar serves up a steaming dish of mac and cheese with a tri-cheese blend of Spring Brook Reading, Comté and Irish cheddar. The mac and cheese fantastically crisp on top, dusted with breadcrumbs and oozing with gooey cheese in the middle. Available as individual portions or as on a large group portion, we recommend going with the $35 family size. And yes, you will be fighting over the leftovers.

264 Bleecker St., murrayscheesebar.com

The Habitat's Macaroni and Cheese with bacon

This Greenpoint bar doesn't scream mac and cheese
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This Greenpoint bar doesn't scream mac and cheese by its appearance -- you may be sooner enticed with craft beer floats topped with homemade ice cream -- but their skillet mac and cheese certainly puts The Habitat on the map for a must-try cheesy noodle dish. Made with a creamy blend white cheddar and Asiago and topped with buttery breadcrumbs, opt for the bacon crumbles add-on to complete this masterpiece of a macaroni. Visit on Mondays when mac and cheese is only $5!

988 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, thehabitatbrooklyn.com

Red Hook Lobster Pound's Lobster Mac and Cheese

These lobster experts also know their noodles! Made
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These lobster experts also know their noodles! Made with organic wide elbow noodles and a four-cheese blend, this rich cup of mac and cheese easily satisfies any pasta and seafood craving.

16 Extra Pl., redhooklobster.com

Ditch Plain's Ditch Dog

Inspired by a customer who ordered both hot
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Inspired by a customer who ordered both hot dogs and mac and cheese, chef Marc Murphy streamlined the process by creating a dish that combines both. The soft bun is a perfect cushion for the not too-salty hot dog and Velveeta-like smooth mac and cheese that goes down as easily as an after-school snack. Served on top of french fries, even mac and cheese purists can't resist this inspired creation. Ketchup optional.

29 Bedford St., ditch-plains.com

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