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Grilled cheese NYC: Get cheesy with Murray's, Queens Kickshaw & more

White bread and American cheese don't always cut it (though we all know that those two things, cooked at home in a pan with butter, is a wonderful thing).

But sometimes, even delicious classics can benefit from an interesting twist. Here are some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in New York City.

The Spotted Pig's Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It's almost impossible to get a table at
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It's almost impossible to get a table at the Spotted Pig, so you might be thinking: "Why would I order a grilled cheese at a place like that?" But think again. April Bloomfield is a master at upscale comfort food, and her grilled cheese comes with onion marmalade and mustard. It's buttery, toasty and made on filone bread from the amazing Sullivan Street Bakery. Oh and the cheeses? Fontina, Taleggio and goat cheese. Now THAT'S an interesting mix. (314 W. 11th St., 212-620-0393, thespottedpig.com)

Recette's Burrata Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Recette serves a Burrata Grilled Cheese Sandwich with
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Recette serves a Burrata Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Romesco cheese and basil leaves. Brunch only. ($13; 328 W. 12th St.; recettenyc.com)

Queens Kickshaw's Gouda Grilled Cheese

Queens Kickshaw is known for its grilled cheese
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Queens Kickshaw is known for its grilled cheese sandwiches. There are four to choose from, all made with luxurious cheeses and delicious fixings. We especially like the Southwest meets crunchy hippie gouda grilled cheese, with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos. (40-17 Broadway, Astoria, 718-777-0913; thequeenskickshaw.com)

Beecher's Fig & Cheese

Beecher's Handmade Cheese, located in the Flatiron District,
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Beecher's Handmade Cheese, located in the Flatiron District, produces some of the best cheeses in New York City. Beecher's ages its cheeses on site, too, so its no wonder that their prepared food is just as delicious. We recommend the fig and cheese grilled sandwich -- so sweet, with a little funk. (900 Broadway, 212-466-3340, beechershandmadecheese.com)

Thistle Hill Tavern's Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Thistle Hill Tavern serves a rich San Marzano
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Thistle Hill Tavern serves a rich San Marzano tomato basil soup alongside its version of a cheddar grilled cheese. ($13; 441 Seventh Ave., Park Slope; thistlehillbrooklyn.com)

LAVO's Back to School Grilled Cheese

Italian restaurant and nightclub LAVO is known for
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Italian restaurant and nightclub LAVO is known for good times, and the food there is rich and decadent. The same goes for its grilled cheese, which is truffled and made with applewood-smoked bacon. Tomato soup is served on the side. (39 E. 58th St., 212-750-5588, lavony.com)

Murray's Melt

Everyone knows that Murray's knows cheese, and at
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Everyone knows that Murray's knows cheese, and at the Murray's Melts sandwich counter you can grab some quality grilled cheese sandwiches. Our favorite is the basic melt, made with a "secret blend of cheeses" and butter. Oh yes. (254 Bleecker St., 212-243-3289, murrayscheese.com)

Melt Shop's Fried Chicken Grilled Cheese

Melt Shop serves house-made buttermilk fried chicken, pepper
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Melt Shop serves house-made buttermilk fried chicken, pepper jack, red cabbage slaw and melt sauce on sourdough. ($8.96; three locations; meltshop.com)

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