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Macaroni and cheese finds new life tucked in bread in NYC

Low-carb diets are truly a thing of the past with new mac and cheese creations bringing on the bread.

We've had cheeseburger mac and mac and cheese with mini hot dogs long before New York City restaurants served up the popular dishes.

Now, we're seeing mac and cheese take a backseat, as a condiment, but still imparting a perfect cheesiness on some of our favorite foods.

From mac and cheese cheeseburgers to mac and cheese grilled cheeses, we're in a New York cheesy state of mind.

Macwich at New York Macaroni Company

New York Macaroni Company, which recently opened in
Photo Credit: New York Macaroni Co.

New York Macaroni Company, which recently opened in the East Village (and is the former home of single-food purveyor Puddin'), slings out a variety of macaroni and cheese grilled cheese sandwiches, commonly known as the Macwich. Two slices of Texas Toast are packed with the Build-Your-Own-Mac of your choosing. Choose from cheddars like black truffle or sambal chili pepper, mix in veggies (roasted bella mushrooms, sautéed broccoli) and meats (spicy Italian sausage, pot-boiled crawfish) and have your sandwich griddled to order. Indulgence tastes even better past midnight.

Find it: 102 St. Mark's Place, 212-995-1400, nymacaronicompany.com

Ditch Dog at Ditch Plains

Chef (and Food Network personality) Marc Murphy isn't
Photo Credit: Ditch Plains

Chef (and Food Network personality) Marc Murphy isn't messing around with his mash-up creation. The Ditch Dog, a grilled hot dog and toasty bun topped with creamy mac and cheese, is said to be a guest-inspired creation turned mainstay menu item. Rich mac and cheese made with heavy cream and a mix of American, gruyere and parmesan cheese sinks onto the hot tube meat and meshes all too well with the fluffy bun. Go all out with bacon and/or lobster in your mac and be sure to bite into the most gourmet frank creation in all of Manhattan.

Find it: 29 Bedford St., 212-633-0202, ditch-plains.com

Mac and Cheese Burger at The Ainsworth

You'll never look at cheeseburgers the same way.
Photo Credit: The Ainsworth

You'll never look at cheeseburgers the same way. Murray Hill (and Chelsea! and Gramercy!) mainstay The Ainsworth takes gluttony to a whole new level with a burger layered with a deep-fried panko-crusted mac and cheese patty, a beef burger patty and a hefty scoop of mac and cheese (béchamel, sharp cheddar, sharp provolone, parmesan) piled high between the sesame brioche buns. Ketchup optional.

Find it: $16, 45 E. 33rd St., 122 W. 26th St. and 111 E. 18th St., theainsworth.com

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