One the cheesiest spots in Manhattan will be celebrating its first birthday this week.
Murray’s Mac & Cheese, the more expedient next door neighbor of the long-standing Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleeker Street, will be throwing an all day long birthday bash with prizes and giveaways on Friday — introducing a new flavor to its menu in the process.
Called the “birthday mac & cheese,” it features a trio of cheeses aged for a full year: jarlsberg, tarentaise and Cabot clothbound cheddar. The ooey-gooey treat will be available through the end of March.
“The concept in general has been a big change for us,” Chef David Elkins said, reflecting on the past year of the retail pop-up style location.
“Getting it off the ground was a big moment for us,” the chef added, mentioning that dishes like the mac and cheese burrata have helped catch the attention of Instagram users everywhere.
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This April, Elkins will introduce two new items in his build-it-yourself “snack to mac” menu: a peas and prosciutto mac and cheese as well as a spinach and artichoke version.
The peas and prosciutto is Elkins’ take on a primavera style dish. He mentioned it will be made with English peas and gouda. The spinach and artichoke mac will feature Murray’s bianco sardo cheese.
Murray’s will also be bringing back its ‘fan favorite’ carbonara mac and cheese during the spring as well, the chef told amNewYork Metro.
Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Elkin’s interest has always been to incorporate a “drier, baked mac” like the dish he was raised on into the Murray’s menu. The drier mac was saturated with tons of melted and oozing cheese below “nice crusted, caramelized, cheesy bits” on the top.
A few of Elkins’ works are also on deck to debut at Citi Field for the 2020 Mets season. Murray’s will offer an exclusive “Mets Melt” of pimento cheese, grilled chicken, avocado and bacon in addition to another grilled cheese and two new macs for the New York Mets 2020 season.
Win or lose, that dish will surely delight cheese-loving fans all season long.
Murray’s Mac & Cheese, 250 Bleecker Street., West Village, 212-243.3289 x 350. Open Monday-Sunday from 12-9 p.m.