Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Mullanes

Who knew that macaroni and cheese could be the topic for such a great debate? One that we would settle once and for all at Mullanes. For a group of people from a variety of backgrounds and palettes, there was a variety of preferences. At our first monthly #MacAndCheeseBeforeLove NYC Meetup, we gathered at Mullane’s in Fort Greene, Brooklyn to bond over their love of mac and cheese.

Mullanes
Photo by Alissa Nichole

From the beginning, we discovered who the purists were, those who preferred a classic and simple macaroni and cheese and have yet to venture out to any variations, and identified the more adventurous ones, who liked a variety of additions to their mac and cheese, from protein like chicken, shrimp and lobster to vegetables like tomatoes, spinach and jalapeno peppers. From the discussion, we realized just how many ways mac and cheese can be prepared and and which were among the group favorites, from cheese options to crunch and stovetop versus baked.

Calamari and Wings Mullanes
Photo by Alissa Nichole

After identifying that some of our favorites came from places including Max Brenner, Brooklyn Bazaar and Pret a Manger, we worked up enough of an appetite to order mac and cheese and beyond. To offer a variety that would satisfy everyone’s cravings, we went for a plain mac and cheese, one with chicken, one with shrimp and one with buffalo chicken and jalapenos for those who dared to try, and a few extra goodies: sesame ginger wings and calamari.

Sangria Mullanes
Photo by Alissa Nichole

It was a pleasant surprise that the purists braved to try the other options at Mullanes and enjoyed them. Although everyone didn’t love the buffalo chicken option, it was a hit amongst a select few. The wings were so nice we had to order them twice, and the calamari was a crowd pleaser as well. Sangria was a popular choice that didn’t disappoint, even for the woman who considers herself a sangria snob, so that’s saying a lot.

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Mullanes
Photo by Alissa Nichole

From travel to NYC neighborhoods, the conversation was rich and the connections were genuine. This casual gathering at Mullanes was a success, and we are looking forward to our next outing. We’d love you to join us. Come on over to our meetup to know when we we’ll be doing mac and cheese again and some of our other outings, like #cocktailsbeforelove, #burgersbeforelove and whatever else our hearts and bellies desire.

So we’d love to know!

  • How do you like your mac and cheese?
  • Where are your favorite places to indulge in delicious mac?

*Thank you Alissa Nichole for snapping such great shots.

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World Famous House of mac truck

To celebrate National Macaroni and Cheese Day, the Mac N Cheese Before Love crew headed over to Wynwood Yard, for the World Famous House of Mac Truck. Wynwood Yard is home to quite a few food trucks, which line the perimeter of the yard, with an open-air bar in the middle. There are picnic tables and smaller tables scattered about the yard for you to sit and enjoy your food while taking in the fresh air and cool vibes – the perfect atmosphere to enjoy macaroni and cheese. With that goal in mind, we entered Wynwood Yard and headed to the back, to find the World Famous House of Mac. There was no way we could miss it because it is a bright yellow truck that really stands out among all the trucks present.

HouseOfMacTruck
Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

The menu included some combinations of macaroni and cheese that I never would have imagined. We ordered the Pizza Mac and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese, Chicken Parmesan Mac and Cheese, and Seafood Mac and Cheese. The portions were huge – way too much to finish in one sitting for most, but there were some troopers in our crew that ate every cheesy bite! Each meal consisted of a bed of baked macaroni and cheese covered with your choice of topping (i.e. the pizza mac and cheese had marinara, mozzarella, and pepperoni on top of a bed of baked mac and cheese), with a cheesy crust baked on top of that! So much cheesy goodness. As a cheese lover, I was in heaven. I had the Buffalo Mac and Cheese, and the flavor was so authentic. It was just like eating buffalo chicken wings with ranch dressing and mac and cheese…simply delicious.

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Pizza Mac and Cheese with a refreshing Ginger Beer Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

The service at the World Famous House of Mac was friendly. Every dish was made to order, so it took longer than I would have liked to get my food. I am sure that my hunger may have intensified the seemingly long wait, but it was well worth the wait. My favorite presentation was of the Seafood Mac and Cheese – with two lobster tails and shrimp resting comfortably on top of a bed of baked mac and cheese.

SeafoodMac
Photographed by Simone Bradshaw

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The World Famous House of Mac has lived up to its reputation and did not disappoint. I will be back very soon…maybe I will see you there!

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Soco Macaroni and Cheese
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National Macaroni and Cheese day is something we try to celebrate often, but it’s official now because you’ve decided to join us.

If you’re like me, you love the creamy, cheesy, deliciousness that is Macaroni and Cheese. A perfect day for you is settling down to a bowl of this comfort meal. Looking to celebrate in New York City the right way? Check out this list of restaurants in that will support your Macaroni and Cheese addiction and help you celebrate National Macaroni and Cheese day correctly

Mangoseed

Mangoseed is a modern Caribbean restaurant located in the heart of Flatbush with new and old island favorites.  One of which is their 4 cheese Macaroni & Cheese dish. It is wonderful on its own but it also pairs deliciously with oxtail gravy. Show up before 7pm to try out their tropical cocktails during happy hour on National Macaroni and Cheese day.

757 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Soco

Soco is another Brooklyn favorite located in Clinton Hills, very well known for their red velvet waffles and their fabulously massive Aunt Cruz macaroni and cheese. Their mac can be perfectly washed down with Soco’s New Orleans inspired cocktail the Mardi Gras. Show up before 7pm for discounted Macaroni and cheese plus, half priced drinks.

509 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Soco Macaroni and Cheese

Bobwhite Counter

Bobwhite Counter is a small, quaint, southern comfort spot located in the East Village. Not only do they give you life with their fried chicken, but their mac & cheese tastes like someone’s Southern grandma put their foot in it. Their macaroni & cheese is only $6 but gives you all the cheesy greatness you are looking for.

94 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Miss Lily’s 7A

Miss Lily’s brings authentic Caribbean fare to the east village. With traditional reggae & soca blasting from their speakers, you can have your favorite curried edible with a side of their flavorful mac. Baked like a pie, it brings me back to the islands (Trinidad & Tobago to be exact) where my grandmother whipped up a similar treat.

109 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Harlem Public 

Harlem Public is a cozy neighborhood bar that serves up pub inspired cuisine, including awesome macaroni & cheese (or Mac & Steez, as they call it). If you want to be extra fancy, they throw can throw in bacon, pulled pork, or chicken.

3612 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Harlem Public Macaroni and Cheese
Photo Courtesy of Rafael H. (yelp)

Mac Shack

Mac Shack is a well known Brooklyn eatery that churns out every style macaroni & cheese you can think of. Feeling like you want to sample them all? They offer daily specials to try out mini portions of any Mac you’re in the mood for.

901 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Enjoy National Macaroni and Cheese Day!

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