You know when sometimes you simply crave macaroni & cheese? I get those a lot. Last week, we had a quick dinner at MacBar, which is an offshoot of Delicatessen down on Spring Street and Lafayette. MacBar is kind of a hole in the wall with really yellow, bulbous furnishings: just like macaroni & cheese! How d'you like that.
The menu looks and sounds really cool and yummy and intriguing. "Mac quack"? Macaroni & cheese with duck confit. "Mac lobsta'"? Macaroni & cheese with lobster and cognac. I know what I'm getting next time...
This time, we had "Mac 'shroom" and "Cheeseburger Mac". The medium-sized "Cheeseburger Mac" came in a tupperware-looking container shaped like an elbow macaroni (super-cute; I'm stealing one next time) and my small-sized "Mac 'shroom" came in an unadorned metal take-out container.
The "Mac 'shroom" was topped with curlicues of shredded raw scallion. It was an interesting garnish, but I didn't really relate scallion to mushroom (and very pungent; definitely not date-food...or, first-date-food). The mac itself was very good and definitely tasted like mushrooms: very earthy and wild-mushroomy. For me, the only downside was that it wasn't exactly...cheesy. I know people have different tastes when it comes to macaroni & cheese, but I do like mine to be gooey and cheesy throughout. My "Mac 'shroom" was topped with a thick bubbly cheese top, but the rest of the oodles of noodles were ever-so-lightly touched by cheese sauce. The overall effect was that my mac got kind of dry as I kept eating it.
The "Cheeseburger Mac" tasted a lot like a cheeseburger: cheesy and beefy. This one was more cheesy throughout, but I found it somewhat unremarkable and the cheeseburger flavor didn't really stand out that much.
Overall, I still really love the idea of MacBar. Their menu is very impressive, and I'd really be up for trying other things there. With fall upon us, I can definitely see a season of mac & cheese coming up.
54 Prince Street
54 Prince Street