5 Manhattan Melted Cheese Dishes You’ll Want To Try
With cold temperatures lingering, it’s the perfect time to indulge in one of the culinary world’s greatest delights — melted cheese in all of its delicious forms. Whether you’re eating Mexican, French, Swiss or American cuisine, liquefied cheese unites us all. We’re counting down some of NYC’s best new spots to enjoy the best melted cheese. Oh, and it’s totally to indulge in these dishes on a warm day too — we crave cheese every day.
Javelina is the place for Tex-Mex cuisine in NYC and they recently opened a new Upper East Side location. When you go, you must get their queso, which comes in four varieties of gooey cheese deliciousness. Try their Bob Armstrong, made with traditional or white queso topped with guacamole, ground beef, pico de gallo and sour cream. The Mag Mud is also delightful: white queso, black beans, pico de gallo and guacamole. The portions are sizable and perfect for sharing with a dairy-enthusiast friend.
Javelina, 1395 2nd Avenue, NY 10021
How does a pétatou de chèvre au canard fumé et pomme de terre croustillantes sound? For the non-French speakers, that’s baked aged goat cheese served with smoked duck potato tart. A melted cheese delight, only made better by the full-bodied flavor of duck fat-crisped potatoes. Find it at newly reopened La Goulue on East 61st Street, where you can settle into one of their cozy booths and fill your belly with fromage.
La Goulue, 29 East 61st Street, NY 10065
The Loyal is a new West Village spot that’s equally good for brunch, lunch and dinner. Our cheese-loving hearts were especially smitten with their grilled cheese made with manchego, and interestingly, veal tongue. A succulent sandwich, it’s tangy and hearty, and beckons you to open your top pants button after consumption. Pair it with their plentiful Bloody Sunday Set (a cocktail platter that comes with a choice of vodka or tequila, house mix, Tecate and a buffet of garnishes) and your day is made.
The Loyal, 289 Bleecker Street, NY 10014
A croque monsieur can save your life after a big night out. Enjoy this brunch favorite at the new Nomad outpost of all-day French café Maman. Their version is made with Parisian ham, comte cheese and homemade béchamel sauce to revive your body and soul when you’ve had a little too much weekend. Add a fried egg on top for extra protein power and finish your meal with a white chocolate blueberry lavender loaf cake for the perfect French brunch.
Maman Nomad, 22 West 25th Street, NY 10013
You know what elevates a crab dip? Melted smoked cheddar cheese. You can find tasty hot crab dip at West Village cocktail and wine bar Due West where it’s served with crispy slices of bread. At first, you’ll say ‘Wow that’s a lot of cheese,’ but a few minutes later you and your friend will be fighting over who can have the last bites of this dream dish. Pair it with one of their Dead Reckoning cocktails (made with Chairmans Reserve Rum, Creole shrub, orgeat, grilled pineapple and lime) and you have one great happy hour drink and snack.
Due West, 189 West 10th Street, NY 10014