After attending a reading at a quaint bookshop in SoHo this evening, I thought to grab some grub before heading to Grand Central. It’s summertime, so the light is long and the days feel longer, but I knew it’d be dark by the time I got home.
Practically next door, I found macbar, which is no, not where one totes in Apple products that are acting up, but rather where anyone who adores that ultimate of comfort foods, a.k.a. the South’s most ordered “vegetable”, will feel right at home because even the space itself is shaped like macaroni-and-cheese!
There is not a lot of room inside–rent ain’t cheap anywhere in NYC, but especially not in this neighborhood. Thus, I was happy that I was placing a takeout order, though there was a free spot for me to perch while I waited.
I had dithered whether to start with the classic, made with American and cheddar cheese, or to try one of the more exotic options. I asked the counter gal for her recommendation and she encouraged me to order the mac ‘shroom, made with roasted “magic” mushrooms, fontina, mascarpone, and truffled essence.
The aroma was pretty amazing, but I steeled myself and waited until I was sitting on the train to open it up and take a bite. As you can see, even the to-go containers are in the shape of the classic noodle shape associated with mac-and-cheese. I dug in expecting to be transported to a magical wonderland. Sadly, this was not the case. I’m not sure if the kitchen had poured too much truffle “essence” on my macaroni or if it was just an off-brand, but it overpowered everything.
This was, of course, disappointing, but I have not sworn off macbar entirely. I’m willing to give them another chance and I may even sample the mushroom variety again, though I’ll likely next opt for the aforementioned classic, or maybe (drool!) the four cheese with queso blanco, fontina, emmenthal, and gouda. If you’re a meathead, there are many more options for you featuring beef, chicken, lobster, and even duck (mac quack!) And yes, there are some other “healthy” options like the primavera with a bunch of veggies, but to be honest I typically like my mac to be just the one unspoiled (Southern) “vegetable”.