Do you have a favorite food? Of course, you do! How about one dish from your childhood that made you and happy and that your mom always had on hand because you would annoy the crap out of her to have it probably on a daily basis? If you polled a crowd of Americans, they would likely answer one of the most popular American comfort foods mac and cheese!
It is no surprise because it comes in just add water mixes and it has been advertised geared towards children for the past thirty years as shown in this corny GIF from an old commercial. We were really inhaling that orange dust. That is why I chose to go back to one of my favorite comfort food restaurants, S’Mac, short for Sarita’s Mac and Cheese, with my niece for a little nostalgia.
Do You Like Mac and Cheese?
My niece was visiting and wanted to see as much authentic New York as possible, so I wanted to show her many places that I regularly go to or that make me happy because we live far apart. So that means we had to go to S’Mac!! S’Mac has been open since 2006 and is near my alma mater on the lower East side of Manhattan. That made it full of college students on a budget who love mac and cheese during the day, a cheap date night spot at night and full of families with children who won’t eat anything else. In other words, super casual which means you can stop by at any time without a problem.
What Did We Order At S’Mac?
The menu is basically all macaroni and cheese but with a list of mix-ins to flavor the base or their recipes for different types of cuisines. I’ve tried:
- The Mediterranean is made with goat cheese, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic.
- The Cheeseburger made with Cheddar and American cheese with ground beef
- The All-American is Cheddar and American cheeses together
- The Masala is a melange cheeses mix with Indian spices
- Buffalo Chicken takes boneless chicken, buffalo chicken sauce and the mix of Cheddar and American cheeses
- Napoletana, my favorite, has fresh mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic and fresh basil.
- Parisienne with Brie cheese, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms and rosemary.
The others that I haven’t gotten around to are the Alpine (Gruyère and bacon), Garden Lite (Lite Cheddar, Parmesan, roasted cauliflower and Portobello mushrooms, roasted garlic, broccoli and scallions), La Mancha (manchego, fennel, and onions ), and Cajun (Cheddar & Pepper Jack cheeses, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and, of course, some genuine Cajun seasoning). The choices also include lowered lactose, vegan, multigrain, and gluten-free.
This time I ordered the vegan option and added some mix-ins (spinach, shiitake mushrooms, and garlic) with an old-fashioned cream soda and my niece ordered the All-American.
The cast iron pans that they come served in are available in four different sizes, Nosh which is the smallest, Major Munch which is the size we both got, Mongo that can serve at least two and Partay that is good for a buffet. We were stuffed and fueled up to walk around Manhattan to visit everywhere that she wanted to go before my feet gave out.
Comforted At S’Mac
If you want to revel in all the mac and cheese glory that is S’Mac, it is at 197 First Avenue at the 12th street in Manhattan. Do you have a similar restaurant in your town? Do you like mac and cheese? What is your favorite way to eat it? Which recipe would you order if you visited? Tell me all about it in the comments!! Can’t wait to read!
Until our next rendezvous…