A Cheesy Rendezvous At S’Mac

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.S'Mac in NYC

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.

S'Mac in NYC
Vegan Mac and Cheese with bread crumbs

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.

S'Mac in NYC
All American Mac and cheese

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!S'Mac in NYC

Until our next rendezvous…






  41 comments for “A Cheesy Rendezvous At S’Mac

  1. December 20, 2017 at 7:24 AM

    *books flight to NYC immediately*

    • December 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM

      Haha! They also ship across the country!

    • January 9, 2018 at 9:16 AM


  2. Jim
    December 20, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    OMG! a heart attack in a cast iron skillet. I need one of those. yum!!!

    good morning miss trudy! 🙂

    • December 20, 2017 at 10:37 AM

      No heart attacks! Get the Garden Lite recipe with lite cheese and veggies. Good morning mister Jim! ?

      • Jim
        December 20, 2017 at 1:38 PM

        it all sounds awesome and you would be great company for lunch. 🙂

        • December 20, 2017 at 4:43 PM

          Great compliment, thank you. Is it because I know where all the heart attack food is at?

          • Jim
            December 20, 2017 at 5:34 PM

            LOL. yes and no. I think it would interesting to have lunch with you.

        • December 21, 2017 at 12:32 AM

          I’m blushing!!Thank you! So mac and cheese would be good then?

          • Jim
            December 21, 2017 at 8:14 AM

            pass up good mac & cheese? never! 😉

  3. December 20, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Will have to try this place. Next time you are in Astoria, I highly recommend the mac and cheese at Strand Smokehouse on Broadway. Its not fancy, but it ranks up there with some of the best I have ever had.

    • December 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM

      Thanks for the suggestion. This place is the same, kind of like a backyard barbecue vibe, very laid back. They serve beer and dessert. I’m usually too full for dessert and it’s inexpensive.

      • December 20, 2017 at 4:50 PM

        Yes seems like it. The Strand is huge, with lots of space for big groups, beer and well drinks and bbq with a few options for vegetarians…like the insane mac and cheese and cornbread! Damn I’m hungry now!

        • December 21, 2017 at 12:31 AM


  4. December 20, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    That’s amazing, the number of versions they serve. Some are very sophisticated!

    • December 21, 2017 at 12:26 AM

      I love the originality of the choices. You wouldn’t get bored because there are so many flavors that you are able to mix together.

  5. December 21, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Not a huge Mac and Cheese fan, but I must admit the Vegan Mac and Cheese with bread crumbs does look awesome and I may give it a go

    • December 21, 2017 at 10:06 PM

      I’m not either. It wasn’t a big thing for me. But I do enjoy how you can make it gourmet there with the mix-ins.

      • December 21, 2017 at 10:41 PM

        Always good to see how others do it and get ideas to use in future.

  6. December 23, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Omg that looks amazing! ? waiting for cheese pizza now

  7. December 23, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    I have always wanted to go here! Looks so good!!

  8. December 23, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    Must take my daughter to this place :), of course you are going to accompany us….that’s not up for debate!

    • December 23, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Your daughter is a big mac and cheese fan?

      • December 23, 2017 at 9:57 PM

        It’s a food group in these parts for her :). She would be absolutely mindblown at that place.

        • December 24, 2017 at 11:18 AM

          So then we must go!

  9. January 9, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    I kept getting more and more into it as I read the ingredients of each order, one after the other. Time to visit NYC.

    • January 9, 2018 at 9:32 AM

      Haha, I’m glad that you enjoyed the descriptions!

  10. January 9, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    This would be a dream for my husband. A wonderful dream.

    • January 9, 2018 at 9:14 PM

      Is he a big mac and cheese fan?

  11. Chris
    January 9, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Love the idea! Lots of different options to try, I think I would have been in mac n cheese heaven as a kid 🙂 (maybe even now too)

  12. January 9, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    I’ll try the buffalo chicken first (of course) and the Napoletana and Parisienne next. They all just sound so good. 🙂

    • January 9, 2018 at 5:48 PM

      Napoletana is the best!

  13. January 9, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Will have to mention this place to my daughter as she’s visiting New York in the Spring. At home I make macaroni cheese with bacon 😊

    • January 9, 2018 at 5:49 PM

      Yes, please have her go! Then maybe you’ll get some?

  14. January 10, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    My kind of place! Comfort food on steroids.

    • January 10, 2018 at 5:16 PM

      Yes, comfort foods are much jam. I love places like this, laid back and satisfying.

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