Arguably even more American than apple pie and hot dogs, grilled cheese is another poor man's dish that's become exalted and bejeweled in recent years, with restaurants offering their own signatures takes and even grilled cheese-only joints!
From acclaimed chef Terrance Brennan, Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro and Wine Bar showcases his formidable creativity and passion. Brennan adds playful twists to classic French bistro dishes such as Osso Bucco featuring monkfish instead of meat. Traditionally prepared with beef, Br...2 Park Ave (East 32nd St.)
The proprietor of The Spotted Pig classes up the Ace Hotel with the Breslin, a gastropub that was one of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2009. The menu is unabashedly British, and the decor—Sam Sifton of the Times calls it "Hogwarts for hipsters," a good pla...16 West 29th Street
Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group bring their ever-present footprint to the Whitney with Untitled, a cafe that takes its cues from the sort of coffeeshops that supported the workers of Madison Avenue through the boom-times of advertising.945 Madison Ave
Star chef Tom Colicchio's sandwich-crafting restaurant that could possibly give Pret and your local deli a run for their money.1407 Broadway (Broadway)
"Super fancy grilled cheese" in Brookfield Place225 Liberty Street
Contemporary cuisine from the folks behind Fat Radish, Leadbelly, and Brinkley's, serving the Upper East Side.133 East 65th Street
Gourmet sandwiches in an austere but charming environment.959 2nd Ave