If you live in New York, the Meatpacking district may not be your first top on a gastronomic tour. There’s a lot of untz-untz happening, even at lunchtime. And generally untz-untz and great food do not mix. Great champagne, though, that’s a different story.
One of my favorite macaroni and cheeses not just in New York, but in America is at Catch NYC, located right in the thick of boozy brunches and long lines at the Apple store. Chef Hung Huynh (you may remember him from his turn on Top Chef) adds a few ingredients that elevate his mac well beyond the norm: mascarpone and lobster. In fact, on the menu this dish is actually listed as macaroni and lobster cream. You can’t not order it with a name like that.
As you can see in the photo, this is a creamy, not necessarily a cheesy, mac. The chives and crunchy breadcrumbs are a wonderful complement to the chewy elbow pasta, which soaks up all of the rich and creamy lobster sauce. Mascarpone is an underrated cheese in the world of mac and cheese and I don’t think I’ve ever seen it utilized better than in this iteration. Plus, because of how well it melts in sauces, this may be a rich dish, but it won’t leave you feeling overly stuffed.
We’re headed into some chilly temperatures, from what I hear, but if you have the chance to try this mac while sitting out on lovely Catch patio (don’t worry, it’s elevated), do not pass it up.
Catch NYC, 21 9th Ave., 212.392.5978