the clocktower, flatiron

IMG_9712Sorry for the delay, everybody! I popped out a baby in February.

Now, back to the subject at hand.

The Clocktower is a beautiful restaurant just off Madison Square Park, inside the New York Edition hotel. It is certainly one of the fancier establishments in this city to carry a macaroni and cheese, so I was understandably intrigued to give it a spin.

As you can see from the above photo, this is not a traditional M&C. The sauce is just barely slicked on and the pasta is complemented by wild mushrooms and slow-cooked ox cheek. Delicate shavings of Parmesan complete the pretty plating.

Was it tasty? Yes. Would I classify this as a true mac and cheese? The jury is still out on that; it’s certainly creamy, but not really cheesy. The sauce tastes more like a bechamel than a mac sauce.

But, the next time you’re looking for a hearty, rich pasta dish, you could do worse than this lovely preparation.

The Clocktower, The New York EDITION, 5 Madison Ave., 212-413-4300

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