bubby’s, tribeca & highline

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Do you like comfort food? Do you live in New York? Then you’re probably familiar with Bubby’s , which serves up pie, milkshakes and other fantastic rib-sticking fare. The mac and cheese here is a bit of an off-menu order, though. While the bacon mac is listed as a side, a regular, plain mac has to be ordered off of the kid’s menu. Again, thank god for my toddler.

But unlike some other kid versions, which are dumbed down to appeal to tiny palates, Bubby’s does not hold back. This bubbling monster is topped with a heavy cheese crown, plus a creamy, nutmeg-heavy bechamel underneath. I also love the use of shells here, since it’s such a great shape for holding in sauce (and this is a Sauce with a capital S). This is a mac that definitely improves with a hearty stir, however. The majority of the cheese is on top, so it’s best to incorporate it throughout the entire dish before chowing down. The added bonus? It cools the whole dish down faster too! There’s nothing sadder than burning your tongue on your first bite of mac, amirite?

Don’t be afraid to ask for the kiddie menu; this is worth it.

Bubby’s, 120 Hudson St., 212-219-0666 or 73 Gansevoort St., 212-206-6200