The incoming sweater weather has us dreaming about warm, comfort foods. The comfort food options in Hoboken and Jersey City are pretty great as a whole, but there is one dish that we’ve narrowed in on: Mac + Cheese. Not only will these local spots satisfy cheesy cravings, but the various takes on this classic dish are the most creative options in the area. Read on to find out where to discover some staple mac + cheese dishes in the area.
Black Bear Bar & Grill | 205 Washington Street
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If the crew is heading out to happy hour this season, make sure to stop by Black Bear Bar & Grill downtown for a fun take on mac and cheese. The Blazing Buffalo Mac & Cheese is next-level. This is the appetizer to split with a group – or as a main dish (it’s so good, you’ll want it all to yourself).
Pizza Republic | 406 Washington Street
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With options that range from Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese to White Truffle Mac & Cheese, there’s plenty to choose from. But if nothing is quite right, diners can create their own combo. . This downtown Hoboken spot always serves up tasty and cheesy mac and cheese dishes. Whether the mood calls for classic mac or a twist on the traditional mac and cheese, Pizza Republic is definitely the spot.
The Ainsworth | 310 Sinatra Drive
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A must-try in the Mile Square is The Ainsworth’s Mac & Cheese Burger. It has three layers of cheesy goodness: it comes with panko-crusted mac and cheese, a hamburger, and MORE mac and cheese on the top. Talk about a mac and cheese lover’s paradise. The fries on the side are also delish at this waterfront spot. An ideal dish for any cheesy craving.
Tony Boloney’s | 263 1st Street
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Ay Dios Mio! Not only a feeling but also the name of the creamy chipotle mac-n-cheese, Mexican string cheese, cilantro pizza at this local Hoboken + Jersey City gem. A real slice of heavenly and cheesy goodness. Patrons won’t have to decide between pizza or mac and cheese with this one.
Left Bank Burger Bar | 194 Newark Ave
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Mac and cheese – but make it fried. The Fried Mac and Cheese Pops at Left Bank Burger Bar are the ultimate comfort food and make for a great appetizer or shared plate at this Jersey City spot. Served with buttermilk ranch, once you try these you’ll want to order them every time you visit.
Pinwheel Garden | 318 Communipaw Avenue
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This neighborhood favorite describes itself as serving ‘remixed’ Asian and American classics. The menu is filled with a riff on the classics, and the Mac and Cheese Dumplings are no different. The hand-folded dumplings are filled with a three-cheese blend and cavatappi pasta and served with a caramelized chive and cheese dipping sauce. Dumplings are on the appetizer menu, but go ahead and make it an entree – they’re that good.
Mathew’s Food & Drink | 351 Grove Street
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Can’t say we’ve ever seen black garlic mac & cheese before – but now it’s impossible to imagine a life without it. This starter at Mathew’s Food & Drink is one that is special to the area. While sipping on one of Mathew’s signature cocktails, this is the perfect snack to order.
Wurstbar | 516 Jersey Avenue
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Hot dogs and sausages are a staple menu item at this Chilltown spot. The Bacon Mac hot dog is one that is particularly inventive. With it comes a standard beef frank, the Haus Mac N’ Cheese, and bacon. This take on mac and cheese is not to be missed – recommended pairing it with an ice-cold beer or cider from Wurstbar.