To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month this April, Time Out New York and Openhouse held another edition of our high-stakes, grilled cheese competition, The Big Cheesy. (The contest where everyone goes home a winner.) This time around, the Midtown Parisian bistro, Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro, took home the title after a two-day, weekend tasting showdown.
Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro’s winning creation was a special five-cheese blend on toasted country bread. It beat out a number of innovative creations including Twist ‘N Smash’D’s fried chicken grilled cheese, La Maison Du Croque Monsieur’s truffle oil-flavored version and Depanneur’s spicy, sriracha grilled cheese on buttered sourdough.
Participants who stopped by the event at Openhouse—and helped decide the winner—also got to sample Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen’s jalapeno and bacon sandwich as well as The Wheelhouse’s braised short rib with arugula, caramelized onions and blackberry jam on ciabatta. (And cheese, obviously.)
Congrats to Artisanal Fromagerie Bistro, and chef John Creger and new proprietor Sarid Drory on the win! May you carry the Big Cheesy title with the respect it deserves.