You guessed it: Cheese is the main attraction at this sit-down extension of the nearly 80-year-old Bleecker Street fromagerie. The namesake Murray’s Melt sandwiches a secret blend of three curds—some fresh from Murray’s cheese caves in Long Island City—on a pan-baked pullman loaf.
There are few two-ingredient dishes as simple and satisfying as a grilled cheese. NYC chefs have developed a few tweaks here and there—melting aged curds and toasting oven-fresh buns from some of the city’s best bakeries —to help rank this classic childhood favorite among Gotham’s leading comfort food dishes. From a fried fowl counter dishing out pimento sammies with collard greens to a plancha-seared two-cheese kicker from one of the best Queens restaurants, these are the essential fromage-on-bread combos in New York City.
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