Neighborhood: Murray Hill
Address: 2 Park Ave.
Plenty of run-of-the-mill wine bars serve lackluster cheese plates, and each one is put to shame by Artisanal, a shrine to all things fromage. When you have 200 cheeses on the menu, how can you not win at mac and cheese? Chef Terrance Brennan's macaroni gratin takes penne, an offbeat choice of noodle, and floods each hollow tube with a velvety béchamel of Gruyère and Parmesan. Aside from the choice of pasta, this is the Plantonic ideal for a standard mac.