8. The Brooklyn Star
Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Address: 593 Lorimer St.
Some mac succeeds because of the cheese blends or perfect crust. And sure, Brooklyn Star's breadcrumb crust is crisp. It provides a nice texture. And the cheese is, well, cheesy and rich. Tastes good. But you know what makes Brooklyn Star's mac a legend? Bacon, of course. Scientists will tell you that bacon makes everything better (and everyone fatter, but whatever—science is gonna figure out that surrogate thing soon). The Brooklyn Star is the demonstration of that formula. Thing + bacon = better thing.