Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Address: 131 Rivington St.

Hit this Lower East Side eatery on Friday night, and you might get excited just walking in. Your heart will race. And it’s not because of the cool, beautiful customers occupying the bar, it’s in anticipation of the killer mac and cheese. A creamy blend of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese coats the sizeable mountain of elbow noodles. The iron skillet is overflowing with crispy cheese that you’ll be scraping off the sides without shame. There's also pig in the mix, tender bits of bacon that make every bite that much better. Did we mention this is all happening at 1 a.m.? Excitement.