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When we were sick we never got a nice cup of
chicken soup. We got Campbell’s cream of tomato
soup and a grilled cheese sandwich; the only things mom
knew how to make, other than reservations. So forgive me if
I’m a little biased towards a restaurant that offers dozens of
variations on my one childhood comfort food.
This ain’t my mama’s grilled cheese we’re talking about
either. New York Grilled Cheese dishes up gourmet variations
on the classic and they all come with delicious tomato bisque
that is as far removed from Campbell’s as you can get and still
call yourself soup.
All sandwiches are cooked on a giant waffle iron. Not
only does this serve to keep the bread from getting soggy, it
provides lots of nooks and crannies into which the cheese
can melt and caramelize. The best part is that every sandwich
is a combo, served with a tangy tomato bisque redolent of
herbs and citrus. The 4 oz. cup is just the right amount if you
like to dip your sandwich, and a great chaser for those of us
who prefer to enjoy them separately.
Sandwiches have a New York theme and most have a base
of American and cheddar cheeses; the “Broadway Classic”
adds Swiss to the mélange served on toasted sourdough
bread brushed with melted garlic butter.
The “Wall Street Grindr” stuffs cheese, waffle fries, bacon,
crispy onions, garlic butter and a fried egg between toasted
The “Manhattan” features toasted country bread
enveloping gooey cheese and house-made mac and cheese.
The “Brooklyn Porkster” takes the classic cheese combo
and adds pulled pork with bbq sauce, crispy onions, &
crunchy dill pickles on toasted sourdough bread.
The “Soho” deviates from the usual cheese combo,
combining sweet brie, crispy onions, crunchy bacon and
berry marmalade on toasted oatmeal wheat bread.
For those who like a bit of heat, “Harlem Jalapeno” adds
crispy jalapeno poppers, crispy onions, and sweet chili
aioli to the classic cheeses on toasted country loaf. The one
sandwich that extends beyond New York City’s borders is, of
course, a salute to Buffalo’s famous wings. The Blue Buffalo
combines blue, jack, American and cheddar with buffalo
chicken on toasted country loaf.
Man (and woman) do not live on sandwiches alone,
so some sides are in order. Waffle fries are the mainstay,
either regular or sweet potato,
and they come with an array
of dipping sauces; sweet chili
aioli, house-made Buffalo,
sweet mustard aioli, bbq and
good with the sweet potato
Other sides include a “Hot
Pork Sundae” - fries topped
with shredded pork, gravy and
grated cheeses and, of course,
“Disco Fries” (aka poutine);
fries, cheese curds and gravy.
For those with a taste for the
spicy or unusual, check out the jalapeno poppers and bacon
lollipops. If the dipping portion of the soup isn’t enough, you
can order a larger portion of the creamy tomato basil bisque.
Beer, wine and soft drinks are available.
When the father-son team who own New York Grilled
Cheese first opened in this spot, they planned on serving
frozen yogurt, but quickly saw the market was oversaturated.
Rather than call it quits they embraced dairy in another form
and Wilton Manors is the better for it.
New York Grilled Cheese isn’t perfect, the décor is overly
lit and sterile (it still feels like a frozen yogurt shop) and the
awkward layout forces you to choose between two dining
rooms, neither offering much in the way of comfortable
seating. Service ranges from spectacular to ditzy and, on
one occasion, “Why did you bother to come to work today?”
There are rumors that a second location is opening in Boca
and that there are plans to franchise. Stop in now while you
can still say, “I used to go there when...”
are cooked on
a giant waffle
new yoRk gRiLLed
2207 Wilton Dr.
New York Grilled Cheese presents “Cheese-
O-Rama 3” on Sept. 9 to benefit SMART Ride
at its flagship location, 2207 N. Wilton Dr., from
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Hosted by New York Grilled
Cheese “Den Mother” Daisy Deadpetals, the
event features a silent auction, 20 percent back
from each check donated to the charity, as well as
$1 for everyone who checks in on Facebook.
SMART Ride takes place Nov. 13 -14. For more
information on the ride, go to TheSmartRide.org.
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