Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where to Eat: Say Cheese with 'wichcraft Grilled Cheese

We at the park are always asked by visitors: "Where is a good place to eat around here?" Luckily, the Bryant Park neighborhood is home to a wide variety of high-quality food at various price points, perfect for a leisurely lunch or a quick snack. In this series, we give you the scoop on dining in the area. 

Now that the weather has improved sufficiently to enjoy lunch in the park, we're all about al fresco dining. We hit the 'wichcraft grilled cheese kiosk, on the 40th Street side of the park, for a sampling of their cheesy and satisfying specialty. April is National Grilled Cheese Month, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate.

The kiosk sits on the 40th Street side of the park.
The menu is short--just three sandwiches--but that specialization means that each sandwich has been tweaked to perfection. So, naturally, we had to try all three! Clockwise from noon: the Classic, the Gruyere, the Tuna Melt, and the tomato soup. At $7.35 per sandwich, you don't have to drop a lot of cheddar to enjoy a scrumptious lunch; $10.79 gets you a grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.
The Classic, with New York state cheddar on country bread, was the ultimate in pull-apart cheesy goodness. With bronzed grill lines and just the right amount of cheese, this sandwich puts white bread and pre-processed cheese to shame. 
Of course, we had to dunk the Classic in the tomato soup, because what goes better together than grilled cheese and tomato soup? The soup, with San Marzano tomatoes, sherry vinegar, and basil, had a slight spicy kick to it--the right amount to wake up your mouth, but not enough to invite post-lunch heartburn. The soup comes with Parmesan rosemary breadsticks for dipping. 
The Tuna Melt combined the virtues of two of our favorite sandwiches--grilled cheese and tuna. Pole-caught tuna, gruyere, and roasted tomatoes nestle between caraway rye bread with picture-perfect grill marks. The roasted tomato flavor on the sandwich echoed the tomato flavor in the soup.
The gruyere and roasted onion was the last we tried, and the standout of the bunch. The roasted onions were cut fine, so each bite had that oniony flavor that we expected from this sandwich. One of the members of our group excitedly exclaimed, "It tastes like French onion soup!" which was an accurate assessment of its rich, savory taste.

Which sandwich is your favorite? Which sandwich are you most excited to try? Tell us in the comments section below.

'wichcraft grilled cheese kiosk
Daily, 11am - 6pm

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