The Afterglow: S’Mac

by Skip on March 28, 2007

in Cities,New York City

Ever since S’Mac opened last summer in the East Village, I’d been dying to try it out. It was buzz city, for sure; there was great press, there was good press, and then there was the mac’n’cheese backlash. (And after it all NBC chimed in with some good press; it’s a relief to know they’re on top of things …)

And I would have gone sooner; I must have tried over a dozen times. Each time was the same: talked to an eating partner, they agreed, we set a date, then they’d cancel.

Finally, Liz and I felt sufficiently driven to give it a shot last week. The smallish room was crowded for 8pm on a Sunday, and and the radiant heat from the cast iron pans did well by cutting through the early spring chill. She chose the 4-cheese, I went with the Cajun, and we both opted for the bread crumb topping.

The 4-cheese was quite bland and almost too runny, but the Cajun spicy/creamy combo did the job very nicely. I ended up making two meals out of the medium portion size, Major Munch.

Overall, it wasn’t the best mac n’ cheese I’d ever eaten but it was a strong contender. I will be back, but only when I feel a crushing need to fill myself on cheese and carbs.

The Afterglow is a reoccurring feature where Gourmetros visit buzzworthy places a bit after the buzz. Call us lazy if you must, but we just want to find out for ourselves if the places were ever worth it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Dropped March 28, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Eh. I was curious as to what all the s’mac buzz was about, too. Had the cajun a few weeks ago and, like you, a little bit deflated.

And yes, even the 4-cheese isn’t quite cheesy enough.

Robert April 2, 2007 at 8:08 am

I tried s’mac right when it opened and was not impressed. I think Supermac which recently opened in Chelsea is much better. However, neither are outstanding.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: