The Eat: Macaroni and Cheese bites.
The Place: Sag Harbor’s iconic Corner Bar.
The Story: What if one of your favorite foods was portable? Have you ever dreamed of just being able to pick up, say, forkfuls of macaroni and cheese, with your bare hands? You may not have known that this was a percolating dream, but I am here to tell you that this was a thing that you didn’t know you needed in your life. At Sag Harbor’s Corner Bar, which has served up delicious, unpretentious bar food since 1978, macaroni and cheese comes in bite-sized portions, battered and deep-fried. Does life get any better than this?
Some may rail against mac and cheese bites. If you have had them in the past, you may say the following: But sometimes they’re bad! Okay, this is a fair assessment. Sometimes, they are bad. Sometimes, they lose their creaminess in the deep-frying process, and, personally, I’m not willing to accept convenience over mouthfeel. But what I’m saying here is that Corner Bar has mastered the craft. Their mac and cheese bites are convenient and creamy. They are not dry, they are not gummy, and they are a forkless wonder. They will instantly make you wonder why more restaurants have not mastered a better Béchamel. This is a bar, after all. Their cuisine is not Michelin-starred. So what is the secret behind their really delicious mac and cheese bites?
The truth is, I have no idea, and I really don’t need to know. All I need is for them to keep these little beauties on the menu, so that I can keep indulging the craving. Yes, I know, there are still vine-ripe tomatoes on the stands, and the corn is still good, but as the weather turns crisp and the days grow short, I know that you’re thinking what I’m thinking, and it’s this: I could really go for a plate of mac and cheese bites right about now.