Lobster Mac & Cheese Worth Every Calorie

Lobster mac and cheese is like foodie heaven with two beloved dishes mixed into one. But sadly, not all lobster mac and cheese is made the same. Far too often restaurants either get stingy on the lobster serving or don’t spend enough time perfecting the cheese. Several spots around Long Island know how to get it right. Forget calories and dig into some of the best Long Island lobster mac and cheese.

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Waterzooi, Garden City

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This popular Belgian bistro is known for its moules pots (mussels served in pots with frites and mayonnaise on the side), but the truffled lobster mac and cheese appetizer also steals the show. Customers say it’s worth the $22 especially since there’s no stinginess. There are generous chunks of lobster mixed in with gooey cheese overflowing in the small bowl. Downside: it’s an appetizer so one serving might not be enough! Phone: 516-877-2177 | Address: 850 Franklin Ave Click to go

Salt & Barrel, Bay Shore

When it opened in 2016, this upscale oyster bar and restaurant quickly became one of the most buzzed about spots of the year. The Flynn family (same owners of the beloved Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park) offers a seafood-focused menu with popular items like crispy rock shrimp and clam chowder. The rich lobster mac and cheese served as a side has also gained a reputation. It probably has to do with the fact that bacon is also part of the recipe. Phone: 631-647-8818 | Address: 61 W Main St. Click to go

IMC Restaurant & Bar, Huntington

Sure meat is the big deal here—IMC stands for Imperial Meat Company after all. But the lobster mac and cheese also deserves a shoutout. It’s made with smoked gouda and breadcrumbs and comes served in a skillet. In his 2015 review, our restaurant reviewer Richard Jay Scholem described it as rich, filling and big enough for more than one diner. Not a bad deal for $16. Phone: 631-824-6222 | Address: 279 Main St. Click to go

Bistro 25, Sayville

Smoked gouda, cheddar, parmigiana and truffle oil make the mac and cheese at this spot a hit. Add optional bacon, pork belly or lobster (for a few more bucks) and foodies might have a hard time forgetting their trip to this casual eatery. Customers call it incredible, noting that the cheese is just right and so are the huge chunks of lobster. What’s even better? There’s no worrying about small portions since it’s served as an entree. Phone: 631-589-7775 | Address: 45 Foster Ave Click to go

Crazy Fish Bar and Gill, Port Jefferson

Opened just a year ago, Crazy Fish Bar and Gill has become a popular spot in Port Jefferson Village. The outdoor deck seating and laid-back vibes are a few pluses. Other pluses: the seafood and meat selections like the marinated skirt steak and the mac & cheese, which has a seal of approval from customers. Phone: 631-509-4848 | Address: 9 Traders Cove Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.