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New York Grilled Cheese Set To Open In Boca Raton April 12—In Time For National Grilled Cheese Day

Boca residents, get ready to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day in style. 

New York Grilled Cheese, the Wilton Manors-based restaurant with a cult following, has set its opening date for the new downtown Boca store that will become its flagship. It will open across from Mizner Park on Tuesday, April 12, to coincide with National Grilled Cheese Day.

The comfort food menu is full of waffled grilled cheese sandwiches named for parts of New York, such as the Manhattan Mac 'n' Cheese, the Brooklyn Porkster and the Broadway Classic. Other options include bacon lollipops, a boat of chicken tenders, and loaded waffle fries with toppings ranging from pulled pork and gravy to Buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

The popular grilled cheese shop is expanding because it has outgrown its small space in Wilton Manors that was originally meant to be a frozen yogurt store. 

Owner Leor Barak, who ultimately hopes to franchise the brand, is looking forward to seeing the Boca community come out and support the new shop.

"We have FAU [students], we have Lynn University—that's our usual target market—but really, everybody enjoys grilled cheese," he said.

New York Grilled Cheese fans in Boca have been eagerly awaiting the store's debut—calling the Wilton Manors store nonstop, posting to the Facebook page and more—since the expected opening date was initially set for December, Barak said. Now all that awaits in the last week is some final staff training and test runs to work through the kinks. 

"We know that we have a great following; our customer base is the best—they'll kill you for a grilled cheese," Barak said. "We just want to make sure we give them the best service that we can."

The Boca location will serve hard root beer on tap as well as Panther Coffee cold brew, including nitrogen-infused iced coffee—which is smooth, creamy and slightly bubbly, almost like a Guinness beer. New York Grilled Cheese also plans to roll out breakfast grilled cheese sandwiches a couple of months after opening.

A few formerly announced menu items under consideration—salads and dessert grilled cheese sandwiches—have been taken off the table at the Boca store for now.

There's a juice bar that serves salads next door, so Barak said he doesn't want to take away from their business. Plus, he's realized salads aren't the right fit for the New York Grilled Cheese menu, which he calls "unapologetically fat."

"Feed your soul, get some comfort, and then the other days you can go to Whole Foods and have some salad," Barak said.

As far as desserts, Barak has decided that New York Grilled Cheese's bread pudding has become such a huge draw in Wilton Manors—bringing in some guests for dessert alone—that dessert sandwiches aren't necessary. 

Competitors "are all doing the s'mores grilled cheese" nowadays, Barak said, but that's not what he wants to do. Instead, New York Grilled Cheese uses the ends of its homemade bread loaves and turns them into bread pudding using real cream, eggs and custard.

Barak said his Boca store and future locations will embrace the culture that's been created at New York Grilled Cheese in Wilton Manors, an area known for being LGBT-friendly.

"Everyone's accepted from every walk of life. … That's one thing we're taking away with us from Wilton Manors," he said.

New York Grilled Cheese; 493 Federal Highway, Boca Raton

(Lead image via Facebook/New York Grilled Cheese Co. Downtown Boca Raton)