When you’re craving comfort food, there’s not much better than tender elbows of pasta suspended in pure molten cheese. The only catch: NYC has more restaurants serving mac and cheese than it has Jews and pizzerias combined (okay, maybe not, but the number of variations can be overwhelming).

Macaroni and cheese can be creamy or baked. It can come as a no-frills side dish or with a $20 price tag. It seems a bit daunting to even attempt to unearth NYC’s “best,” so we’ve featured our favorite mac in different categories, from best Latin-inflected to best nouveau-Southern. No matter how you prefer it, one of these macaroni and cheese dishes is sure to entice.

Here are our five favorite spots to eat mac and cheese in NYC.