Wilton Manors-Based New York Grilled Cheese Will Be Gifting Boca Raton With Its Waffle-Pressed Melts Very Soon
The home of the waffle-pressed grilled cheese sandwich is coming to Boca Raton.
New York Grilled Cheese, a Wilton Manors restaurant that has lined up a cult following, plans to open its second location in Boca Raton by early December.
The popular grilled cheese shop has attracted customers from as far west as Weston and as far south as South Beach for a taste of magical melts.
Patrons seek out pressed sandwiches, including the Wall Street Grindr Melt (bacon, scrambled eggs, waffle fries, caramelized onions and melted American cheese all packed between two waffle-seared garlic bread slices) and Manhattan Mac 'n' Cheese, as well as unusual sides like bacon lollipops and loaded waffle fries.
However, with this success comes one snag: Too small of a dining space to fit everyone.
"We love this place, but there's just not enough space," owner Leor Barak said. "We're supposed to be a fast casual restaurant, and it gets to be a long wait to eat."
The new Boca store, located at 439 N. Federal Highway across from Mizner Park, will feature expanded offerings, including one-of-a-kind breakfast grilled cheese sandwiches, such as the Queens Chicken & Waffle Melt, salads, vegan options and dessert grilled cheese items.
"I already know that we're going to start some sort of drama because people are going to come out here to Wilton Manors and ask for them, but that's how we're going to push traffic to Boca," Barak said.
Barak expects college students from nearby Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University to enjoy his waffle grilled cheeses, but he feels confident that the Wilton Manors customer base will drive north to check out the new menu, too.
Once it opens, the Boca Raton location will become New York Grilled Cheese's flagship store. The company plans to then start franchising the brand early next year.
For more information and updates on the Boca opening, visit the Boca Raton store's Facebook page.
New York Grilled Cheese Co.; 439 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton