Liv Tyler and Mario Batali Share Grilled Cheese at N.Y.C. Diner

04/14/2014 at 12:16 PM ET

Empire Diner Grilled Cheese Recipe
Courtesy Mario Batali

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that give you the most pleasure. For Mario Batali and Liv Tyler, it was noshing on grilled cheese sandwiches together at an iconic New York eatery.

On Friday, the pals met up at the Empire Diner, led by chef Amanda Freitag, in N.Y.C.’s Chelsea neighborhood, and ordered a couple of the restaurant’s popular grilled cheese sandwiches.

But rather than the standard yellow-American-on-white-bread found in most diners, Freitag’s take on the classic is a delicious mix of melty fontina and cheddar cheeses layered with roasted tomatoes on toasted brioche.

The friends were so psyched with their meal, they shared their dining experience on Instagram.

“Grilled cheese day w @misslivalittle,” Batali wrote, along with a photo of Tyler chomping down on her sammie. “Wheeeeee!”

The actress matched the chef’s exuberance in her own post.

“Diner date with this beautiful nut,” she wrote, before giving her meal high marks. “Most delicious grilled cheese!!!! Mmmm mmmm good!!!!” But instead of posting another food shot, the actress got creative and snapped their feet — Batali in his signature orange Crocs and Tyler in classic Chuck Taylors.

How can we get invited to lunch with these two funsters?

—Nancy Mattia

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Jaynes on

Grilled cheese sandwiches make me gag, who eats that crap? Even as a kid I wouldn’t eat it, mom would make them with crap white bread and slices of crap American cheese, I took one bite and spit it out, think I was five, never again did I taste one, yuck! Same thing with macaroni and cheese, tried it and spit it out, yuck food, ugh.

Diane on

You had me at ‘grilled cheese’. Yum….

Elaine on

@jaynes: Of course white bread and elastic American cheese is crap. You should try grilled cheese with good gooey cheese and quality bread. I like mine with caramelized onions.

HiC on

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese in Boston is the BEST!!!

Nikki on

@jaynes…who piddled in your cheerios this morning? You sound like a complete joy as a child.

Melissa on

@ Nikki : lmao :)
@ Jaynes : Sarah Lee White bread with Velveeta cheese slices is actually pretty good on grilled cheese sandwiches. Velveeta cheese shells also tastes yummy. Try those and you might change your mind :)

Erika on

@Jaynes Geeze. Debbie downer over there. I make my grilled cheeses with a good bread. Sometimes with Provolone, sometimes with Pepperjack, but I never use American cheese!

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