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Possible to find NY-Style Cheesecake in LA?

ipsedixit Sep 15, 2006 01:19 AM

After spending about a week in NY and eating my way through (and overdosing on) the cheesecakes at D'Aiuto's, Juniors, and Carnegie, I need my fix now that I am back in LA.

Any leads?

Julienne's in San Marino is good, but doesn't really measure up -- too light and creamy.


  1. chica Sep 15, 2006 01:26 AM

    Welcome back!

    That's hard to say...I think the closest and best one I've had by far was at the terrace restaurant at the Del Coronado in San Diego.

    I hope I don't get flamed for this, but I always feel wounded with calories when I have Cheesefactory's cheesecakes. They're so rich!

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    1. re: chica
      ipsedixit Sep 15, 2006 01:39 AM

      Nothing wrong with Cheesecake Factory. But their offerings aren't really NY-Style. Their cakes are good, but a little too fussy and overwrought with new-fangled concoctions, e.g. butter rum caramel strudel cheesecake. Delicious, no doubt, but not NY-style.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        WildSwede Dec 15, 2006 03:28 PM

        Earlier this week we ordered their "original" cheesecake (always get the strawberries on the side - easier to cut with them not on the cake) for two "New York Cheesecake Lovers" at work. They both adored it. It was really, really good.

    2. russkar Sep 15, 2006 01:35 AM

      The Grill on the Alley in BH
      Pastina Trattoria on Westwood Bl near Olympic
      Both places have the BEST NY Cheesecake in LA.

      1. monku Sep 15, 2006 02:58 AM

        Is there any cheesecake in LA that isn't "NY style cheesecake"?
        I'm originally from NY so its funny that once you leave there everyone says they have NY style cheesecake (except the Cheesecake Factory).

        Closest I've had is at Arnie Mortons in downtown LA and maybe at Shula's 347 at the Sheraton Gateway.

        Once out of curiosity I made a cheesecake from the Juniors cheescake recipe(you can google it)and it wasn't bad.

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        1. re: monku
          russkar Sep 15, 2006 03:06 AM

          The Junior's recipe is excellent! Outstanding Recipe. The ones I've mail ordered to LA for "disobedient employees" were average.
          The NY Cheese cake that is available at Restaurants I've recommended above will be better than ANYTHING you've had in NY(and I've had them all, including a little place in Brooklyn that's so dangerous to visit I'm lucky to be typing this) or anywhere else on Planet Earth, TRUST ME!

          1. re: russkar
            monku Sep 15, 2006 03:30 AM

            Its occured to me after this posting that there must one bakery that makes most of the top of the line "NY style" cheesecakes for the LA restaurants.

            Believe me I've had my share of NY and Miami Beach cheesecakes. I'm from Great Neck and we had our share of delis and bakeries. My dads thing was going to Whitestone every now and then to pick up a cheesecake from some famous place.

            Maybe the wrong place for this but a decadent thing is the Frozen Cheesecake you get at the Balboa Pier.

        2. The Chowhound Team Sep 15, 2006 05:27 AM

          A tangent about Bay area cheesecake maker JM Rosen has been split into its own post. You can find it on the SF Bay board, here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. Emme Sep 15, 2006 06:34 AM

            Ruth's Chris Steakhouse has what they claim to be NY cheesecake. I don't like it personally because I don't like NY style. Thicker, denser, less sweet?

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              budlit Sep 15, 2006 04:33 PM

              i really like the cheesecake at sweet lady jane's

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                Jesdamala Dec 13, 2006 11:59 PM

                Hate to be the one to tell the news...but I order Carnegie direct or online! It just cannot be beat. I have a son who never, ever would eat cheesecake. One day he came home from a friend's house and said he loved a cheesecake they served. His reason? 'Mom, the fork stood up in it'! I called the host, found the source, and have been ordering ever since. Nothing comparable in LA comes near, and believe me, we have tried to find it!

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                1. re: Jesdamala
                  russkar Dec 14, 2006 12:09 AM

                  Grill on the Alley or Pastina will clobber Carnegie or any other challengers.
                  Try it you'll see?

                  1. re: russkar
                    tarabell Dec 14, 2006 09:51 PM

                    I thought Grill on the Alley had the closest contender to the Carnegie's cheesecake, having recently had both. I highly recommend the Grill's version. It is the real deal.

                    1. re: tarabell
                      russkar Dec 15, 2006 02:41 PM

                      Pastina Trattoria has the same one as The Grill.

                2. Das Ubergeek Dec 15, 2006 01:50 PM

                  I order Junior's online, but honestly the closest I've come to real NY-style cheesecake is from Goldilocks Bakery, which is a chain of Filipino bakeries. They do have a plain but you have to ask for it -- default has streaks of mango in it.

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