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Craving classic New York style cheesecake in Somerville/Cambridge...

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bella_sarda Jan 18, 2007 04:36 AM

something with no bells and whistles, cheesecake for the purist: dense but not heavy, rich but not unctuous, not too sweet, graham cracker crust and (light coating of) sour cream topping. No berries, flavors, etc., preferably take out. Is Rosie's cheesecake good? I really like their layer cakes.

locations in downtown Boston OK too...

  1. Joanie Jan 18, 2007 11:27 AM

    I bet S&S has decent cheesecake.

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      tamerlanenj Jan 18, 2007 01:54 PM

      You're making me weep for the Elmwood Park Diner in Bergen County, NJ.

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      1. re: tamerlanenj
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        kwerky78 Apr 15, 2007 02:11 PM

        s&s is truly the best cheescake, it puts juniors to shame

      2. hotoynoodle Jan 18, 2007 02:25 PM

        i grew up in ny and don't think of classic ny cheesecake as having a sour cream topping.

        smith & wollensky gets their cheesecake flown in (fedex) from s&s bakery in the bronx. say what you will about the place, but the cheesecake is killer. (then again, they don't make it, lol.)

        come to think, i bet you could one shipped to yourself. i know junior's ships, and they're considered the king of nyc cheesecakes.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle
          rlh Jan 18, 2007 03:45 PM

          A second for Junior's or even Carnegie Deli shipping -- have had nothing even nearly comparable in the Boston area (though I LOVE the amazing pumpkin cheesecake from Rosie's Bakery -- it's a different food altogether -- spicy with Ginger Snap crust -- wow!)

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            Karl S Apr 15, 2007 03:48 PM

            I thought there was a consensus that Junior's is not what it used to be, and is riding on fading memories.

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            barlev Jan 18, 2007 07:31 PM

            Fortunately (perhaps, unfortunately), my wife makes one of the best NY style cheesecakes I've ever had (and I've eaten more than care to remember), so I don't have to seek them out. The cheesecake from Juniors is still as good as it was when I last lived in Brooklyn ocer 30 years ago. Having it delivered to your door is quite the treat. I also concur that Smith & Wollensky's cheesecake is quite tasty for the local choice. I believe you can hit their bar just for desert. As for the local bakery offerings, never quite found anything that comes close.

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            1. re: barlev
              jfood Jan 18, 2007 07:36 PM

              If you could be extra special nice to your DW today and have the recipe posted, the rest of us would greatly appreciate it.

              TY so much.

            2. jfood Jan 18, 2007 07:35 PM

              S&W and the Palm use S&S from the Bronx, considered by many to be the King of Cheesecakes, yours truly included. I do not know of anyone who carries S&S in Boston.

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                Kevin E Jan 18, 2007 07:48 PM

                Carnegie Deli cheesecake at Fresh Pond Market, Cambridge!
                Kevin

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                  mao Jan 18, 2007 07:53 PM

                  Barley please post the recipe!!!

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                    bella_sarda Jan 19, 2007 12:50 AM

                    I like the Fresh Pond Market idea, since I'm not likely to mail order from Carnegie Deli, S&S, etc., unless it's for a special occasion (other than just my craving it in general). When I am feeling less purist I will try Rosie's pumpkin. thanks all!

                    And yes, Barlev, please post your wife's recipe!!!

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                      jajjguy Jan 19, 2007 02:25 AM

                      I bought a really good one once at Whole Foods.

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                        barlev Jan 25, 2007 05:32 AM

                        It took some doing, but here's the recipe . . . enjoy:

                        Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a graham cracker or chocolate crumb crust. Press onto bottom and sides of 10" springform pan.

                        Filling:

                        1 1/2 lbs cream cheese
                        3/4 c sugar
                        4 eggs
                        1 tsp vanilla
                        1/2 pint sour cream

                        Allow cream cheese to come to room temp until soft. Beat cheese, sugar, eggs - one at a time - and vanilla for a total of 4 minutes. Fold in sour cream. Pour into crust and bake 50-55 minutes.

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                          mao Jan 28, 2007 07:18 AM

                          Thanks!!

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