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Where's your favorite cheesecake bakery? [moved from Manhattan board]

DJS Jul 17, 2007 04:45 PM

When a slice is just not enough, where do you go? I know everyone raves about Junior's, but I'm not crazy about the layer of spongecake -- it's too soggy for me. I prefer a graham cracker crust.

I can tell you where I've had the worst cheesecake -- the otherwise wonderful Stand on 12th. Are you sitting down...it came in a glass. Now I am craving the real thing.

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    Lucia Jul 17, 2007 04:46 PM

    Artisanal--they sell them whole, or you can order them for dessert.

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      kam0424 Jul 19, 2007 02:12 PM

      Murray's has a lemon ricotta cheesecake that is mind blowing.

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        Seth Jul 24, 2007 01:17 PM

        By Murray's, do you mean the cheese shop or some other Murray's?

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          kam0424 Jul 24, 2007 05:08 PM

          the cheese shop on bleeker

      2. LNG212 Jul 19, 2007 02:17 PM

        My fave isn't in Manhattan. It's S&S in the Bronx. We used to have to go up to Bway and 240th (or 238th?) to get them. But some amazing person at Zabar's also discovered them and they carry them now (at least they carry the small ones; we still have to take that long #1 ride for the large ones).

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          MVNYC Jul 19, 2007 10:46 PM

          S&S is by far the best in NY.

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            nativeNYer Jul 19, 2007 11:09 PM

            never heard of S&S but i did try one of lloyd's carrot cakes last year in riverdale. i hate carrot cake but this one was out of this world. gotta try S&S.

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              MVNYC Jul 20, 2007 08:26 AM

              It is the best Jerry!, the Best

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            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jul 20, 2007 08:38 AM

            I have to concur-- S&S is amazing!

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              theannerska Jul 21, 2007 08:58 AM

              LNG212, what size are the small ones? A 6" would be perfect for me - I always carry down some Junior's original when I make trips to friends in the south, but if S&S is really that good...

              1. re: theannerska
                MVNYC Jul 21, 2007 09:42 AM

                It is, you can ship them too. I send them as gifts to people throughout the country.


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                  LNG212 Jul 21, 2007 09:56 AM

                  The small ones weigh 2 lbs. They are probably 8 inches across. I think. Like the size of a lunch plate, maybe. They are so very rich that one can only eat a small piece. The large one is 5 or 6 lbs I think. Zabar's charges about 15 for the small (but we have never seen the large ones in there).

                  (edit) I had a link showing the store in the Bronx and the cheesecake but now I can't get it to work (sorry 'bout that).

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                    LNG212 Jul 21, 2007 10:02 AM

                    In case you want to contact them directly:
                    S&S Cheesecake
                    222 W. 238th St.
                    Bronx, NY 10463
                    (oh, and in case it matters, they are kosher too)

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                      nativeNYer Jul 21, 2007 10:39 AM

                      thanks very much for all of this. learned something new. great!

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                        theannerska Jul 21, 2007 07:20 PM

                        Ditto, very helpful. Thanks MV and LNG!

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                    brendastarlet Jul 19, 2007 02:37 PM

                    What layer of spongecake? When I've had Junior's, it was solid cheesecake, top to bottom. I still think they're best. Artisanal is good, but not the same animal.

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                      DJS Jul 19, 2007 10:45 PM

                      The layer of sponge cake, Junior's trademark, is under most -- but not all -- of their cheesecakes. Here's a link to their description of it:


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                      AriB Jul 22, 2007 06:23 PM

                      The best cheesecake I've had thus far has been at Two Little Red Hens... try it!

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                        nativeNYer Jul 22, 2007 07:07 PM

                        i have heard great things about two little red hens bakery. must try this as well.

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                          theannerska Jul 22, 2007 07:19 PM

                          It was written up a while ago in the NYT, I think. Definitely up there - though I prefer the Park Slope location...but that's one for the OB board.

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                            DJS Jul 23, 2007 06:25 PM

                            Two Little Red Hens did the cupcakes for our wedding! Why didn't I think of them?!? Worth the schlep out to Brooklyn. Thanks!

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                            ChowDiva Jul 23, 2007 08:12 AM

                            My father is a cheesecake nut and on almost every holiday/ occasion I am in charge of schlepping a cheesecake for him from various locations that he researched throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. His favorites thus far are Veneiro's NY cheesecake, Eileen's, and Monte's in Bklyn. He wasn't crazy about Junior's. His thing is he likes it mild, not sweet.

                            1. cphdev Jul 28, 2007 06:57 PM

                              Should you ever find yourself in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn... Omonia Cafe has really good cheesecake of all kinds. Not as good as Artisanal, but a contender.

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