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Best cheesecake in Manhattan?

amandajj Jan 23, 2009 03:03 PM

My 11 year old is a big cheesecake fan - any ideas where we might get a good, tasty slice with a coffee?

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    lewinters Mar 12, 2010 12:27 PM

    I had some amazing cheesecake at Serafina the other night, Bway in the 50s.

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      steakrules85 Mar 11, 2010 10:19 AM

      I know this is not a bakery BUT I will say the best cheesecake I have had is at Strip House.

      I am not a huge fan of cheesecake. Most of the time if I see it on the dessert menu I just skip over it. I prefer flavored cheesecakes, but there's was seriously delicious and HUGE.


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        dietndesire Mar 11, 2010 07:22 PM

        I do not know about Strip House but a few,if not many, of the better known steakhouses serve S&S cheesecake.

      2. daffyduck Mar 11, 2010 04:46 AM

        if you're ok with deviating from from plain cheesecake, babbo has a maple mascarpone cheesecake that is not only the best cheesecake i've ever had but I think the best thing i've ever eaten. i think i just woke up cause i heard that cheesecake calling my name.

        1. Motosport Jan 27, 2009 12:20 PM

          Whenever I think of NY cheesecake I think of Junior's. I particularly love the strawberry cheese pie. We even had it for our wedding cake. I have been going to Junior's for their cheesecake since 1955. Rich and creamy!!! Way back in the day it won the New York Magazine cheescake olympics. The original is in Brooklyn. Also in the Times Square area and the food court at Grand Central.

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            ian9139 Jan 25, 2009 06:06 PM

            Quite a bit different, but I really liked the goat cheese cheesecake from the desert truck.

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              Gigi007 Jan 25, 2009 06:49 PM

              Someone mentioned S&S cheesecake that you can get at Zabar's, and I second that. I would also recommend Chikalicious' cheesecake.

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              cew Jan 25, 2009 08:51 AM

              In addition to the places mentioned I have also enjoyed the cheesecake at Brooklyn Diner, 2 locations midtown, and the ricotta cheesecake from Murrays Cheese in West Village.

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                  marlie202 Jan 25, 2009 07:30 AM

                  I love Veniero's Italian ricotta cheese cake and their amaretto cream cheese cake too!!I love all of Venieros delicious cakes!!!

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                    pickyeater23 Jan 24, 2009 09:23 AM

                    i absolutely adore malibu diners cheesecake, nothing else from there but cheesecake. bring it back home every time i visit NYC and cant get enough of it!

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                      Yaxpac Jan 25, 2009 06:16 AM

                      I have never had Eilieen's so I cannot comment on that cheesecake. I love Veniero's dessert's, but I am not a fan of their cheesecakes. They are just okay.

                      The best cheesecake (by far) that I have found is from S&S Cheesecake in the Bronx (I think it is east 238st). It is what cheesecake should be. You can find them at Zabar's too, but I am not sure if they are as fresh. An S&S cheesecake is a wonderful experience.

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                        rpk Mar 11, 2010 03:44 PM

                        S&S is at 222 W 238th St in the Bronx, open Monday to Friday 6AM-3PM. It's not a store, but if you bang on the door someone will let you in. You can choose from whatever happens to be available when you get there.

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                      RCC Jan 24, 2009 05:53 AM

                      I like the Italian-style ricotta cheeesecake at Veniero's on 11th Street and 1st Avenue.

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                        tpigeon Jan 23, 2009 04:50 PM

                        I love the carnegie delis bluberry cheesecake

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                          silencespeak Jan 23, 2009 03:59 PM

                          Eileen's Special Cheesecake on Cleveland btw Broome and Spring (Soho) - I agree with critic Ed Levine, this is the place to go in NY for Cheesecake. It's delicate, well-made, and satisfies cheesecake cravings like a mouse is with cheese. Around 12 or more flavors available in Small form.

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                            amandajj Jan 24, 2009 12:21 AM

                            Thanks alot - Eileen's it is. (Am so easily led!!!)

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                              addictedtolunch Jan 24, 2009 02:33 AM

                              Eileen's is very good, but doesn't satisfy every cheesecake mood- it's light and airy in comparison to some recipes.

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                                Pan Jan 24, 2009 09:11 AM

                                I've never been to Eileen's but like Two Little Red Hens. Amanda, if you are going to the Metropolitan Museum, walk to Hens afterwards. It's on 2nd Av. between 85th and 86th Sts. And if you go there, make sure to get some of their squares (e.g., lime-coconut, lemon, Linzer, chocolate-pecan), which I like even better than their cheesecake.

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                                  foodwhisperer Jan 24, 2009 09:59 AM

                                  Eileen's is the best I've had,, Veniero's individual cheesecakes are good too,

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                                    Lau Jan 25, 2009 06:46 PM

                                    agree on Eileen's Special Cheesecake as well, i like that place alot, very good

                                    dislike Veniero's...pretty critical of that place generally, i think they live off a reputation built a very long time ago and the place is a shell of whatever it was then

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                                      Pan Jan 25, 2009 07:01 PM

                                      Totally agreed on Veniero's.

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                                        RCC Jan 26, 2009 06:46 AM

                                        Different type of cheesecake between Veniero’s and Eileens, afaic, and this has nothing to do with past reputation.

                                        It's a matter of preferrence. Eileen’s doesn’t make the ricotta-based Italian cheesecake, and Veniero’s make them (and they're good). For some, myself included, the ricotta is preferred.

                                        Plus, the OP asked for good coffee and I though that coffee at Veniero's are pretty good, too.

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                                          Lau Jan 26, 2009 07:12 AM

                                          i hear u on different types of cheesecakes (and if you like their version then you are totally entitled to as "taste" is obviously a totally subjective and intangible subject).

                                          However, for me the reason i dislike Veniero's has nothing to do with the type of cheesecake in this case, but rather it has to do with the absolute quality of the items there, which i find sub par and my own opinion (obviously people are totally free to disagree with me) is that the reputation you hear about is far different than the actual quality of the food

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                                        foodwhisperer Jan 25, 2009 09:50 PM

                                        I agree that veniero's is not what it once was,,, especially pre-tables, back in the 70s.
                                        But the cheese cakes are still good both the ricotta and the little cream cheese cakes. Their birthday cakes i got for my kids for so many years, i assume those are still good,, the tarts arent as good, the pastaciotta and the pastacroche and sfogliatelle is not as good as years earlier,,,, Ferrara I dont like, and Roma once was good now not so good,,, I like brunos pastires, ceci cela french pastry ,, i havnt been to bleecker st. bakery and Rocco's in ages not sure if they are still good. Eileens however, is still as good as ever,,, the best cheese cake ( except for mine),,, juniors is horrible ,now thers a name that lives on its reputation alone.

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