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Jan 23, 2009 03:03 PM

Best cheesecake in Manhattan?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: silencespeak

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

      1. re: silencespeak

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

        1. re: silencespeak

          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.

          1. re: silencespeak

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

            1. re: silencespeak

              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

              1. re: Lau

                Totally agreed on Veniero's.

                1. re: Pan

                  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.

                  1. re: RCC

                    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

                2. re: Lau

                  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.

              2. I love the carnegie delis bluberry cheesecake

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: pickyeater23

                      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.

                      1. re: Yaxpac

                        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.

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