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Looking for the best cheesecake EVER

russbeer Jan 14, 2010 11:05 PM

Hi all,

My wife and I are in Manhattan for 6 days in Feb and I love cheesecake. New York cheesecake is meant to be the best. I want to taste the best!

Where have Chow users found the best cheesecake in the city? (we will be visiting Brooklyn too)

Many thanks
Russ Collinson

  1. daffyduck Mar 11, 2010 04:44 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.
    for plain i liked venieros better than juniors.

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      traceybell Mar 10, 2010 08:41 PM

      If you're in the theater district, Trecolori, the Italian restaurant has really good cheesecake. It's light and fluffy and tangy, not dense.

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        pbjluver Mar 10, 2010 07:26 PM

        Junior's is also in Grand Central Station, downstairs in the Food Hall.

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        1. re: pbjluver
          christinepierce Apr 1, 2010 10:57 AM

          I wish juniors made their cheesecake with a crust -- whats all that spongecake about?

        2. teresa Jan 15, 2010 09:13 AM

          I really like the Two Little Red Hens' cheesecake. I'm a fan of crust and their crust is yummy. Also, it's only $4.50 for a slice, which is really good for a bakery that sells cupcakes for $4 a piece. I actually enjoyed it more than Junior's. I'm a huge fan of Junior's cheesecake as well.

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          1. re: teresa
            gutsofsteel Jan 15, 2010 09:17 AM

            I second the recommendation for Two Little Red Hens.

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            El Tigre Jan 15, 2010 08:13 AM

            eileen's (17 clevend place) should definitely be included as a contender

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              smokeandapancake Jan 15, 2010 09:08 AM

              i guess i like 40 year old, mass produced, overly sweet, crap, reputation cake.

              1. re: smokeandapancake
                gutsofsteel Jan 15, 2010 09:17 AM

                You'll notice I said it tastes good. But then again so does a Big Mac.

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                  smokeandapancake Jan 15, 2010 09:18 AM

                  i saw, thanks.

                2. re: smokeandapancake
                  Motosport Mar 11, 2010 06:41 AM

                  Me too!!! Junior's...MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!! I like the strawberry cheese pie.

                  Personally I dislike when someone asks for the "BEST!" Is there really ever a best? So many different types and varieties of food and restaurant experiences.
                  For example: Katz's is a unique NYC experience that you won't find elsewhere and they serve great pastrami sammiches. Is the sammich the best? IMHO it's up there in the top 10.

              2. LNG212 Jan 15, 2010 07:31 AM

                I'm not a fan of Junior's.

                My vote is always S&S (from the Bronx but also usually available at Zabar's).

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                  gutsofsteel Jan 15, 2010 08:30 AM

                  Junior's is not good. It's mass produced overly sweet crap. Mind you it tastes good, but it's basically cheesecake fast food.

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                    intrepid Jan 15, 2010 08:41 AM

                    juniors living on a 40 year old reputation cake is like lead, S&S is ok, but not as good as the winner

                  2. NAtiveNewYorker Jan 15, 2010 07:14 AM

                    D'aiuto Baby Watson is terrific.

                    1. smokeandapancake Jan 15, 2010 06:22 AM

                      my vote will always be juniors. reminds me of my grandmothers. plain..no cherries, pineapples, etc.

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                      1. re: smokeandapancake
                        iluvcookies Jan 15, 2010 07:26 AM

                        I second the Junior's rec.

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                        intrepid Jan 15, 2010 03:33 AM


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