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Looking for the best cheesecake EVER

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

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

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      1. D'aiuto Baby Watson is terrific.

        1. 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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          1. re: LNG212

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

            1. re: LNG212

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

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

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              1. re: El Tigre

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

                1. re: smokeandapancake

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

                  1. re: smokeandapancake

                    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. 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

                    I second the recommendation for Two Little Red Hens.

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

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                    1. re: pbjluver

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

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

                      1. 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.