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Excellent cheesecake?

Olive123 Aug 2, 2012 08:08 AM

I am not a huge cheesecake fan, but my husband is. He does not like ricotta cheesecake (that I actually do like!). I would love to pick up a small one for him while in Manhattan today. Any recommendations? Midtown east or south of there is fine. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Motosport RE: Olive123 Aug 2, 2012 08:37 AM

    Veniero's for Italian Ricotta cheesecake.
    Juniors @ the Grand Central terminal market or food court for creamy style.

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      foodwhisperer RE: Olive123 Aug 2, 2012 04:06 PM

      Eileen's on Kenmare is the best store bought cheesecake I ever had. They have several sizes including individual ones. It is not ricotta style, it is cream cheese style. I like juniors cheese pie, better than their cheese cake. But Eileen's is the best.

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        Motosport RE: foodwhisperer Aug 3, 2012 11:34 AM

        Yes, Junior's cheese pie seems to be better than the cheese cake. Go figure? The strawberry cheese pie is my all time favorite. We had it for our wedding cake!!

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          foodwhisperer RE: Motosport Aug 3, 2012 02:53 PM

          It's funny you never hear about their cheese pie only the cheesecake, well i hope i brought back happy memories ,mentioning the cheese pie :)

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        mushroomaffairs RE: Olive123 Aug 2, 2012 08:36 PM

        100% agree with Eileen's as being the one of the best fresh creamy cheesecakes. I've also had problems not once but twice with Junior's cakes being way underbaked in the center.

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          Pan RE: Olive123 Aug 3, 2012 09:54 PM

          I haven't tried Eileen's yet, but another choice for you is S&S, which is carried by Zabar's. I tried one direct from their store quite a number of years ago and have never forgotten it. S&S is in the Bronx, but Zabar's is not, and S&S and Eileen's are the two places most often cited as making the best New York cheesecake in the Five Boroughs. Very honorable mention for Two Little Red Hens on 2nd Av. between 85th and 86th Sts.

          For ricotta cheesecake, you are really best off going to Brooklyn, and if you're willing to do that, post a query on the Outer Boroughs board. I haven't been lately, but I'm guessing Rocco's is still best in Manhattan, but a far cry from the best to be had in Brooklyn (Villabate in Bensonhurst). I imagine there's good ricotta cheesecake to be had in the Bronx, too, but post to Outer Boroughs for that, too.

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