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Cheesecake help

I am looking for the best cheesecake in midtown Manhattan. I'm visiting for the weekend with my father (who makes almost everything he eats from scratch - he's a tough critic). During our annual trips to NYC he is always on the hunt for the perfect cheesecake and we haven't been able to deliver just yet.

We are staying at 42nd and 2nd but it doesn't have to be in the vicinity of our hotel - very open to walking. I would just like to blow his socks off.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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  1. For many many years I have loved Junior's cheesecake. It's cream cheese style. My all time favorite is the strawberry cheese pie. We even had one for our wedding "cake."
    You can get it at the Grand Central Market, the food court @ Grand Central or Juniors restaurant in the Times Square area.
    Our second favorite is Eileen's in SOHO. Try them both and report back!!

    1. What kind of cheesecake? Ricotta based or not? Flavored or not? How sweet? Where have you tried?

      This may help:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...

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      1. re: kathryn

        this is an excellent website - thank you for sharing! He prefers ricotta style, not super sweet or flavored. i can't remember where we've gone before so i guess that tells you how memorable it was...and obviously got sucked into a few tourist traps. Thanks so much for your help!

        1. re: smsiegel

          You could try Rocco's if you want to stay in Manhattan (caveat: I haven't been there lately and also have had either a cannoli or baba au rhum most of the times I've been there). OK, I just looked at their menupages.com menu. $58.00 for an 11-inch ricotta cheesecake with no other options? That's crazy expensive in my book!

          If you don't mind taking a fairly long trip to Bensonhurst, your best bet is the wonderful and inexpensive Villabate. They have no prices on their site, but I am positive your cake would be way cheaper and way better than you could get at Rocco's or anyplace else in Manhattan, and I'm guessing by a factor of 4. However, I haven't tried Court St. Pastries, which is indeed a lot less far into Brooklyn.

      2. I like the fresh strawberry cheesecake at Carnegie Deli

        1. Not in midtown, so sorry for the suggestion, but I have just recently tried Veniero's at 11th st and 1st Ave. Love at first bite.

          Edit - They also deliver :)

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          1. re: r32nissan

            Veniero's vs. Junior's--I think Veniero's wins. They have ricotta cheesecake, too.

            1. re: Patja

              Apples and oranges!! Cream cheese and ricotta. They are both winners.

          2. I'm a fan of Junior's myself, but I recently had a Baby Watson cheesecake from D'Aiuto's Bakery (8th ave bet 30/31st). It has no crust, it's just creamy and dense, not too sweet.
            Apparently they have been making these cheesecakes since 1924, but I never see them mentioned on these boards.

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            1. re: iluvcookies

              +1 for Baby Watson cheesecake. There used to be a frozen version available in supermarkets. Don't know if it's still sold frozen.

              1. re: iluvcookies

                Baby Watson is excellent too!! So many cheesecakes, so litle time.