New York Cheesecake

July 5, 2013

As an avid pie fan, I felt it prudent to sample a few slices while in New York City. America is known for its pie skills, you see. Pecan, key lime, coconut cream…it’s a delicious list.

During my investigations, I happily happened upon a truly divine pie shop and sampled the most superb pies I have ever tasted. Oh, but you’ll have to wait a few more posts for those details. For now, I have a classic slice of New York Cheesecake for you.

Let’s talk cheesecake.

I am not a big cheesecake fan, in the classical or common sense. Rather, I prefer the less sweet, lovely and lumpier ricotta cheese-based cake to the cream cheese creations. The latter I find far too sweet and a little boring. Though I did not wish this personal preference to impede my pie research, and thus (with the encouragement of two sets of cousins) Ben and I headed to Junior’s, located in the grand Grand Central Terminal food court.

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Junior’s boasts the most fabulous cheesecake in the city. Let’s see…

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We ordered one slice of plain, classic cheesecake to share. This proud portion was incredibly dense and sweetly smooth, with a friendly sponge cake-like base. I suppose the “plain” moniker was quite true, in that it was certainly without the bells and whistles of many cheesecakes out there. There were no nuts or chocolate chips or toppings or swirls…thank goodness. Though I nevertheless found this pie to be too sweet for my taste. If they dialled back the sweetness I dare say I might enjoy this slice of New York Cheesecake. And I count that as an investigative win.

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Oh, and we also shared a slice of Momofuku Crack Pie. Yes indeed! I simply had to try his well loved creation – once you start you’re apparently unable to stop…

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Except that Ben and I did manage to stop. After a few bites, in fact. I found it to be overwhelmingly sweet and the texture a little boring. I prefer a bit of chunk and tenderness to my pie. But, as us hard working pie investigators say, you can’t feel like smashing your face into all the pies out there… The cheesecake won this round, my friends. Totally face-smash worthy.

I’ll return in my next post with a summary of our New York City recommendations. Oh my, it’s going to be a big one…

Heidi xo

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  • Hannah July 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    You and your pie-smashing-face dreams!

    I miss you and you pie-smashing face dreams. xo

    • Heidi July 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      you get me 😉 x

  • Cilla July 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Oh my god YUM!
    Have been following your instagram antics. It looked yummy and healthy. I was inspired to add some nuts and seeds to my porridge this morning

    • Heidi July 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      nice!! love the crunch 🙂 x

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 5, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Cheesecake used to be my mom’s “always works out” cake. Both my grandmom’s had theirs too – with my maternal grandmom, it was either a Frankfurt crown cake or a Madeira cake, and with my paternal grandmom it was a tarte with layers of currant compote and cream on a crispy base, finished with a marcipane cover. On family birthdays, they always used to make these cake. I loved my mom’s cheesecake, but I didn’t like when she put raisins into it (which again my dad loved). I always wanted it plain and simple.

    • Heidi July 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      What a lovely lovely comment, Kath! Thank you so much for sharing. I would adore a slice of each 🙂 x

  • Laura July 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    how funny that I decided to make my first ever New York cheesecake this afternoon. I hope mine is better than that. Well, that it makes me happier than that anyway. I’m using the Hummingbird Bakery recipe. It needs to sit in the fridge overnight so I’ll have to be a little patient!
    Can’t believe the Crack Pie wasn’t great!?!

    • Heidi July 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

      I hope it was wonderful, lovely! x

  • Terry Turtle July 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Grand Central looks awesome! What a pity the cheesecake didn’t live up to your hopes! I look forward to you continuing on your quest for the best cheesecake out there – hopefully it’s face plantable!

    • Heidi July 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

      haha thanks Terry x

  • msihua July 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    First of all, welcome home! Second of all, thank you for sharing your journey in real time 🙂

    • Heidi July 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

      Thanks for the welcome home x

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  • Gabrielle July 10, 2013 at 5:05 am

    If you are still in the city head up to the Two Little Red Hens bakery on 86th and 2nd. They have the most delicious cheesecake (as well as yummy pies), its is leaps and bounds above the Junior’s cheesecake.

    • Heidi July 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      oooh I WISH! I was certain there would be some outstanding slices in the city. Next time 😉 thanks for the recommendation! x