Junior’s Cheesecake


So, I recently read a Thrillist article, “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Junior’s Cheesecake“, and thought, well, I know one thing…I haven’t had it yet! And after reading the article, I was pretty impressed with some of the facts. I even almost forgot about when Diddy had his reality show band walk to Brooklyn to get him a slice. So, I figured, it was probably due time to get a slice of my own. Luckily, I didn’t have to walk to Brooklyn to get it, I could just visit the shop they have at Grand Central


Event though they’re famous for their cheesecake, they also serve food in their restaurant and offer a variety of baked goods. But let’s be real, I’m here for the cheesecake. I also saw that Junior’s had a throw down with Eileen’s, which I’ve visited before, and…Junior’s won. Time to taste test for myself.


I ordered their Plain Cheesecake. Holy Cow, who’s milk makes the cream cheese that makes the cheesecake. This is certainly a legit piece of cheesecake. It’s a bit dense, but, it’s rich and creamy and velvety soft. It’s perfectly sweet with this great vanilla flavor that presents itself. I also really like the bottom, they use a spongy cake, contrary to many cheesecakes with a graham crust, because, as they put it, it’s a cake, not a pie. 

The Shorts:
Name: Junior’s Cheesecake
Location: Grand Central, Main Concourse, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Uhh…yeah. Hell, I might even walk to the Brooklyn Store for it after all. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. And if you can’t make it to NYC, you can order them online


Eli Zabar


When you think of old school, classic New York, you might think of delis and bakeries. Well, decades later, Eli Zabar is still a staple in Manhattan with more cheeses, meats and snacks than ever. With a few locations in NYC, you’ll be sure to find one, or, you can go to Grand Central, which I did as part of my Grand Central Tour


Since I’m a bakery connoisseur (at least I’d like to think so), I had to go that route and focus on all of the treats they had to offer. Now, they have a wide variety of things from fresh baked breads, to pastries, to cakes, so, it was a little tricky for me to even decide. But, my eyes finally settled on something I don’t usually see in most places.


I got their Hazelnut Meringue Shell. Although its about the size of my hand, it’s light as can be. I’ve made my own meringues before, but none as festive and decadent as this one. It’s light, and the meringue itself melts in your mouth, but the flavor is rich with caramel woven throughout and pieces of hazelnut folded in. 

The Shorts:
Name: Eli Zabar
Location: Grand Central Market (43rd Street and Lexington Avenue), NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, way too many things to try. Or, to just get another one of their Meringue Shells (they have a few other flavors). 
Would I recommend it? Yes, a New York staple for sure.