Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Zara R.
Want to know where to try the best cheesecake in Times Square? Take a look at this article.
It’s no secret that cheesecake is one of the most beloved desserts around the world. However, did you know that it dates back to the ancient Greek and Roman empires? Today we will walk a little further into the past to learn more about this rich and creamy dessert, but we are also going to guide you to the best cheesecake in Times Square. Are you ready? Fasten your seat belts, and let the new adventure begin.
What Exactly Is A Cheesecake?
Seems like a ridiculous question? Well, when you think about it, it is not quite like that. Watch out for this, technically a cheesecake is actually a pie or custard, not a cake. Surprised? So did I when I realized it.
How to describe this super delicious dessert other than the best thing in the world? In short, it consists of a single flat layer of crust made of crumbled graham crackers, cookies, and in some cases even pastry, then a layer of creamy sweetened cheese such as ricotta, mascarpone, cottage or cream cheese and a topping of different frozen or fresh fruit and/or syrups. All these ingredients together result in a creamy, dense, and, heavenly smooth taste.
Finally, it is important to note that each cheesecake is different in that some must be baked, while on the other hand, no-bake varieties are set in the refrigerator.
Based on some research, it is assumed that the first “cheesecake” may have originated on the Greek island of Samos. The oldest were made from basic ingredients that every kitchen had, namely fresh cheese, flour, wheat, and honey. This was the case until the 18th century, when European chefs thought of adding beaten eggs to the recipe instead of yeast, creating a modern dessert whose popularity continues to this day.
Also, we mustn’t forget to mention that cream cheese was an American addition to the cake, nobody else’s.
What Makes New York Cheesecake Different From The Rest?
At first, only passionate fans of this creamy dessert will know that there are clear boundaries between traditional, New York, and any other cheesecake. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t become one of them.
So, in order to be able to fully understand the difference between all possible types of cheesecake, you need to have a good understanding of the main basic ingredients used – simple as that. In short, the “cheese” part of the dessert consists of cream cheese (obligatory), whole eggs, and egg yolks. However, let’s note that some other ingredients can be added to it, but they will directly affect the modification of taste, texture, and consistency, which is actually their purpose.
When it comes to New York-style cheesecake, the secret is in the heavy cream or sour cream. It is added to create a denser, smoother, and creamier texture. Also, chefs prefer to use a springform pan, as it is known for its properties of baking evenly at a fairly high temperature without burning.
After describing what the dessert looks like and roughly trying to convey its taste, we will now tell you a few sentences about the best cheesecake in Times Square. So, if you are in the mood for a new adventure (trust us, after reading this article, you will probably already lace up your shoes and head for it) keep reading.
Best Cheesecake In Times Square
Let’s go into details!
Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake
If you ever find yourself with a sweet tooth, the best thing to do is call a cab and say the following words: “please take me to the most delicious cheesecake NYC Times Square”, trust me they will take you to Junior’s Restaurant & Cheesecake.
Here’s a fun fact to start with. Did you know that Sex & the City was filmed in this very restaurant?
Since the 1950s, Junior’s has been famous for extremely tasty food, good ambiance, great service, and, of course, the *chef’s kiss* cheesecake. What we especially appreciate is the fact that each of their cheesecakes is actually handmade in small batches in New York and made with Philadelphia cream cheese.
For all those who would like to try the best cheesecake in NYC Times Square, but in the Italian style, we recommend not skipping Sardi’s. Although widely known by its current name, did you know that this Broadway’s longest-running show was originally called The Little Restaurant?
What is important to say is that this place is actually a kind of institution for theater-goers, as it specializes in dinners before and after theater performances. Although the menu offers a dozen dessert options, such as creme brulee, peach pannacotta, or chocolate mousse, I heartily suggest that you leave some room for the best cheesecake in NYC Times Square. Trust me, you won’t regret it. This perfection literally melts in your mouth!
If you are looking for a place where you can enjoy the best cheesecake in Times Square with the sounds of the greatest rock, jazz, and blues artists in the world, look no further than The Iridium.
The place is great for escaping from boring everyday life where you can avail of live music seven days a week, as well as an excellent gastronomic experience. Try to imagine yourself eating the dessert of a lifetime while some of the most legendary jazz artists of all time perform just steps away. The atmosphere is so cozy that you may feel as if you are in your own living room.
Now that you have read all this, I guess I don’t have to tell you what my favorite Times Square dessert is. But what about you, have you found your best cheesecake in Times Square? If so, don’t hesitate to tell us more in the comments section below. Our taste buds are eager to try new flavors.