Eileen’s Cheesecakes

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Eileen’s Cheesecake will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on June 16th! Eileen has been in the same location (17 Cleveland Place) her entire career and remarked to us how much she has seen the neighborhood change.  Her cheesecakes have been rated the top cheesecake in New York from Zagat, Serious Eats, top food critics, and thousands of fans!  The most popular flavor you may ask…Eileen said the strawberry is definitely the winner.  We had the privilege to sample 12 different flavors while visiting Eileen.  Each one was incredible but our top three were the salted caramel brûlée, red velvet, and cookies & cream.  We don’t know what kind of magic Eileen puts into her recipe, but she knows what she is doing.  Her cheesecake is soft and super creamy.  It melts in your mouth like butter.  Beyond the taste and presentation of this famous dessert, Eileen is magic in her own right.  Keeping her business open through the changes in lower Manhattan over the years has not been easy as well as baking all these cheesecakes in such a small space.  From what we could tell she wouldn’t have it any other way.  She is proud and absolutely should be to celebrate 40 years of being New York City’s premier cheesecake; the dessert that New York is known for.  To celebrate this big anniversary Eileen will be unveiling a new flavor on June 16th, vanilla bean brûlée.  It sounds absolutely divine!


Dirty French


There’s a new “dirty” hotspot on the LES and it’s Dirty French.  Connected to the hip Ludlow Hotel, it’s ambience is definitely “cool.”  It was nice to grab a drink in the hotel lounge while waiting for our table (seated 30 min after reservation time….no rush in the laid back atmosphere).  The flat bread with ricotta cheese spread was heaven.  The dessert menu delighted me and after trying a few, their beignets won.  Finally, beignets in NYC that rival Cafe du Mont in Nola.  Dusted with powdered


The Fat Radish



The first time I dined at The Fat Radish on the LES was at my friend’s wedding reception.  She’d rented out the entire (quaint) restaurant and had family sized portions of their food delivered to each table.  This is when I fell in love with their kale caesar salad.  I’d been craving it for a long time so I went back this week for dinner. The ambience is trendy and cozy.  On their dessert menu were only a few options and both intriqued me. Housemade doughnuts with powdered sugar and seasonal jam.  WOW these were fresh out of the fryer! Warm and soft, oozing with Beth’s Farm Fresh lemon curd jam and dusted with


The New Spring Collection at Ladurée!



Ladurée always knows how to do it right.  Look at this beautiful new Spring assortment of treats!  They’ve delved in to a variety of more chocolates, including this milk chocolate hen filled with chocolate beads.  The almond and lemon-based pastry was delicate and delicious.  And, of course, their famous macarons.  These lemon passion fruit ones were refreshing and mad me think of a sunny day


Cupcakes by Carousel



Birthdays at a theatre (Something Rotten on Broadway) are always fun!  This is mainly due to the fact that I get to try all kinds of desserts!  A cast memeber that lives in NJ brought in his local cupcakes.  Cupcakes by Carousel is a mini version of a family owned cake business, Carousel Cakes.  They sell to over 700 restaurants in the tri-state area.  Cupcakes by Carousel offers mini versions of their famous cakes to the general sweet devotees.  I LOVED their Hostess cupcake look-alike!  The cakes is so soft, making it easy to


Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches!

 ice-cream-sandiwches-side-bar side-bar-ice-cream-sandwichesSide Bar down in Union Square serves a great dessert of three little ice cream sandwiches.  I got three different flavors because I wanted to try them all. Snickerdoodle cookies with cinnamon ice cream, red velvet cookies with vanilla ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream.  I liked all three flavors withe the snickerdoodle being my favorite.  All the cookies were nice and soft so


Chocolate Chip Cookie in a skillet!


At Boulton & Watt down in the east village they have a cookie on their dessert menu.  A chocolate chip cookie baked in its own skillet.  Need I say more? There is more though.  A cold glass of milk on the side that you can either pour into the skillet or drink after each bite.  This dessert is fantastic, the perfect All-American dessert!  It’s everything you want: big, warm, gooey, crunchy on the outside and cakey


Time Out & Openhouse present The MAC DADDY!


Alright desserters, listen up!  Before you dig into something sweet on Saturday get your tickets for THE MAC DADDY, an ultimate mac and cheese showdown!  Six of the top NYC restaurants will compete to be crowned the best mac and cheese in NYC!  This is sure to be the cheesiest competition in NYC.  The event is this Sunday, March 29th from 11-6pm.  It’s held at the Openhouse Gallery (201 Mulberry Street). Buy tickets HERE

Introducing Carla Hall Petite Cookies


We have always enjoyed Carla Hall way back to becoming a fan of hers when she competed on Top Chef.  Now a co-host of the popular TV series, The Chew, Carla is entertaining America every morning with fresh recipes and fun ideas in the kitchen.  We received a very special box in the mail filled with her new line of sweets and baked goods.  Wow! Everything and we mean everything was delicious!  Our absolute favorite was the salted caramel banana bread that was cut thick and super moist.  The top of the bread was trimmed in a salted caramel crust that alone could be its own dessert.  Carla’s magic bars were covered in shredded coconut and pilled high with nuts, chocolate, and her signature Black Forest Crinkle cookie dough.  The graham cracker crust on these bars was incredible, so buttery and thick with a nice crunch.  


Georgio’s Country Grill


Georgio’s Country Grill makes homemade pies so naturally I was intrigued to try a slice. I love pie. In fact apple and blueberry are my favorite flavors, a la mode of course! I especially love apple pie when there is a streusel topping and Georgio’s delivered. The pie was