Last time we were in New York, I made my list of traditional New York foods I wanted to try. It consisted of corned beef on rye, pizza, bagels and cheesecake. I was able to knock the first two off at the iconic locations of Katz’s Deli and Lombardi’s respectively. My bagel search was stymied by the fact it was Saturday. And while Ashley had identified a great little place that ranked highly among the locals for cheesecake, we didn’t have time to get there.
On this trip, as luck you’ll have it, our Saturday activities took us right past Two Little Red Hens, the bakery Ashley had found. When I looked at her, she could sense the excitement and agreed to deviate off the course just slightly to check it out. We made our way into the small cramped space with a few little tables for those enjoying a cup of coffee, and made our way to the display case near the back. There were signs indicating that their selection was low due to the effects of the Hurricane on employees ability to get to work. But there, in an almost empty case were two pieces of the New York style cheesecake I was after. Conveniently, in the other display case was Ashley’s favorite; Brooklyn Blackout Cake in cupcake form. We made our selections, and headed back out with them in hand.
For the next six hours we bar hopped our way rough the Upper East Side, enjoying time with family and friends. That little white box followed us to each stop, but somehow we refrained from opening it (and forgetting it!) until we finally made it back to our friends’ place in Brooklyn. There, I opened the box, took a fork and sunk it into the cheesecake. The first bite was so light and so creamy and so delicious. It was a taste that just melted on my tongue. Not overly sweet and not overly tart. The flavors worked in perfect harmony, the creaminess just amazing, and the graham cracker crust added a slight crunch which really rounded out each and every bite. I’m not a cheesecake connoisseur, but this ranks at the top of my cheesecake list. It didn’t need any extra toppings or flavors or anything like that. It was just perfect.
As for the Brooklyn Blackout cake, was offered a bite, and I have to say, it wasn’t that bad. For a chocolate lover, I’m sure it would be getting a review like the cheesecake. It was about four different types of chocolate, surprisingly light, and surprisingly less rich than I would have guessed. Ashley seemed to thoroughly enjoy it, and that’s a win in my book.
After we both finished our desserts the next day (we wanted to savor them a little), she said that it was dangerous because this might now have to be a regular New York stop. And to be honest, I’m just fine with that.