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Eileen’s Cheesecake

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Having wandered through Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood numerous times, imagine the surprise when a small cheesecake shop was highlighted on an episode of Nat Geo’s “Street Food Around the World” and had no idea it was even there. Host Ishai Golan stepped into the shop and was introduced to a massive array of cheesecakes; a veritable cheesecake heaven.

Upon viewing that episode, had a trip to New York City coming up and tweeted about the chance to stop by and try it out. The big push was a tweet from Eileen’s Cheesecake (@eileensccnyc) offering some encouragement to visit.

Stepping in, it’s almost overwhelming, because one just doesn’t know where to start. Literally walked up to the glass case and stepped back to take in the view and make a mindful decision. The variety of flavors is endless; even with sugar-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.

Considering it was a first-time visit – an, apparently, long overdue one – had to have the plain cheesecake, a foundational direction. Sticking with a basic theme, went with the cookies-n-cream. The great concept with Eileen’s is they offer mini-cheesecakes in so many flavors, it allows visitors to get a nice sampling, rather than filling-up on one giant slice.

Both flavors were incredible. Light and creamy, the way a cheesecake should be. And with the term “New York Cheesecake” floating to all corners of the world, Eileen’s is a big part of helping build that reputation.

Without a doubt, next trip back to New York City, will have another sampling – determined to have a taste of each one someday.

Eileen’s Cheesecake once had a kiosk between the towers at the World Trade Center, following September 11th, Eileen’s used their Cleveland Place location to bake for rescue workers.

Eileen’s Cheesecake once had a kiosk between the towers at the World Trade Center, following September 11th, Eileen’s used their Cleveland Place location to bake for rescue workers.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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Carmine’s

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It’s been over a year and a half since living and working in New York City. Had the opportunity to catch a Broadway show with family; got tickets for “Rocky” at the Winter Garden Theater.

After the show, decided to dine at a classic spot, an old favorite, Carmine’s; one of the best known restaurants in New York City. An icon, known for delicious Italian cuisine served in large family-style portions.

Upon being seated, caught sight of one of the greatest draws of the place, the calamari.

Every previous visit to Carmine’s has been highlighted by the mountain of delicious, fried squid that leaves both a memorable sight and taste. Hot, fresh, crispy – all keys that make the calamari at Carmine’s so extraordinary. The huge appetizer is, typically, enough to satisfy one’s appetite, but the entrée offerings usually keep you craving more.

Carmine’s boasts locations throughout New York City, along with Atlantic City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Atlantis-Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Carmine’s boasts locations throughout New York City, along with Atlantic City, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Atlantis-Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Cinnamax

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Wandering down 5th Avenue in New York City, happened upon Madison Square Eats, a pop-up market featuring a variety of NYC’s culinary best. Walking south through the market, you end at a small Melt cart.

First opened in 2010, Melt has locations on Orchard Street, Chelsea Market, and the High Line. Melt is known for their array of impressive ice cream sandwiches.

After the arduous process of selecting just one, decided on one call the Cinnamax.

The Cinnamax is comprised of a generous serving of cinnamon ice cream between two snickerdoodles. The combination is nothing short of magical. The cookie is soft, but sturdy, and taking that first bite, it’s clearly not the plain old ice cream sandwich everybody is used to growing up.

The rich cinnamon sugar of the cookie is just enhanced by the tasty ice cream, an unforgettable experience – truly. And the Cinnamax is just one of several flavors they have to offer.

Melt offers a classic ice cream sandwich, but how can one decide when flavors like Cinnamax, Lovelet (Red Velvet Meltcakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream) and Morticia (Chocolate Cookies with Malted Chocolate Rum Ice Cream) are all on display.

Melt offers a classic ice cream sandwich, but how can one decide when flavors like Cinnamax, Lovelet (Red Velvet Meltcakes with Cream Cheese Ice Cream) and Morticia (Chocolate Cookies with Malted Chocolate Rum Ice Cream) are all on display.

Written by Paulo Loreto

June 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM