Back in October 2013 in Dina’s Guide to NYC Italian Bakeries on my blog, I declared that Pasticceria Rocco on Bleecker Street in the West Village had the best New York-style cheesecake in the city. Four years later, do they still? I decided to compare theirs to Veniero’s for a West Village/East Village cheesecake challenge.
On a recent trip to Rocco’s, I got a slice as well as some taralli for the road. I love the creaminess of this cheesecake. In my book, it has the perfect consistency that I look for in cheesecake. In addition, it has the right amount of sweetness, which is not too much.
For the first time, I tried Veniero’s cheesecake. Veniero’s is located on E. 11th Street in the East Village. A nice creamy texture and good flavor, not too sweet. A serious contender, but for me, Rocco’s has a little something extra that makes it keep top spot on my list.
Of course, you can do your own cheesecake taste test and see which old world Italian bakery makes the best cheesecake to you.
Posted in Bakery, Cake, Cheese, Italian, New York
Tagged cheesecake, East Village, New York cheesecake, New York-style cheesecake, NY cheesecake, NY-style cheesecake, Pasticceria Rocco, Rocco, Veniero, Veniero's, West Village
I’m watching actress Jennifer Esposito on Good Day NY. She opened a new bakery on E. 10th Street in the East Village, Jennifer’s Way. She has celiac disease and created baked goods that are healthy. She uses quinoa and teff flour in her breads, cookies and muffins so that there is nutritional value to them. She also says she works in her bakery doing the baking and cleaning. Pretty cool! I don’t have celiac disease, but I’d like to try her baked goods.
Happy 4th of July! Celebrate the Fourth with some ice cream!
July is National Ice Cream Month, so I’m doing a Sweets Week with a focus on frozen treats like ice cream and frozen yogurt.
Sundaes and Cones is one of my favorite ice cream shops in the city. It got its start in Bay Ridge and opened its East Village outpost in 2006. There are many standard ice cream flavors, as well as flavors inspired by Asian cuisine, like green tea, lychee, wasabi, corn, ginger, black sesame, taro, Thai tea and more. They also make custom ice cream cakes. I do have favorite flavors here–corn, Thai tea and taro, pictured below.
Verdict: Well, I just told you this was one of my favorite ice cream shops, so of course, I like it! The ice cream is very creamy and smooth, and I love the unique flavors.
Posted in Asian, Ice Cream, New York
Tagged Asian, black sesame, corn, East Village, ginger, green tea, ice cream, July, lychee, National Ice Cream Month, Sundaes and Cones, taro, Thai tea, wasabi
East Village Eats 2012, Saturday, October 27, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., East Village, Manhattan: Tasting tour of the East Village, including Hecho & Dumbo + Salón Hecho, Wechsler’s Currywurst, Veselka Bowery, Jun Mum, Hot Kitchen, Oaxaca Taqueria, Spot Dessert Bar and Poco. There’s also a happy hour with drink specials. Tickets are $60.
The First Annual Gastroball Costume Party, Sunday, October 28, 2012, 7 p.m., Williamsburg, Brooklyn: This costume party is a fun foodie take on Halloween. Dress in a food-related costume and compete for prizes for GastroBall King & Queen, Best Food Costume, Best Beverage Costume, Best Chef Costume, Best Restaurant Costume, Best Dish Costume, Best Edible Costume, Best of Brooklyn Costume and Best ‘Ruth Bourdain’ Mashup Costume. Costumes are required to attend. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds benefit The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Classrooms in the Kitchen program.
Yes, ice cream is a popular topic on my blog because I love it! I love iced treats in all forms–ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt…(am I the only one who remembers ice milk?). Recently, I went to one of my favorite ice cream shops in the city, Sundaes and Cones, in the East Village, with a hankering for my favorite flavor there–corn. I got that along with ginger and Thai tea. What a delight! One was better than the other, but my favorite is still corn!
ginger, corn and Thai tea ice cream
In addition to old favorites, I love giving new places a try. While in Little Italy for San Gennaro, I stepped into Mo Gelato, a new gelateria. Of course, gelato is better for you than ice cream, so I was being healthy when I got a double scoop (in a cup, mind you). Cherry and mascarpone flavors. Both were out of this world. The mascarpone was so creamy, but the cherry was the showstopper. Also creamy, it just had the perfect cherry flavor and a tiny bit of a crunch. L’arte del Gelato finally has some competition.
mascarpone and cherry gelato
Posted in Gelato, Ice Cream, Italian, New York
Tagged cherry, corn, East Village, gelato, ginger, ice cream, Little Italy, mascarpone, Mo Gelato, New York, Sundaes and Cones, Thai tea