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NYC Cheesecake: Rocco’s vs. Veniero’s

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.

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Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

I’m going to do a Sweets Week, since we kicked off the week with Italian bakeries. So this week’s Two for Tuesday is ice cream. I can’t believe I haven’t written about my favorite ice cream shop yet. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has the creamiest, yummiest ice cream in NYC. They also have a wide variety of standard American flavors like strawberry cheesecake and Oreo, but my favorites are the Asian flavors like ginger, black sesame, red bean, taro, lychee, pandan and even durian!

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In the picture above, I have my favorite flavor on the bottom, almond cookie, followed by taro and red bean.  Yum!  While Chinatown ice cream is a classic, having been in NYC for 28 years, there are always new ice cream places popping up.

Davey’s Ice Cream is a new ice cream shop in the East Village.  A very cute shop, Davey’s has a limited menu of ice cream, but the staff is super friendly and very enthusiastic about the ice cream.  I got vanilla and sweet corn.  I was hoping it would be more creamy than it was, but the vanilla had a very pure vanilla flavor.  I am also a fan of corn ice cream, and I guess I was expecting it to be more like the corn flavor at Sundaes and Cones, a flavor I love.  However, it tasted more like the buttered popcorn jellybean from Jelly Belly, with caramel swirls.

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Jennifer’s Way

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.

Sweets Week: Day 4: Sundaes and Cones

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.

Sundaes and Cones

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.

Weekend Whets

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.

Two for Tuesday: Ice Cream

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