Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

CLAUDETTE, 24 Fifth Avenue (at 8th Street), Greenwich Village

There is such a thing as a cursed space in New York. There are certain storefronts that just can’t seem to contain a restaurant – maybe the rents are too hire or the location is undesirable or it’s just a restaurant curse. Every once in a while a restaurant beats the curse: I think Mighty Quinn’s in the East Village is here to stay. And I think Claudette is well on its way to being a permanent (or at least long-term) resident at 24 Fifth Avenue.

Although this building (which is just blocks from Washington Square Park) was the home to the popular wine-restaurant Cru for close to 6 years, no other tenant in recent memory has been able to stick it out. The over-hyped Lotus of Siam came and went and previous to Cru, no restaurant managed to stay in business for very long.

Lately when I walk by the newest resident, Claudette (a French-Morroccan hotspot from the owners of Rosemary’s) it’s jam packed with fashionable diners who have no interest in letting the curse live on.

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My search for the best cheesecake in New York begins….

JUNIOR'S, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension (at Dekalb Avenue), Downtown Brooklyn

I could have chosen many NY-centric dishes for my next food journey, but I quickly decided on the classic cheesecake. And it’s not because I wanted to put on some weight for the summer. No, it’s really because I had never been to Junior’s and if I didn’t go soon, I might never have the chance.

News broke earlier this year that the downtown Brooklyn building that houses the 64-year old institution has been sold. That means in the coming months, Junior’s will close (or move elsewhere) and some high-end clothing store or fast food chain will probably take its place.

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