Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City
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.
My search for the best cheesecake in New York begins….
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.