This V-day was a very special one. Not only did it fall on a Saturday so we had all day to show our love and appreciation to each other, but we were psyched to share our love in the presence of a free, beautiful Chocolate Ganache Heart Cheesecake from Junior’s Cheesecakes in Brooklyn. When I didn’t think our love could be any stronger, polishing off a huge chunk of this rich, decadent, delicious cake proved that we can make it through anything together. Even when I rolled around on the floor in “over-stuffed” agony and whined that I ate too much Junior’s, my man was there to sympathize with me, even offering to hold my hair back if I felt the need to vomit. What a guy… what a Valentines Day.
To be honest, we really don’t celebrate Valentines Day. But when we received an email to test-drive a Junior’s mail-order cheesecake, we rethought the whole “not-celebrating” thing. Not only was the cheesecake free, but it gave us a chance to tell you all about the legendary Brooklyn eatery, Junior’s, and to decide if its mail-order cakes are just as good as the one’s down the street from us.
When I wrote “legendary eatery” I was mainly talking about the various deserts Junior’s makes in house. This is what makes this places legendary. Juniors has been around since 1948 and in the 1950’s “after serious research and laboratory-like experimentation (the owners) hit upon the secret formula for Junior’s famous cheesecake.” Sounds a bit like how the atomic bomb was created to me. Anyways, I’ll let you click the high-res version of this picture if you care to learn more.
The thing that I like most about Juniors is that it’s still there. Brooklyn is quickly shaping up to become just like every other place on earth – trying too hard to have everything appear hip, trendy and new. I’m sure there’s an area near where you live just like this – where every shop tries to be trendy, every living space is deemed “luxury” and there’s a Starbucks on every corner. The old mom and pop shops are dwindling, the wonderful, vibrant corner bodega’s are being turned into cheesy-ass one-word stores called “Sip” (wine shop – get it). In New York City there is no such thing as middle-income earners anymore. In fact, low-income housing in our area was recently defined (don’t quote me on this) as someone making less than $80,000. That’s f-ed up to me. So to know that a place like Junior’s has weathered the “yuppiefication” of our great city makes me smile.
The cheesecake we received, which is the same mail-order kind you can get if you choose to order your own online was unbelievably delicious. It tasted as fresh as the slice of plain cheesecake we ate on Flatbush Ave. and DeKalb. The cheesecake was so good that it makes one wonder if the “secret formula” is crack because you just can’t stop at one bite. I highly recommend you check out Juniors here in Brooklyn. Don’t let the beautiful surroundings turn you off – dilapidated Fulton Street Mall, pawn shops galore, Applebee’s across the street and, my favorite, Mr. Fulton, a McDonald’s knock-off with a similar-shaped building and logo, is only a block ahead.
But if you can’t join us in Brooklyn and you’re hankering for a fabulous version of their cakes and pies, please do not hesitate to order your own, even if it’s not Valentines Day.