In early 2009 Cody tagged along with me on a work trip to New York City. While I took care of business during the day, Cody would wandered around the city on a mission to find the best pizza as well as the best cheesecake. At the end of each day he’d report back his findings, by the time we left he still hadn’t found THE one of either. Sadly his quest was foiled on the last day due to terrible weather, long lines and an early closing time.
Last fall we were back in NYC again — me for work, Cody to eat. One evening we headed to the upper east side for a particular shop when Cody realized his surroundings seemed familiar. “This, this is the place I walked to when it rained to get that cheesecake but it was closed. Do you think we could find it?”
Find it we did, we were only three blocks away. It was tucked in a little line of shops hidden by massive construction on the new subway, if you weren’t looking for it on purpose you would miss it. Cody got his cheesecake and he even shared a bit with me.
We had found it.
I didn’t even have to taste the other contenders to know that this was the one.
It felt like our little secret, we had this magical place that only we could find, and it seemed as though we were the only ones who knew about it. Even talking to lifelong New Yorkers, while some of them had heard of it, they had never actually had cheesecake from Two Little Red Hens bakery. On my last trip to New York I said “screw the slice” and bought an entire cheesecake just for myself.
How I failed to include it in my list of the best foods worth traveling to, I’ll never know. Perhaps because it was so beyond perfect.
On my way back home from another trip I noticed a sign on the jet bridge:
Looks like someone else had his own little cheesecake quest and stumbled onto the secret.
What’s your best kept food secret?
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