Sugar Rush: Baby Watson Cheesecake from D'Aiuto's Pastry Corporation
Right across from Penn Station, D'Aiuto's Pastry Corporation has that old-timey New York facade that makes you want it to be good. Unfortunately, the danishes, fritters, pies, and Italian ices (during the summer) all kind of suck. The Baby Watson cheesecakes however, good. Maybe not worth missing your train good, but good.
Crustless, this one is pretty intense on the creamy meter. Thankfully it's still light—somewhere between a pudding and mousse. Our Michele Humes brought home cake leftovers recently: "I ate an inch of it for breakfast every day for the next seven days. By day five, it was hardening on the outside so I'd just scoop out the cheesy innards with a spoon." So, apparently the shelf life is good too.
Order ranging sizes ahead of time, or just grab one of the 7-inch round cakes ($14) in the fridge if they're not sold-out. Until Valentine's Day they'll have smaller heart-shaped cheesecakes (less than half the size) for $7.95. "The bigger one is a much better deal." The cashier wasn't afraid to un-glorify the sentimental shape.
D'Aiuto's Pastry Corporation
873 8th Avenue, New York NY 10019 (map)