At the recently opened Landbrot Bakery, they offer both Cheesecake and German Cheesecake ($5.25) on any given day. The latter is the one you want. It's noticeably light, akin to an Italian ricotta cheesecake baked atop a sweet dough crust. There's a hint of vanilla in every creamy bite—rich but not overwhelming. The best part? That crumble crust. It's exactly like what you find on the top half of a classic New York crumb cake, down to the crunchy, buttery bits of cinnamon and brown sugar. I'm not sure why they named it a German Cheesecake when this is clearly a cultural mish-mash (and a successful one at that). But that's just a small quibble easily satisfied after that first forkful.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.