Lady of Grand’s Pick: 40 Years of Eileen’s Special Cheesecake [VIDEO]
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Eileen’s Special Cheesecake came from “very humble beginnings.” Eileen’s mother passed away from breast cancer at age 49 and left her the recipe for this special dessert. She then started making the dessert alone to help her through the mourning process. The very first customer was a deli in Queens. 17 Cleveland Place was no-man’s land 40 years ago when she took the space and now it’s chock full of tourists. However, they are redesigning the whole cluttered space in a few weeks.
This cheesecake has a Russian Jewish background and only uses cream cheese. Not as Eater’s Siestsma “suspected” in his cheesecake roundup HERE. I’m not really sure why they didn’t just ask…isn’t research what they are getting paid for??
Her daughter Holly works in kitchen and they are both so sweet. My favorite is the classic plain cheesecake, no need for any fancy toppings.
“Cheesecake has provided a sweet life for me.”–Eileen
Here is a quick video I made while taste-testing all the cheesecake with Josh Beckerman, aka the Foodie Magician. (Music by Dean Martin-Let Me Go Lover)