Times Square, NY
Review by SuSu
There are actually many styles of cheesecake, the most famous being gelatine-based refrigerator pies or ricotta-based Italian-style baked doorstops. New York's is a Jewish style, dense, sweet, creamy, cream-cheese based cake with a baked, rather than cracker- or cookie-crumbed base. Lindy's makes a superlative one. And, what's better, the "fruit toppings" are not placed on the cake until it's ordered -- you order a slice, the pie-filling type topping is spooned on like a sauce, so you don't get that nasty coloring leaching into your perfect slice of cheesecake.
They do make good strudel, and the crust is not phyllo pastry. Though the Greek-origin pastry is perfectly adequate (and better and MUCH EASIER than from scratch) for most home cooking efforts, it's not really the same thing. Real strudel dough is very thin, stretchy and frangible, rather than shatteringly brittle. Lindy's uses real strudel dough, and though I pity the person who makes it, I'm eternally grateful for their efforts!
By the way, they do make decent burgers, sandwiches, etc. Their fries, I suspect, are cooked in beef fat, or some other high-molecular weight lipid, maybe Crisco. They are awesomely good and crispy. Also great blintzes -- they are properly pan-fried and smallish (two bites each). They aren't deep-fried like many other blintzes, and can be savory, to be eaten as a meal, or sweet.
By the way, Nathan Detroit (played by Frank Sinatra in the movie version), couldn't get Sky Masterson (played by Marlon Brando) to take that bet, in any case. Go have a slice of cheesecake, then go rent the DVD to figure out which bet Masterson DID take.
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