Strawberry Blonde Cheesecakes Have More Fun, Especially at The Brooklyn Diner

I almost forgot to mention that after the Indian meal and after the reading Patty and I went for coffee and dessert at The Brooklyn Diner. You know my parents really like The Brooklyn Diner: it’s on 57th Street and the food there is really good, I gotta say. Plus the service is really attentive, the decor is kitschy and my brother got a picture with Tony Bennet there once.

We were seated next to a girl who was eating by herself reading a City Opera program. Reading the dessert menu, our attention went immediately to the strawberry blonde cheesecake—because it was in a box and it said FAMOUS and had a quote from Gael Greene in New York magazine saying “it’s worth a month on the treadmill.”

So here it is, with Patty pouring on the chocolate sauce:

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You know I have a theory about cheesecake. It goes something like this: Adam’s Theory About Cheesecake. Cheesecake can only be so good. I love cheesecake, but if one were to graph the effort one can put into a cheesecake and the way it pays off in taste and flavor, you would see that at a certain point no matter how much additional effort you apply it’s going to taste just as good as the good cheesecake you could make without that extra effort. Because good cheesecake is light and rich and fluffy—and you do those things in the assembly, by beating it properly and baking it properly. If you bake it in a water bath that makes it more satiny. But beyond that, again, it can only be so good.

Ok, ok, your theory sucks. How was this one? I liked it. Patty and I gobbled it up. The girl next to us eyed it over her opera program. We threw a fork at her. It was a lovely evening.

4 comments

  1. This is a comment that has nothing to do with ‘Strawberry Blonde Cheesecakes Have More Fun, Especially at The Brooklyn Diner’ or any other recent topic. By chance, I just came across Adam’s Amazon Book Reviews:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A6OA3FWC9LOXZ/ref=cm_pdp_reviews_see_all/103-8909742-4455046

    If you like Adam’s writing style, do take a few minutes to read these. they are pure Adam, if a little more serious than the Amateur Gourmet. If AG reads this, thanks for the reviews AR.

  2. Hey! I’ve eaten at The Brooklyn Diner! Sure, about 3? 4? years ago it was, but still I’ve Dined Where Adam Has Dined. Or, strictly speaking, Deserted. (For that matter, I Breakfasted, if we want to get all picky and technical about the details.) Considering that I live hundreds of miles from NYC and considering that there are 18 restaurants for every man, woman, and child in NYC (a statistic I just this moment invented)–what I’m saying is, what are the odds? I’m downright giddy.

  3. I adore that photo of Patty. Her hand is so demurely at her chest as she pours from the jug of chocolate. How very ladylike!

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