Cheesecake: Ferrara Bakery

Date: 1/1/2017

Borough: Manhattan

Address: 195 Grand Street

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What we ordered: 

  • New York Strawberry Cheesecake (would recommend)
  • Mini Cannoli
  • Lobster Tail pastry (would recommend)
  • Almond Biscotti
  • Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Cost (post-tax, pre-tip): $15.45

The scores:

Ratings (1-10) Rob Missy
Taste 8 8.25
Presentation 7 7
Setting 7 7.5
Value 7 6.5
Overall 7.75 7.75

Ryan comments:

It was a little difficult to navigate the giant stroller through the roped-off bakery line. Ryan slept the entire time, but we were in and out since we bought everything to go so we won’t give her an official score here.

Ryan’s Report Card (1-10): N/A

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General Comments:

Ferrara Bakery has been a Little Italy institution since 1892 and is very popular among tourists for obvious reasons. They’re probably most well-known for their cannoli but we came for their cheesecake.

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They do offer table service but we got all of our goodies to go. It was New Year’s Day (night) and there were a lot of people here so we tried to get in and out as quickly as possible. The restaurant/cafe area was decked out all festive for the holidays:

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There was a line for takeaway but it moved fairly quickly. Here’s Ryan contemplating some gelato since it was a pretty mild first day of January:

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They have a ton of baked treats to choose from. They have a sign indicating that prices are slightly higher when eating in. The takeout line moves slowly, but when it came time for us to order, it felt a little rushed and the staff wasn’t completely helpful. For example, we asked for a slice of cheesecake and were told they were out when they clearly had a couple of options like strawberry and chocolate swirl. I think the guy meant that they were out of plain cheesecake but he could have made that a little clearer…

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Time to go home to sample the goods! Thankfully we had a good 20 minute walk to burn off some calories from dinner and work up an appetite for dessert.

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Here’s our stash. Check out how HUGE that lobster tail is. It was also much heftier than it looked.

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We’ll start with the main reason we came here, the cheesecake! We were hoping to try a slice of the plain New York-style but had to settle for the strawberry version…poor us! It wasn’t a very large slice, but it was very good. It was very rich and creamy like a good cheesecake should be. Rob liked the crust – Melissa isn’t a big crust fan but enjoyed this slice overall.

The lobster tail was $6, which seemed pretty expensive until we realized how heavy it was. Given its size it ended up being a fairly good value. Melissa had never heard of a lobster tail pastry before (also called a Sfogliatella), which is very thin layers of pastry dough filled with cream. It’s apparently very labor-intensive to make which probably justifies some of the price tag. Rob thought Ferrara’s version was delicious. Melissa doesn’t love puff pastry-type desserts so didn’t love the shell of this, but thought that the filling was great.

The cannoli and the biscotti were fine but nothing to write home about. A little surprising for the cannoli since that is what they’re most known for, but maybe the mini version doesn’t do it justice? We’ll just have to return some time to try it…

Overall this was a good way to cap off our epic day of eating on New Years, and we gave this fairly good scores of 7.5 and 7…we’re pretty easy to please when it comes to dessert! This spot would probably be recommended especially for tourists.

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