- 825 7th Avenue
- New York, NY 10019
- (212) 767-8343
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After picking up our tickets for The Late Show, we had to find someplace to kill time. It was raining and muggy so an indoor stop was definitely something we needed to find.
Earlier in the day, we ate dinner at the Carnegie Deli and wanted to try the cheesecake, but the sandwiches were too much for us. We passed on cheesecake there and I told J we would find a place to get a slice before the day was over.
On our way from the MTA station to the Ed Sullivan Theater, we passed Lindy’s on the corner of 7th and 53rd in Midtown West. Since it’s only a block or so from the theater, I suggested we head back and get that piece of cheesecake.
There are two Lindy’s locations in Manhattan. Neither are the original. The second location is farther down 7th at 32nd. The original store was on Broadway between 49th and 50th. That location closed down in 1959. The two new Lindy’s locations actually have very little to do with the two originals. The original owner closed the second store in 1969 and ten years later, a New York Restaurateur decided the name had fallen in to public domain and opened his restaurants using the famous moniker.
The building at the corner of 7th and 53rd is a rather large storefront. There is a patio, but on this day, it was pretty worthless. The rain was awful and we were looking to get out of it.
We entered the store to find a hostess station in the middle of the space. The decor is somewhat of a throwback. There are lots of bright colors, mostly red, and pictures of their food hanging through the area.
J and I were taken to a table in the corner. One side of the table was a plastic red bench seat. The other were chairs with the same red plastic coverings. Like most places in New York, we got a little sticker shock when we started looking at prices.
The first order of business was a drink. We had been running from rain and standing in line for the last hour or so and I needed a Pepsi. Their fountain pops were $5! But unlike most restaurants in New York, they offered free refills. Still, it’s a freakin fountain pop. That cost them like $.32 to fill my glass.
We both got Pepsi’s and then right for the cheesecake. We didn’t need much time to work over the menu. We just wanted cheesecake. I went with a plain old Lindy’s Famous “Original New York Cheesecake.” It was everything I had hoped it would be. I’m used to eating cheesecake with a graham cracker crust. Lindy’s is more of a cake like crust but it was still soft, spongy, and delicious.
J went a little more exciting and got the Brownie Cheesecake. It started with the same cheesecake that I got, but hers had chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, and little bits of brownies. She really liked it and even shared a little with me. The chocolate on the cheesecake did make a difference and she definitely got the better of the two slices.
Lindy’s is totally a tourist trap, but it did fulfill that cheesecake craving that we both had although it didn’t do it cheaply. The two pops and two slices of cheesecake set us back over $30. I’m ok paying $10 for a large slice of cheesecake, but I still have a problem with the price of drinks in Manhattan. I guess it’s something I’ll just have to deal with if I have to fill my Pepsi addiction.