Classic Cherry Mini Cheesecakes; photo courtesy of 83 & Company, Syracuse
Unless you've been hibernating or living under a rock the last few weeks and months, you've probably heard that The Cheesecake Factory, a chain based in Calabasas Hills, CA, is opening a restaurant at Destiny USA in Syracuse.
Riley's: The menu at this North Side tavern changes daily and so does the dessert selection. Look for the section of the hand-lettered menu labeled "Brian's desserts.'' Offerings might include a pie, cake, tart, torte and/or cheesecake. The chocolate cheesecake, when they have it, is fabulous. And Riley's is not at all opposed to dessert sharing. Details: 312 Park St., Syracuse; 315-471-7111.
Bittersweet Wine Bar and Desserts: A restaurant where the primary focus is desserts - what's not to like about that? The temptations include a caramel brownie cheesecake - built on a brownie crust. Details: 121 W. Fayette St., Syracuse; 315-474-9463.
Man in the Moon Bake Shoppe and Cafe: How far would you drive for a most excellent cheesecake? Bestselling cheesecake cupcakes (a k a mini cheesecakes) at this charming bakery and cafe in King Ferry include Classic, Fresh Blueberry and Chambord Raspberry Swirl. Also on the menu: Black Forest, Oreo Explosion, Chocolate Nutella and more. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch and brunch and offers baked goods galore. Definitely worth the drive. Details: 982 State Route 34B and Route 90, King Ferry; 607-227-6863.