Cheesecakes Galore and More
Junior's, a Brooklyn institution since it opened on Flatbush Avenue in 1950, is one of the largest family-owned restaurants in the country and serves more than 4,000 customers a day. But ask most people why Junior's is famous and they'll give you a one-word answer: cheesecake! Of course, Junior's does much more than serve that famous cheesecake for decades it's been home away from home for Brooklyn regulars, and it feels just as homey to tourists visiting for the first time.
In Welcome to Junior's! Walter and Marvin Rosen, proprietors and sons of founder Harry Rosen, share homestyle recipes, snapshots, and memories from this culinary landmark, interwoven with a decade-by-decade history of happenings in Brooklyn from the 1930s to today. The more than 100 recipes reflect the melting pot of comfort food that is the Junior's menu: Onion Rings, Griddle Cakes, Mac and Cheese Pie, Hungarian Beef Goulash with Egg Noodles, Big Meatballs with Spaghetti, Homemade Cheese Blintzes, Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat, Mile-High Hot Fudge Sundae, and, of course, Junior's Famous No. 1 Pure Cream Cheesecake. This is a sweetly nostalgic look at a borough whose mythical allure includes everything from the Dodgers to Coney Island, but the recipes themselves are what make the book so much fun. Next time you have a craving for real meat loaf, old-fashioned chicken salad, rice pudding, or any other staple of restaurant fare from decades past, Welcome to Junior's! will have you traveling back in time with ease.