New York City has been blessed with yet another chain restaurant to turn our beloved metropolis into the suburban, mall-scaped wasteland we’ve always wanted it to be.
Today, Cheesecake Factory officially makes its high-calorie mark on Gotham, opening its first-ever location within city limits at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. The California-based chain is probably best known for its sprawling 250-item menu and notoriously enormous portions. But its signature foodstuff is, of course, cheesecake -- more than 30 kinds, in fact.
It’s a bold move, coming to NYC, where cheesecake is more iconic than even the unstoppable Cronut®. Cheesecake Factory spokesperson Alethea Rowe said the chain has been “eager” to make it to the Big Apple and compete with local cheesecake purveyors like Junior’s for years: “New York is an incredible, energetic city that’s known for great food, and we are excited to finally have a restaurant here!”
When many New Yorkers hear “great food,” their first thought is probably not White Chocolate Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake, much less other Cheesecake Factory staples, like Tex Mex Eggrolls or the infamous Louisiana Chicken Pasta -- a dish that has been ranked among the unhealthiest restaurant meals in the country.