By: Dale King Contributing Writer
Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery at 409 Plaza Real in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park has just added “The New Yorker,” a Gotham-sized milkshake/cheesecake combo, to its menu.
“The New Yorker” is a strawberry shake rimmed with vanilla frosting and graham crackers and topped with an entire slice of Junior’s strawberry cheesecake and whipped cream. The shareable shake is available for $15.95.
“This is such a fun way to bring a little slice of New York to our home in Boca Raton,” said Alan Rosen, president of Junior’s.
The third-generation owner brought Junior’s to Boca in 2016 because his father, Walter, son of founder, Harry, owned a home in Delray Beach that Alan frequented. “Boca is like a sixth borough of New York, so where else should Junior’s be than where everybody knows us?” Alan asked.
Harry Rosen opened the Enduro Restaurant/Nightclub in Brooklyn in 1929. In the late ‘40s, he replaced it with “a new palace of a restaurant” and called it Junior’s, for his two sons, Marvin and Walter.
When Junior’s came to Mizner Park, it didn’t take long for Boca to discover its vintage ‘50s setting, classic tunes, orange décor and a mural that serves as an ode to Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Diners who visit Junior’s get a complimentary setup of cole slaw, pickles and beets while they pore over the menu. Patrons can order classic favorites, from matzoh ball soup to a Reuben sandwich.
The restaurant crew also whips up chicken parmigiana, barbecued baby back ribs, Hungarian beef goulash, sirloin steak and fish and chips, among other delicacies. Rosen acknowledges more than 200 menu items.
Chef Steven Gertner’s new pastrami-smoked salmon salad is a must. As for Rosen, cheese blintzes are a tasty route to take. Junior’s is promoting its breakfast menu, with specialties including French toast, Rosen’s fave, cheese blintzes with strawberry sauce and smoked salmon benedict, to name a few.
Customer Jill Pavlov enjoyed a mouth-watering “Something Different” sandwich – and loved it. “Where else can you get brisket on top of two potato pancakes?” she said. “The sandwich is so unbelievably epic. Here, you go big or you go home.”
Her friend, Steve McBrayer, commented: “This is not your grandpa’s New York deli.”
Most patrons stop at the bakery for a taste of one of Junior’s award-winning cheesecakes, available by the cake or slice.
Other draws at Junior’s include:
- Happy Hour from 3-7 daily; half off all cocktails, including premium liquor brands, and half off all appetizers.
- Mondays are “Most Fabulous Wine & Dine” with wine by the bottle at 50 percent off with the purchase of an entrée.
- Tuesday is ‘Most Fabulous Burger Night’ when the original 10-ounce steak burger is just $7.
- Friday nights are “Party on the Patio” featuring a DJ from 8 to closing.
Takeout is also available. For information, call 561-672-7301 or visit juniorscheesecake.com.