RE: Manhattan Cheesecake
As a Manhattanite, I make a distinction between "regular" cheesecake, cream cheese cake and Italian cheesecake. Sometimes I prefer the Italian version, which is more grainy and "rough" but hen it has more texture than the "smooth" kind. You can get it in good Italian bekeries (try Bleecker St.or Ferrara's on Grand St. in Little Italy). I'm not a fan of the "flavored" kinds. I'd rather just put some fresh fruit on top.