Junior's is a restaurant
A restaurant is an establishment which prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return for money. Meals are generally served and eaten on premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services...

 at the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension
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 and DeKalb Avenue
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 in the New York City borough
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 of Brooklyn
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 (386 Flatbush Avenue Extension). The restaurant also has an outlet inside Grand Central Terminal
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 in Midtown Manhattan
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, one in the Times Square
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 area, and one in the hotel lobby of MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut
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. The restaurant was founded by Harry Rosen in 1950. According to the restaurant, it was named Junior's after Rosen's two sons, Walter and Marvin. In 1982, Governor Mario Cuomo
Mario Cuomo
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 declared May 27 as Junior’s Restaurant Day.
According to GO Brooklyn, "At the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb avenues in Downtown Brooklyn, there has been a diner run by the Rosen family since 1929. In 1950, the name was changed to Junior's, and it has been serving its famous cheesecake
Cheesecake is a dessert consisting of a topping made of soft, fresh cheese, usually on a crust or base made from biscuit , pastry or sponge cake. They may be baked or unbaked...

 and other goodies ever since. The interior of Junior's was modernized in 1983 after a major fire in the restaurant. The diner was featured in the Brooklyn Public Library's children's book of Brooklyn landmarks, "Brooklyn Pops Up."

Rosen worked with master baker, Eigel Peterson, on the Rosen family's recipe to create the cheesecake known today as "The World's Most Fabulous Cheesecake" based on a recipe that was in the Rosen family for three generations.

In 1981, when the restaurant caught on fire, a crowd of people watching the firefighters started chanting "Save the Cheesecake!" However, the fan base is not limited to Brooklynites. A Kuwaiti prince was known to have taken several Junior's cheesecakes back with him. The delight of critics, the cakes have been sold nationwide through various outlets, including the television shopping network, QVC
QVC is a multinational corporation specializing in televised home shopping. Founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania, United States, QVC broadcasts in five countries as QVC US, QVC UK, QVC Germany, QVC Japan and – QVC Italy to 200 million households...

. In 2010, Junior's defeated fellow New York City cheesecake shop Eileen's Special on an episode of Food Feuds as Michael Symon
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Michael D. Symon is a James Beard Foundation Award-winning American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and author. He is seen regularly on Food Network on shows such as Iron Chef America, Food Feuds, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, as well as Cook Like an Iron Chef on the Cooking Channel...

's choice for best cheesecake in New York City.

In the 2003 Making the Band
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 2 Season Two, "Da Band
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-Career:During the preliminary period 40,000 participants tried out for a spot in the group but Diddy narrowed it down to six artists. For several weeks the group was subjected to vigorous and sometime demeaning tasks, including walking from midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn to purchase a Junior's...

" was assigned to walk to Brooklyn and get a slice of cheesecake from Junior's for Sean P. Diddy Combs. They also filmed their single "Tonight" from their 2003 album "Too Hot for TV
Too Hot for TV
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" in front of the restaurant.

In addition to cheesecake, Junior's features deli sandwiches (particularly corned beef and pastrami), ten ounce steakburgers, cheese blintz
A blin, blintze, or blintz is a thin pancake. It is somewhat similar to a crêpe with the main difference being that yeast may be used in blini, but not in crêpes.-Etymology, origins, culture :...

es, and unique onion rings.

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