While discussing past first dates, the Gossip Girl star confessed she has a thing for the eatery, saying it's the one place she would go if she went on a first date now.
There, and to Grand Lux.
"It's not fancy in price or menu," Blake told New York Magazine about the Cheesecake Factory-owned comfort food spot. "There's just a lot more gold leafing. Cheesecake Factory is great. It should have Michelin stars."
Since Cheesecake Factory isn't exactly convenient when Blake is in New York City (the closest one is in New Jersey), the actress revealed what she feasts on when she grabs a bite to eat in the Big Apple.
"Pearl Oyster Bar, it's too good," Blake said. "I can't stop going there. Scallinatella, an Italian place uptown that's downstairs – someone has to refer you what items to get on the menu. It's amazing. I get stuck in my rut. Patsy's, but the one on 118th? That oven, it's the original. And when you go in and see New York firefighters and cops, a line of 30 of them every time? It's the best pizza in the city."
Her love for food runs in her family, with Blake saying "eating" is a family tradition.
"There's a lot of baking in the house," Blake said of her holiday food plans. "What's nice about the holidays is my mom cooks a lot. I really want to start learning her recipes, because it's something you take for granted your whole life, that your mom does that, and then you forget to learn it. Like my granny's biscuits. My brother learned to make them ... and then one day, she wasn't there any more. But she is there - every time we make our biscuits, she's there."
And that tradition includes a serious love for cookies.
"We mostly survive off cookies. Double chocolate, chocolate cream cheese, chocolate pecan, peanut-butter chocolate, peanut-butter cookies, oatmeal, sugar cookies. We make just a huge vat of dough, of about eight different kinds, and then we are done in a few days and have to make another batch."
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