Brooklyn has something of a reputation as an incubator for creative talent and eclectic eats. Sure, we’re all happy when an iconic Manhattan biz like Katz’s Deli or Russ & Daughters decides to cross the East River, but an even bigger trend at the moment is the national expansion of much-loved Brooklyn brands.

Junior’s Cheesecake — a true borough mainstay — has had outposts in Times Square and Grand Central for years. But the famous bakery and its mouth-watering desserts are making a big play for the national spotlight.