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The 11 Best Cheesecake Spots in NYC

Sam Tracy | November 10, 2020 | Food & Drink

Best Cheesecake in NYC

Alongside pizza and bagels, no food is more synonymous with New York than cheesecake. The sweet treat of smooth ricotta (or cream cheese), fresh eggs and a crumbly crust is enjoying a revival in popularity as countless restaurants bring the traditional dessert back on their menus.

The dessert is one of New York’s greatest, and countless eateries claim to offer the crѐme de la crѐme, but only a few have the chops to call themselves "New York's best." We’ve rounded up a list of the Big Apple’s finest cheesecakes, from traditional old-school Italian style to avant-garde renditions of the dessert and everything in between.

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Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

This Nolita storefront began serving delicious cheesecakes in 1975. Today, Eileen's churns out more than 20 flavors, including blueberry and Kahlua. Family is at the heart of this women-owned bakery. Daughters Holly Maloney and Bonnie Ponte carry on founder Eileen Avenzzano's legacy, honoring her affection for the confection by using the same secret family recipe Eileen started with more than 40 years ago - and why wouldn't they? Eileen’s Special Cheesecake was named “Best Cheesecakes in America” last year by Food & Wine Magazine.

17 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY; Website

Two Little Red Hens

Fancying a sugar fix on the Upper East Side? Dive into a sweet cream filling and graham cracker crust at Two Little Red Hens. The bakery offers three rotating varieties which currently include vanilla, pumpkin and cherry. The housemade, toasted graham cracker crust and subtle sour notes make their traditional New York cheesecake stand out from the rest.

1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY; Website

Junior’s

This NYC staple has been whipping up New York-style cheesecake for 70 years, and fans still can’t get enough. Located in Downtown Brooklyn, Junior’s is a mainstay for two reasons: smooth Philadelphia cream cheese and fluffy sponge cake. The storied restaurant teems with nostalgic charm, from vintage branding to neon lights. Each cake is still hand-mixed and baked daily, just as they were on opening day.

386 Flatbush Ave Ext, Brooklyn, NY; Website

S&S Cheesecake

Don't sleep on this Bronx dessert staple. Zagat rated S&S the top cheesecake in the city back in 2005, claiming that "if they gave a Nobel prize for cheesecake," this spot would take the cake (pun intended).

222 W 238th St, The Bronx, NY 10463; Website

Keki Modern Cakes

For a new take, Keki Modern Cakes mixes the traditional American version with the fluffy, jiggly Japanese cheesecake. Owner Moul Kim reimagines the dessert with a fresh recipe that incorporates Amish cream cheese, mascarpone, local organic milk and organic free-range eggs to make an airy, silky cheesecake that’s just as fun to play with as it is to eat. It’s a delicious and incredibly-fluffy update on a New York classic.

79 Mott St, New York, NY; Website

Pasticceria Rocco

Pasticceria Rocco bakes a dessert just like Nonna used to make. Recipes have been passed down in the family for generations, but the world-renowned Italian bakeshop is distinguished by its cakes' lack of crust. No crust means more room for creamy filling in the oh-so-fresh ricotta dessert.

243 Bleecker St #4438, New York, NY; Website

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Peacefood Cafe

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Vegans, rejoice! This plant-based cafe uses a special recipe for a traditional fluffy cheesecake, skipping the eggs and dairy without skipping out on any of the flavor. Cheesecake connoisseurs can choose between the delectable strawberry and creamy peanut butter varieties, with no added karmic debt.

460 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY; Website

Mah-Ze-Dahr

This upscale bakery offers high-quality ingredients such as pure Madagascar vanilla bean paste and rich sour cream. Each silky smooth bite is accented with a pleasant touch of lemon oil and a crunchy crust of cocoa cookie. Want a bite of the award-winning cheesecake outside of NYC? They ship!

28 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY; Website

Veniero’s Pasticceria

Tucked away on a tree-lined East Village street, this Italian bakery has pleased palates since 1894. The fan favorite sits in a traditional glass display alongside fresh pastries, biscotti and cannoli. Veniero bakes innovative and mouthwatering varieties, from strawberry to oreo, chocolate mousse or pumpkin, a seasonal best seller. The bakeshop offers flavors in a New York style cream cheese base, and traditional Italian cheesecake with fresh ricotta and whole eggs.

342 E 11th St, New York, NY; Website

Magnolia Bakery

Alongside its famously delicious cupcakes, Magnolia offers equally delicious and creamy cheesecakes. Touted as “cheesecake to die for” by various reviewers and cheesecake fans alike, the bakery uses fresh cream cheese for its silky smooth filling, layered on top of a cookie crumb crust. Their velvety cakes come in ten different varieties including caramel pecan, vanilla bean, german chocolate and pistachio. Nationwide shipping is available for out-of-towners, too.

401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York, NY

200 Columbus Avenue at 69th Street, New York, NY

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Chikalicious Dessert Bar

Rounding out our list is the Fromage Blanc Island cheesecake unlike any you’ve tried before. Served on a bed of ice and topped with heavy cream, its presentation is as astounding as its flavor. Light, airy and well balanced with a sweet to sour flavor ratio, the delectable dessert was even featured on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Head to the East Village for this sugary-sweet bite of fluffy heaven.

201-203 E 10th St, New York, NY; Website



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