Where to Find the Best Cheesecakes in New York City

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20 April 2018

Once the New Yorker has had their fill of bagels and pizza, only another classic New York food will hit the spot. From traditional versions to Japanese and French interpretations, nothing satisfies the local’s sweet tooth like cheesecake. Lactose-interolerant readers needn’t continue: here are the best cheesecakes in New York City.

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Bakery, American, $$$
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New Yorkers have been sweet on Eileen’s Special Cheesecake since the 1970s, when Eileen Avezzano sold her first of many traditional New York cheesecakes. Today, the Nolita kitchen churns out more than 20 flavors, including Mandarin Orange and Kahlua, in addition to Avezzano’s classic recipe.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Bakery, Ice Cream Parlour, Pastelaria, French, Contemporary, $$$
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Even the creator behind trendy treats like the cronut can’t resist this New York classic. Predictably, however, the Cotton Soft cheesecake at Dominque Ansel Bakery is, well, unpredictable: whipped whole-milk ricotta is spread atop a moist almond sponge before being torched. The result? A lighter cheesecake begging for its crème brûlée-like coating to be cracked.

Two Little Red Hens

Bakery, American, $$$
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Cheesecake is among the selection at Two Little Red Hens, known as a go to destination for cakes and pies.
Cheesecake is among the selections at Two Little Red Hens, known as a go-to destination for cakes and pies | © NatalyaBond / Shutterstock

The Upper East Side’s Two Little Red Hens may be an American bakery, but its cheesecakes are pure New York. Classic, cherry, and pumpkin flavors keep things simple, while thoughtful touches such as a housemade toasted graham cracker crust and strong sour notes prevent tradition from tasting tired.

Junior’s

Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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Junior’s is a New York City staple for a reason, or rather, two reasons: Philadelphia cream cheese and sponge cake. These are the humble main ingredients of the beloved cheesecake at this Downtown Brooklyn mainstay, where rounds are still hand-mixed and baked daily like they were 68 years ago.

Keki Modern Cakes

Bakery, Japanese, $$$
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Cheesecake connoisseurs can attest to the unique deliciousness of Japanese cheesecake. However, it doesn’t take an expert to explain the popularity of Keki Modern Cakes’ Bouncy Cheesecake. Local organic milk, Amish cream cheese, and organic free-range eggs are combined in this recipe from Osaka, Japan to create an airy, silky cheesecake that’s as good to play with as it is to eat.

S&S Cheesecake

Bakery, American, $$$
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Even self-proclaimed Manhattan lifers leave the island when an S&S Cheesecake craving strikes. With their fluffy sponge crust and browned edges, these all-cream cheesecakes are worth the trip to this residential area of the Bronx. Tip: you can also snag an S&S slice (or two) at local restaurants including Peter Luger.