New York City is famous for their New York Cheesecakes worldwide. Basically there are two versions you will run into while in New York City. The first is made with cream cheese and is referred to as a New York Style cheesecake. The second version is called an Italian cheesecake which is made with ricotta cheese and tend to be a bit drier and cheesier tasting. Despite the names both originated from immigrant neighborhoods in New York City. See: 10 Best Foods Originated in New York City
10 Best Cheesecakes in New York City
10. Strip House Steakhouse. 13 East 12th Street, Greenwich Village. An ultimate monster cheesecake to share with the whole table. This massive statue can feed a village. It is enormous, we kid you not, but it’s also quite a delicious masterpiece. Few people get the chance to engorge in this divine dessert after their steak dinner, so make sure you leave room for this NY cheesecake. See: NYC’s 10 Best Steakhouses
9. Jean Danet Pastry. 7526 5th Avenue, Brooklyn. Pat Giura, owner since the late 90s and graduate of the French Culinary Institute, uses the original recipes from this french pastry shop which opened over 40 years ago. Offers assorted fruit, plain, and chocolate cheesecakes. A cafe and NY pizza oven was recently added by Giura. Free Wi-Fi available. See: NYC’s 10 Best Free Wi-Fi Hotspots
8. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake. 17 Cleveland Place, Nolita, Manhattan. Based on her mother’s recipe, Eileen has been selling her cheesecakes for 35 years. Her NY cheesecake has been featured on NYC Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay‘s show on Food Network and you can order it online at www.eileenscheesecake.com. Offers a wide variety of flavors from their unique lighter NY cheesecake recipe.
7. ChikaLicious. 203 East 10th Street, between 1st & 2nd Avenues, East Village. A small dessert bar specializing in pastries and cakes. Sometimes there are long lines, so I would wait and go on an off day when it is not so crowded. For me, dessert is less satisfying if I need to wait an hour to eat it. The s’mores cupcakes and triple chocolate cupcakes are excellent as well. See: 10 Best Cupcake Shops in New York City
6. Mona Lisa Pastry Shoppe & Cafe. 1476 86th Street, 86th & 15th Streets, Brooklyn. From a long family of bakers, the owners of this Brooklyn pastry shop make traditional NY cheesecakes using cream cheese and Italian cheesecakes with Ricotta cheese. My favorite NY cheesecake is the roasted hazelnut cheesecake from Mona Lisas. Mona Lisa also handmakes breads, cookies, cakes, and other pastries. For something new, try their Pizza Rustica, a type of thick pizza pie cooked with meats and cheeses, only available during major holidays. See: NYC’s 10 Best NY Pizzas