Best cheesecake in NYC
The 30-seat, blue-hued café is lined with gray banquettes and round tables facing the glass-encased treats on display, warmly lit by drop-down globe lights. While we love everything on the menu from their creamy soft-serve to their heavenly chocolate cake, the cheesecake stands on its own, hinted with vanilla and lemon zest in a dark chocolate crust.
Tel Aviv–trained baker Uri Scheft turns out a pitch-perfect cheesecake, sold by the pie only, in addition to his seed-studded challah, sourdough bread and famed chocolate babka. Find seasonal varities of cheesecake, as well as the occasional special of a cheescake-stuffed babka.
This Upper East Side bake shop offers three rotating varieties, which currently include plain New York, cherry and pumpkin. The fruity toppings, cream filling and sweet graham cracker crust are all made entirely in-house.
Since 1894, this East Village Italian bakery has been doling out biscotti, pastries, cannoli and, yes, deliciously creamy deep-dish cheesecake, enrichened with fresh ricotta and whole eggs.
Displayed alongside the cannoli and carrot cakes, the cheesecake slice at this Little Italy icon strikes the requisite balance of sour and sweet, adding Italian touches like ricotta and candied citrus peels into the mix.
The cheesecake at this Italian bake shop run by Italians is distinguished by the lack of crust. In its absence, focus directs back to the sweet, fluffy creamy filling.
Sure, the from-scratch pies are the namesake of this Hell’s Kitchen bakeshop, but its New York cheesecake is nothing to shrug at. A golden graham-cracker crust is topped with a dense yet fluffy crumb whipped with fresh cream cheese and sweetened with vanilla.
Head to College Point, Queens, where this takeout counter offers cheesecakes in both miniature and full-size forms. The tried-and-true recipe calls for a chewy sponge cake crust to nestle the silky smooth cream cheese core.
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Bold flavors take center stage at this Greenpoint joint serving everything from tacos to rice bowls to craft cocktails. Let’s start with a drink: You might go for a signature cocktail like the First Things First with mezcal, Jägermeister, coffee and agave or the Sorry Dave with pineapple rum, chile liqueur, lime, mango, banana and bitters (both $12). Snack on tacos filled with al pastor and ancho salsa ($9 for two, $13 for three) and fried shrimp with cumin-preserved lemon aioli ($10 for two, $14.50 for three) or go for something heartier, like chicken tinga nachos ($14) or a burrito filled with kimchi, seared mushrooms, steak, rice and ginger-soy aioli ($13). Stop by at brunch to try the breakfast burrito ($13) or breakfast taco ($9) with a mezcal Bloody Mary ($12).
Venue says Because tacos, cocktails, and mezcal are always a Good Move