New York cheesecake ranks among Gotham’s most iconic foods, on par with New York pizza and the city’s best bagels. While it’s not hard to find a decent slice at your garden-variety bakery, the city’s best cheesecake includes a classic wedge in Downtown Brooklyn to an Italian-accented rendition in Little Italy.
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Best cheesecake in NYC
The storied slice at Harry Rosen's 65-year-old Downtown Brooklyn mainstay has become synonymous with the New York–style cheesecake itself. Made with humble Philadelphia cream cheese and a sponge cake base, each round is lovingly mixed and baked by hand to this day. $6.50 for a slice
Eileen Avezzano started slinging her namesake cheesecakes in 1975, using a traditional New York recipe passed down from her mother. Now at her award Nolita storefront, there are over 20 flavors ranging from blueberry to kahlua and dulce de leche. $3.75 for a mini-cake, $13 for a 6" pie
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. Slice for $5, whole cheesecake for $34.
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Maizal Restaurant & Tequila Bar
With another bustling location in Staten Island, Maizal is certainly succeeding in its quest to bring authentic Mexican cuisine and insanely delicious margaritas to New York’s outer boroughs. The Astoria cafe’s ambiance, all clean lines and exposed brick, mirrors the menu, where handpicked tequilas complement top-quality seafood, steaks and other tasty south-of-the-border fare. Drop by during its generous weekday happy hour for perfectly poured $7 Cassica Margaritas or throw in an extra dollar for the addictively spicy jalapeño margarita, prepared to your liking and topped with a slice of bright green pepper.
Venue says: “Experience a unique Mexican dining experience in Astoria! Fresh cocktails, tequila tastings, and authentic food.”