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The best cheesecake in NYC

The best cheesecake in NYC includes classic slices and new variations from the city’s primo pastry shops

By Jake Cohen, Christina Izzo and Time Out New York contributors

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

Veniero's Pasticceria and Caffe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Grace N.

1. Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe

Restaurants Bakeries East Village

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.

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Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Alan T.

2. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake

Restaurants Nolita

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. Junior’s Restaurant

Restaurants American Park Slope

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. 

Photograph: Courtesy Mah Ze Dahr

4. Mah-Ze-Dahr

Restaurants Bakeries West Village

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.

Keki Modern Cakes
Photograph: Courtesy Keki Modern Cakes

5. Keki Modern Cakes

Restaurants Chinatown

A Japanese cheesecake spot that arrived in New York back in 2017. Today, it continues to churn out playful shapes (like a heart-shaped cheesecake for Valentine's Day), Halloween versions and, of course, its gorgeous purple sweet potato version. 

La Cheesecake
Photograph: Courtesy La Cheesecake

6. La Cheesecake

Restaurants Queens

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. 

Cheesecake at Breads Bakery
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

7. Breads Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Union Square

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.

Two Little Red Hens
Photograph: Courtesy Two Little Red Hens

8. Two Little Red Hens

Restaurants Bakeries Upper East Side

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. 

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tameeka B.

9. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe

Restaurants Italian Little Italy

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. 

Pasticceria Rocco
Photograph: Courtesy Pasticceria Rocco

10. Pasticceria Rocco

Restaurants West Village

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.

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