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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At this sprawling brasserie, looks matter. Rotisserie chickens spin in a giant hearth; the curved, glass-enclosed kitchen demands attention; and streamlined light fixtures create a clubby feel. Chef Franck Deletrain’s menu is heavy on surf and turf for the expense-account crowd. Nods to Morocco include a just-sweet-enough chicken b’steeya with a hint of orange-flower water and garnished with spiced candied almonds. Raw-bar choices are popular, as are meaty crab cakes and the butter topped filet mignon. Many of the showy desserts are crowned with arabesques of spun sugar. A more casual meal is available at the moodier adjoining Beer Bar.
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