No other sweet says “New Yawk” like the cheesecake. From light and smooth to heavy and thick, New York City style cheesecakes are baked into range of creamy textures. This holiday season, gift a hostess with one of these classic NYC cheesecakes or just enjoy a slice to yourself with a hot cocktail for a comforting end to any meal. By Sarah Shaker.
You can’t round up the city’s best cheesecakes without leading with Junior’s, a New York tradition for over 50 years. And since they ship across the country it’s a delicious way to share a bit of New York City love with family and friends this holiday season. Strawberry Swirl Designer Christmas Cheesecake is swirled with real strawberry puree, topped with red and green chips and wrapped with yellow chiffon cake on the sides with a Christmas tree pattern. Can’t choose a favorite flavor? Order a Holiday Mini Sampler featuring 18 of Junior’s signature varieties including Strawberry Swirl Christmas Cheesecake, Devils Food Cheesecake and Red Velvet Cheesecake.
Two Little Red Hens
Sky-high, smooth and slightly tart, the cheesecake at Two Little Red Hens has become a neighborhood and citywide favorite. This silky textured cake is surrounded by a buttery, crumbly graham cracker crust. This Upper East Side bakery is also known for their selection of pies, including the seasonal Pumpkin, Cherry Crumb and Chocolate Pecan.
For cheesecake with class, Lady M’s Gateau Fromage is the one to order. This fluffy, soft cheesecake with a hint of vanilla is built atop a crisp shortbread cookie crust. We can’t mention Lady M without also celebrating their signature Mille Crepe, layering twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes with a light pastry cream, finishing off this delicate dessert with a caramelized top layer.
Martha's Country Bakery
With locations in Astoria, Forest Hills and Bayside, Martha’s Country Bakery may just be Queens answer to their borough’s best slice of cheesecake. The seasonal standout is Apple Crumb, while 9 other flavors are available including a classic New York Style, Oreo, Peanut Butter and Red Velvet. This full bakery is always packed – especially the Astoria location – so be prepared to wait for a table or take your goodies to go.
Eileen's Special Cheesecake
With a loyal following since opening in the 1970’s, Eileen’s classic New York cheesecake is still just as sweet. They offer a wide variety of toppings from strawberry to cherry and a long list of flavors including Cookies-N-Cream, Amaretto, Pumpkin and Rocky Road. Eileen’s ships anywhere in the US and can accommodate many diets with low‐fat, sugar‐free, gluten‐free, and dairy-free cheesecakes made to order.
Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe
342 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
Italian cheesecake is a different animal. When you want to stray from the classic New York version, head over to Veniero’s. Their cheesecake is in the Sicilian style, which means it is ricotta-based. The result is a lumpier, crumbly confection that is not too sweet. If you wish to stay with the classic NY-style cheesecake, Veniero’s can easily accommodate you, and you won’t be disappointed by their creamy, sweet slice – or try it soaked in rum with cherries.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.