No matter what kind of diet you’re on, everyone can use a cheat day once in a while! Especially when it comes to one of New York’s most iconic desserts…some good old fashion cheese cake! With it’s warm and creamy interior to it’s delicious crust, finding the best slice of this NYC staple is rather easy here in the city. To make it a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the best places to find some nostalgic and flavor-packed cheesecake in NYC. So if you stumble across one of these spots, stop in for a quick slice. You won’t regret it!
1. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake, NoLita
As the name suggests, if you’re looking for very special cheesecake in NYC, Eileen’s Special Cheesecake delivers. With all handmade cheesecakes crafted fresh daily, you’re promised a product equal parts delicious as it is pretty! The cakes here come in splashes of bright colors and chocolate swirls, with offerings of fresh fruit galore to give every bite a bit of extra flavor. They typically come in 6″ and 10″ sizes, and they are even selling special Valentine’s Day heart shaped cheesecakes too for the holiday!
Where: 17 Cleveland Pl
2. Junior’s Restaurant, Midtown + Brooklyn
Proud host to the “World’s Most Fabulous Cheesecake,” Junior’s Restaurant quite literally serves one of the most iconic slices in all of NYC. We of course suggest order their classic Original NY Plain Cheesecake (because it’s just so good), but they have tons of options, including Raspberry Swirl, Apple Crumb, and Little Fellas, bite-size delights that give you a smaller portion of cheesecake goodness.
Midtown – 1515 Broadway (45th St)
Midtown – 1626 Broadway (49th St)
Brooklyn – 386 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
3. Veniero’s, East Village
It’s no shock that Veniero’s cheesecakes are some of the freshest in the entire city. Made from ingredients that are delivered fresh daily, every bite of the famous strawberry cheesecake has a garden-to-table immediacy that’s sure to refresh your body and soul. This place offers way more than cheesecakes too. With over 200 varieties of desserts here, like biscotti, pastries, cannolis, and more, you’re sure to find at least a few flavors to fall in love with!
Where: 342 E 11th St
4. Pinklady Cheese Tart, Chinatown
If you’re looking for a rather unique take on a cheesecake-style dish, Pinklady Cheese Tart offers a lighter treat. Made from an oozy cheese mousse with three types of rich cheese and cream, these Japanese-style snacks condense the flavor of cheesecake into a yummy bite-size package! I mean come on…look how pretty they look! We suggest stopping here after trying out one of Chinatown’s restaurants.
Where: 11 Mott St
5. Mia’s Bakery, DUMBO
With locations in Brooklyn and Times Square, Mia’s Bakery has not one, but two of the best cheesecake spots in NYC! Flavors here span eight mouth-watering types, including everything from Apple and Pecan varieties to juicy, fruity types like Blueberry, Cherry and Strawberry varieties. Plus, they of course sell the NY Classic cheesecake as well as our favorites, the Caramel and Oreo styles.
Brooklyn – 139 Smith St, Brooklyn
Times Square – 716 7th Ave
6. Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo
Dominique Ansel Bakery is one of our favorite spots for many things, including hot chocolate and also…cheesecake! Their Triple Cheese Cheesecake, which is utterly mouthwatering, is a refreshing delight made with silky cream cheese, mascarpone, and crème fraîche, almond crumble, and almond biscuit. If you stop in their SoHo shop, pick up a cake and stay a while to be mesmerized by the array signature desserts and pastries on show.
Where: 189 Spring St
7. Little Pie Company, Midtown West
Little Pie Company serves only one kind of cheesecake, but it’s incredibly rich in flavor. The specialty New York Cheesecake is made with fresh cream cheese, pure vanilla, a golden graham cracker crust, and served with fresh fruit or fruit glaze. If you want a classic slice, we recommend this. Or even order online as they ship everywhere!
Where: 424 W 43rd St
8. Spot Dessert Bar, East Village & Flushing
With a seasonal menu offering specialty cheesecakes at special times of the year, Spot Dessert Bar is where you may spot some of the best Cheesecake in NYC at the right time. Their summer menu, for one, offers a passionfruit cheesecake that you won’t find anywhere else. Or their signature item, The Harvest, also features cheesecake, alongside the beautifully-blended flavors of berries, oreo crumbs, and earl grey milk tea for an extra splash of sweetness.
East Village – 13 St Marks Pl
Flushing – 39-16 Prince St, Queens
9. Lady M Cake Boutique, Multiple Locations
With a unique twist on cheesecake making, Lady M’s cakes take format in mille crêpes style, which entails 20+ layers of creamy goodness stacked in order to make the full cake. These gourmet creations range in special flavors as well, spanning from Green Tea Mille Crêpes to Pistachio Mille Crêpes. Seriously, these cheesecakes are art and the flavors are extraordinary.
Where: Find your location here
10. Little Cupcake Bakeshop, Multiple Locations
Every dessert you can possibly imagine can be found at this cute bakeshop chain around NYC. From cupcakes and cookies, to delicious cheesecake, the options are plentiful! Their cheescake flavors include Original, Blueberry, Raspberry White Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Tiramisu, Caramel Pecan, and Pumpkin Spice (fall only). Their sweets are made with love, and are even approved by celebrities like Taylor Swift and Leonardo DiCaprio!
SoHo – 30 Prince St
Bay Ridge – 9102 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
Prospect Heights – 598 Vanderbilt Ave
11. Keki Modern Cakes, Chinatown & Midtown
Specializing in Japanese-style cheesecakes, these fluffy and bouncy desserts are light and silky in texture and will melt in your mouth! Made with locally sourced fresh ingredients, their cheesecakes feature Organic Grass Fed Milk, Amish Cream Cheese, and Organic Free-Range Eggs, insuring they’re some of the best of the best. Of course they have the OG NY flavor, but are favorite lies in the “Strawberry Fancy” or the “Cookie N Cream Fancy.”
Chinatown – 79 Mott St
Midtown – 315 5th Ave (btwn 5th & Madison Ave)