Sweet, creamy, fattening—it’s the ultimate diet breaker. But it’s one of those desserts that’s probably only for special occasions, even if that special occasion is just a really intense self-care day. Here are the top seven cheesecake makers in the whole city:
7. Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe
If you prefer Italian-style cheesecake, you should head over to Veniero’s. Their Sicilian cheesecake is perfectly crumbly and mild. If you prefer New York style, you can still get a great slice here.
6. S & S Cheesecake
Tucked in a residential neighborhood up in the Bronx, this old-school kosher bakery makes the best cheesecake in the boroughs. If you can’t make it all the way up there, it’s sold by the slice at some restaurants, including Peter Luger.
Junior’s cheesecake is world famous. Allegedly, the cheesecake sits for 48 hours before being sold, so it gets extra soft and develops a particularly pungent flavor.
4. Lady M Confections
Lady M’s delicate Gateau Fromage is a fluffy, soft cheesecake built atop a shortbread cookie crust. It’s cheesecake with class.
3. Martha’s Country Bakery
Martha’s cheesecake is creamy and decadent. You can order a plain slice, or try a funky flavor like Missippi Mud or Lemon Coconut. You can’t go wrong.
2. Two Little Red Hens
Two Little Red Hens was on our list of the best bakeries in NYC, and their cheesecake is so top notch that they deserve to be highlighted again. It’s sweet but not too sweet, and has a perfectly brown top and crust.
1. Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Eileen’s, quite literally, takes the cake. Their cheesecake is a hybrid between the sweet, dense New York style and the light, mild Italian style. They also make over 25 different flavors, including salted caramel, peanut butter, and chocolate bourbon. Try the personal mini option for the perfect cheesecake bite!
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