Omg we love cheese. Also, OMG we love cake.
So whomever the genius wizard responsible for combining the two might be, we bow to them. We honor. We praise. We exalt.
And, because we’re feeling so generous today, we figured we’d share some of our favorite houses of worship with you. Behold, here are 10 of the yummiest cheesecakes we’ve encountered in New York City. Praise be!
Original Strawberry at Eileen’s Special Cheesecake (17 Cleveland Place)
Just how special is Eileen’s Special Cheesecake? So special it landed a spot on this list, as well as a spot in the hearts of the millions who have been eating it for the past 35 years.
The cheesecake is fluffy, light, and outstanding. The strawberries are fresh and plump. And the combination of the two is basically heaven.
They bake, they deliver, they ship — heck, they do it all. The one thing they don’t do? Disappoint.
Peanut Butter Cheesecake at Martha’s Country Bakery (263 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn)
This place is so delicious, it’s borderline criminal. The kitchen sink cookie should be arrested, and the apple strudel deserves the chair. But the cheesecake? The cheesecake should be exiled.
From their kitchen. Into your mouth.
Try the peanut butter cheesecake. Why? Because we said so. Unless you have a nut allergy. Why?
Because that could be fatal.
Vegan Cheesecake at Blossom (187 9th Avenue)
It’s vegan. It’s delicious. And it’s named after one of the 90’s greatest and most beloved sitcoms.
Ok, that last one might not be true — but two out of three ain’t bad!
Sink your teeth into this yumminess that’s made with a coconut cookie crust and topped with a mixed berry reduction. It’s creamy and crunchy and will not make you long for a real cheesecake. Also, you’ll die.
And by die we mean live!
Plain Cheesecake at Two Little Red Hens (1652 2nd Avenue)
This place. THIS PLACE. Where to begin? It’s simply divine. The cheesecake delights in every way. The crust is crunchy and the cake is so creamy it’s like butter.
If butter tasted like sweet, sweet victory.
Bonus: Their lemon chess custard pie is also something you should consider. And by consider, we mean buy them in bulk and thank us later.
Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake at Junior’s Restaurant and Bakery (386 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn)
This is a New York institution, and you may need to rethink your priorities if you miss out on a slice.
The original Junior’s, founded by Harry Rosen, opened on Flatbush Avenue in 1950, but has since opened several other locations around the country. They’ve got everything from classic cheesecake to Boston cream pie cheesecake.
Boston. Cream. Pie. Cheesecake.
Let that sink in. To your body. Via your pie hole.
Marble Cheesecake at La Cheesecake (126-06 14th Avenue, Queens)
Another must! Known for their light and airy cheesecakes, the marble concoction is a particular favorite.
Go for the cheesecake, stay for more cheesecake. Some options need to be ordered in advance, so don’t blow it. Keep in mind they ask each customer to sing “lalala cheesecake” while they’re eating, so warm up those vocals before entering.
We’re kidding, but they did ask us to stop singing “lalala cheesecake” once.
Heavenly Cheesecake at Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery (28 Greenwich Avenue)
If you ever get the opportunity, as Chef Umber Ahmad for an autograph.
Her bakery offers one of the yummiest cheesecakes in town — with an optional crunchy, rich chocolate crust — that is called Heavenly and fulfills its prophecy.
So, basically, if you don’t go here you should probably be reevaluating your life choices.
And by probably we mean definitely.
Classic NY Cheesecake at Petee’s Pie Company (61 Delancey St)
It’s cream cheese-y. It’s lemon-y. It’s vanilla-y. It’s Petee!
They’ve perfected the flavor balance, and they’ve nailed the texture balance. The crust is made with organic flour and grass-fed butter, so you know it’s fresh as hell.
Head on over there and buy a pie. Stick a fork in it and put it in your mouth. Continue said procedure until your pie is no longer. Savor the moments, and then savor the memories. Instructions not included.
Cheesecake Rice Pudding at Rice To Riches (37 Spring Street)