RICH & DECADENT, THIS IS A DESSERT UNLIKE ANY OTHER
If you’re in the mood for a rich, luxurious dessert, cheesecake is about as good as it gets. Sweet, creamy, and silky smooth, it’s perfect as-is but also lends itself to countless flavors and toppings from strawberries to pumpkin spice. And if you’re looking to indulge in America’s best cheesecake or send one as a gift, a wide variety of wildly delicious cheesecakes are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly.
What we think of as “cheesecake” is in fact New York-style cheesecake, which is made by combining cream cheese with eggs, sugar, vanilla, cream or sour cream, and sometimes a little flour and lemon and gently cooking it in a water bath until set. The crust is usually on the bottom, and is generally made with crushed graham crackers. This classic recipe is found throughout the New York area at everywhere from diners to Jewish delis to high-end steakhouses, and it’s made its way nationwide.
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There are many other types of cheesecake out there, however. There’s Italian cheesecake, like NYC’s acclaimed Ferrara Bakery, which is made with ricotta. There’s Spanish burnt Basque cheesecake, like the one made by renowned chef José Andrés, which is baked at a high temperature so the top gets deeply browned. And then there’s Japanese cheesecake, which is light, fluffy, and bouncy, the opposite of its American cousin. Many other countries and regions also put their own spin on cheesecake, including Germany, France, and Switzerland.
What is the Best Cheesecake in the US?
There’s no one cheesecake that’s widely regarded as the very best in America, simply because it’s so ubiquitous at this point; it’s like asking what the best apple pie in America is. However, it’s widely regarded that the best cheesecake in America can be found in Chicago, where it’s more firm on the outside and softer, creamier, and fluffier on the inside; and in New York, where it’s more dense and rich throughout.
What New York Restaurant is Famous for its Cheesecake?
If one New York restaurant is the most famous for its cheesecake, it has to be Junior’s. Founded on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn in the 1950s, it’s a Jewish deli that’s still going strong to this day. Not only do they sell whole cheesecakes in a wide variety of flavors, just about every table orders a slice.
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Junior’s Original Cheesecake
New York’s most legendary cheesecake, Junior’s offers a wide variety of cheesecake flavors from strawberry to Key lime pie to red velvet, for for purists the Original Plain Cheesecake is the way to go. It’s essentially perfect, and it also differentiates itself by eschewing the traditional graham cracker crust in favor of a layer of sponge cake at the bottom.
Elle’s Belles Bakery Montana Huckleberry Cheesecake
Elle’s Belles bakery was conceived in 2003 in founder Elle Fine’s hometown of Bozeman, Montana, and today it’s one of the most renowned bakeries in the state. This Huckleberry Cheesecake features a layer of creamy Montana huckleberry cheesecake topped with huckleberry preserves and another layer of vanilla cheesecake dotted with fresh huckleberries and a huckleberry compote.
Veniero’s Famous New York Cheesecake
More than 125 years since its opening, Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffé is still owned by the Veniero family, and it’s a true New York City landmark. It’s one of New York’s only remaining old-world Italian bakeries, and many of the original recipes are still in use to this day. Their classic New York style cheesecake is rich, creamy, and insanely delicious.
Little Grace Bakery’s Basque Burnt Cheesecake
Founded by Grace Street in the heart of Manhattan in 2020, Little Grace Bakery specializes in what the New York Times dubbed one of the hottest flavors of 2021: Basque burnt cheesecakes. A cross between a classic New York-style cheesecake and a Japanese-style soufflé cheesecake, these crustless, gluten-free cheesecakes originated in the Basque town of San Sebastián, Spain, in the 1990s. They’re cooked at a very high heat, which creates a deeply caramelized top while keeping the interior soft and creamy.
Eli’s Cheesecake Company Cheesecake Sampler
After debuting his cheesecake at the Taste of Chicago in 1980, Eli’s Cheesecake Company was quickly declared the home of Chicago’s best cheesecake. Each Eli’s cheesecake is slow baked in small batches with the finest local ingredients, and because there are so many flavors available, this Cheesecake Sampler is the best way to try them all: it features four slices each of Eli’s all-time favorite cheesecakes — Original Plain, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry, and Candy Bar made with Heath® Toffee Bars.
Honey Cheesecakes’ Peach Crumble Cheesecake
You might think you know cheesecake, but you’ve never seen cheesecakes like these! At Honey Cheesecakes, chef/owner Lazar Oglesby is putting a distinctly Southern twist on this classic NYC dessert, working with local Georgia producers to showcase local ingredients. Her signature Peach Crumble Cheesecake is swirled with fresh Georgia peaches, and it’s topped with a buttery crumble.
East Side Cheesecakes’ Bourbon Caramel Blondie Cheesecake
Ooey, gooey, and chewy, this five pound Bourbon Caramel Blondie Cheesecake is dripping from top to bottom with East Side’s signature Tipsy Bourbon Caramel Sauce. Their classic cheesecake (made with homemade buttermilk cream cheese) is layered between two thick browned butter butterscotch blondies injected with caramel sauce, and topped off with even more caramel sauce!
Oasis Cafe’s Nutella Cheesecake
Mike Amvros emigrated from Greece to the borough of Queens, New York, in 1975, and 11 years later he opened his first business, Oasis Cafe. Since then, the bakery has become a cornerstone of the community with a wide array of Greek and classic American desserts. Their Nutella Cheesecake is decadent, creamy, silky smooth, and full of Nutella flavor.
Flour Bakery’s Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake
Widely regarded as one of the very best bakeries in America, Boston’s iconic Flour Bakery + Cafe is the creation of legendary pastry chef Joanne Chang. Her array of wildly delicious desserts quickly attracted a loyal following from the day it opened in 2000, and the awards and accolades soon began to roll in, including the James Beard Award for Outstanding Baker in. Her creamy, elegant Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake is studded with a swirl of raspberry coulis.
The Cheesecake Girl’s Unicorn Cheesecake
At The Cheesecake Girl, founder Samantha Strange’s spectacular cheesecakes start with a signature buttery shortbread crust, and the cheesecake itself is dense, rich, and super-flavorful. Her Unicorn Cheesecake is topped with a buttery sprinkle shortbread crust, and filled with sprinkle cheesecake, topped with unicorn buttercream, and more sprinkles!
This is just a sampling of all the incredible cheesecakes that are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly! Discover all cheesecakes, and if you’re specifically looking for New York cheesecakes, you can find them here.