By: Fiona Moriarty, Hipmunk July 13 is National Cheesecake Day, and there's no better place to celebrate than the Big Apple. From famous bakeries to hidden gems, these are the best places to get a slice of cheesecake in New York City.
Junior's is one of the most famous cheesecake spots in New York, and it lives up to the hype. They serve classic cheesecake and unique flavors like red velvet, sea salt caramel and chocolate mousse. Junior's has branches in Brooklyn and Grand Central Station. They also have a branch in Midtown, close to many famous New York hotels, including the
Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Eileen's Special Cheesecake is a small SoHo bakery loved by both locals and tourists. The bakery offers a variety of smooth and creamy cheesecake slices. If you're lucky, you may even get served your dessert by Eileen herself.
Dessert Club ChikaLicious
If you want to try a unique cheesecake, Dessert Club ChikaLicious is for you. This East Village bakery serves inverted cheesecake, covering its creamy filling with graham cracker crumbles and strawberries. You can get small individually sized portions of this cake, or order a full cake to share with your friends.
Two Little Red Hens
Another East Villiage favorite, Two Little Red Hens serves generous portions of its graham cracker-encrusted cheesecake. Stay at nearby
to be close to the best the East Villiage has to offer.
Gian Piero Bakery
Manhattan isn't the only borough that makes great cheesecake. Gian Piero Bakery is an Astoria institution. No matter what time of day you visit, it's sure to be packed. If it's a nice day, sit at one of the bakery's outside tables and enjoy a latte and a slice of cheesecake.
Mona Lisa Pastry Shoppe
This Brooklyn bakery still uses an old-fashioned, coal-fired oven to make their cheesecake. They sell both Italian cheesecake with ricotta filling and a New York-style cake made with sour cream. Whichever you choose, it's guaranteed to be tasty.
After you check into your New York City hotel, head out to one of these bakeries to get a slice or three of cheesecake. You'll always have a memorable--and delicious--experience at one of these New York bakeries.