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Hy's cheesecake

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There used to be a wonderful shop in NJ (don't recall the town)called Hy's cheesecake. Hy retired and did not sell the shop (or the recipe) anybody know the shop (or a similar cheesecake) It was VERY creamy!

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  1. I thought I was the only one desperately looking for Hy's wonderful creamy light cheesecake. I remember him saying he was about to retire and wanted to know if anyone wanted to buy the recipe. The store was on springfield ave in Springfield or Melburn I've gone by there to see if any clues a long time ago without luck. I would love to find out how to make them or buy them again.
    Let me know if you find out

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    1. re: Patricia

      Oh MY GOD, Thanksgiving and Christmas isnt the same without Hy's cheesecake. I was told he sold the store but NOT the recipe. I have been searching everywhere for anything compriable to no avail. However, believe it or not my friend had an A&P (i believe) cheesecake that was ohhh so close. I will check out where she got it and get back to you. In the meantime, this is my first visit here so any info on this search will be appreciated


    2. Hy's Cheesecake was in my hometown of Maplewood, NJ.

      My parents owned a card and gift store four doors down.

      I grew up on Hy's.

      Hy didn't sell the business, he retired it, about 12 years ago. He moved down to Florida and (as far as I know) never sold the recipe.

      I also know his brother Lou, who owns a moving business here in NJ.

      Which has me wondering if the Lou & Hy's Cheesecake recipe you can find on Google MIGHT be the same one...

      I'll have to try making it.

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      1. re: Lee

        Lee, if you know Hy's brother, Lou, could you call Hy? The Lou & Hy's cheesecake on the web is from Akron, Ohio, so that's not it.

        1. re: Lee

          Hi Lee, is it possible to get in touch with Lou or HY, i would pay for the recipe what ever he wanted. please let me know. That cheesecake marked my for life. Thankyou

        2. There was nothing like it! I know he retired to FL with a tall stack. I've been meaning to telephone him one day to beg for the recipe. I think I'll do that. Don't want it to become extinct.

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          1. re: Jay

            Did you ever telephone Hy, Jay, to see whether his recipe is available anywhere? I swear, I'd happily buy a whole book just to get that one recipe. Like the rest of you, I grew up in New Jersey, where Hy's cheesecake was my very favorite. Now I live in Florida. Can anyone tell me where Hy lives--if he's still alive after all these years?

            1. re: Jay

              Jay, Could you please tell me his full name so that I may attempt to obtain the recipe. I don't know whether Hy is is first or last name. I grew up in Maplewood and it was always such a treat to get a Hy's Cheesecake. I have been bragging about it for the past 22 years in FL and I just have to have it! Do you know where in FL he moved to? Please please please tell me whatever you know!

              1. re: Jay

                HI Jay, if you speak with Mr HY, i will offer him money to revive this cheese cake. Thanks

              2. Ahhh, I grew up in Maplewood and now trudge through the barren midwest. Hy's was a short walk from home, and I, too, have found nothing like it. My wife is trying various cheesecake recipes...seeing if she can recreate the memory of it at least. Sigh...

                1. Hy's cheescake was located on Springfield Ave in Maplewood. I am trying to find a cheesecake or recipe that can duplicate the original.

                  1. i cannot believe there are others still taking about Hy's cheesecake from Hy's baker on Springfield Ave. in Maplewood, NJ - it was and is still unsurpassed as being the ultimate standard for all cheesecakes. If anyone EVER finds the recipe, PLEASE post it - my mom & I have been talking about it/looking for it for years. Thank you! Jo

                    1. Hy's name was/is......Schaefer.... many times I purchased there, most of the times he worked alone in the store baking and selling except around the holidays he would have a relative up front...he told me he got his cream cheese from a Pennsylvania source and he would deliver his cakes as far as Princeton University

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                      1. re: LEOFONT

                        Hy's was the best, I grew up in South Orange and loved this cake. As an adult I would drive there to get the light, delicious cake. I remember Hy teaching me how to cut the cake! This recipe would be a find. I have the recipe rom the original Claremont Dinner in Montclair. A heavy, yummy, rich cake. I did once bake a cheesecake that was as close to Hy's as I ever came, I will look for it and post if I still have it.

                      2. I and my family also have memories of Hy's Cheesecake store in Maplewood, NJ. Today, my son was working in South Orange and for lunch went to the Town Hall Deli for a sandwich. Low and behold, They are now selling a cheesecake called "Hy's Cheesecake". He bought a whole cake and we just had some for dessert. A gentleman who graduated Columbia High in 1972 supposedly helped Hy at the shop sometimes and was disappointed when it closed. He graduated culinary school and has tried many times to duplicate Hy's cake. He now has, what I have to admit, is the closest alternative I've ever tasted. This fellow works in a restaruant in Springfield, NJ (Sophia's) and intends to try to start a mail order business for his cakes. I'd suggest that those who miss Hy's cakes give these a try. BTW, Hy Shaefer is apparently now 83 yearss old and living in Florida. He has supposedly tasted this new cake, approves of it and wishes the fellow luck with his new venture. I guess his approval was needed to use "Hy" in the name. If you're near South Orange, stop at the Town Hall Deli and you can try some of this cake.

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                        1. re: rooster921

                          Do they sell the cheesecake as a dessert at Sophia's?

                          I also remember Hy's. He would make a certain number of cheesecakes each day and when they were gone, he closed the store for the day. If you got there too late, you were out of luck.

                          1. re: rooster921

                            I am his daughter, and the above information isn't correct. The man from Columbia High did NOT work in his store. My Dad has NOT tasted his cake and does not endorse it. Using his name is without authorization.

                            1. I moved to Revere Ave. (Just off prospect) when I was in the 3rd grade. We soon discovered Hy's Cheesecake. It was sheer ambrosia. I know I will never have a cheesecake as good as the ones he made. He was a master. The cakes were not cheap. And as money was tight, we would enjoy them during holidays and birthdays. So creamy. And as a boy, I would come into his shop, and I seam to recall him giving me a free sample. It was very long ago. But I remember his slight frame with white military-style bakers cap and warm smile, vividly. This is virtually the only food item, from days gone by that I still long for. One small slice was the closest my childhood got to happy. The fact that only we knew about it. And could enjoy this amazingness made being a part of that particular neighborhood special. I hope Hy and his family are reading this. As someone who makes things now, there's greatness here. A recipe like this would be worth a lot of money. I only wish that I could have apprenticed with him. As he was every bit the master they honor with Michelin Stars and awards.

                              1. Hy had a great cheesecake but let's not forget their are some very good ones now, namely the new Manny's diner/restaurant in Clark, the Stirling diner in Stirling, and some others I can't recall.....at one time diners were rated on their coffee and burgers,....now it's cheesecake

                                1. Excellent thread...I remember having the cheesecake once or twice at friend's houses, holidays, etc., but I didn't know anything about the story behind it. There's always a story behind every great recipe, dish, etc. -- and this is a goo one.

                                  I guess Hy has a valuable commodity here.

                                  1. SURE HY'S cheesecake was great, but a good match to Hy's can now be found at the new Manny's Diner/Restaurant in Clark....great creamy, light (not dense) beautiful cheesecake........the Baker must be a master !!!

                                    1. Tried the one at the Town Deli...close but not Hys
                                      Also...couldn't find the Facebook Page