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Where to buy the best NY-style cheesecake?

anyhow Sep 18, 2012 12:55 PM

Looking to buy whole cheesecake to serve at party. No toppings, just rich dense cheesecake.

All suggestions welcome -- Burlingame to San Jose most useful for last-minute pick-ups. Thanks.

  1. jillyju Nov 20, 2013 12:57 PM

    I know this is an old thread, but I had a slice of VERY dense cheesecake from Saul's last week that I really enjoyed. Graham cracker crust--but it seemed to only be a very small part of the flavor profile. This cake reminded me of what I grew up with--not too sweet, thick yet creamy.

    Additionally, in a different style--creamier, a bit sweeter--Gregory's Gourmet Desserts in Oakland has some killer cheesecake flavors. Gregory's is kind of a treasure; it's only open on Wednesdays and Fridays, and only one or two customers can fit inside at a time. You can buy by the slice or the cake. Lots of unusual and tasty cookies and scones, and, the BEST Key Lime Pie ever, anywhere, including in the Florida Keys. A crust made of brown sugar crack, and a thoroughly satisfying citrus center.


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      Thomas Nash Sep 24, 2012 03:46 PM


      1. letsindulge Sep 20, 2012 03:25 AM

        California Pizza Kitchen has a variety, and sells them by the whole, or slices.

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          Sayurijg Sep 19, 2012 11:40 PM

          Now don't shoot me, but have you tried the one CostCo make? I know it would make a died hard cheesecake fan cry, but it's dense, it's big, it tastes good and it's inexpensive!

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          1. re: Sayurijg
            Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2012 03:09 AM

            Do they make it in house or is it house-labeled?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Sayurijg Sep 20, 2012 04:22 AM

              I think they make it in-house. Great for a party because they are inexpensive and huge!

          2. jillyju Sep 18, 2012 04:33 PM

            Yesterday I had slice of NY style cheesecake from Max's at Opera Plaza in SF. I do not think much of most of their food, but this cheesecake was really everything I like in that style. Very dense, not overly sweet, graham cracker crust. The only thing missing for me was that I like a thin layer of sour cream baked on the top. There are Max's restaurants in the Peninsula.

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              ceekskat Sep 18, 2012 08:09 AM

              I guess we are partial to the lighter cheesecakes in that we love Draeger's berry version. Other places that *may* make good cheesecake are Woodside Bakery & Prolific Oven. Perhaps other hounds are familiar with these.

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              1. re: ceekskat
                buoncibo Sep 21, 2012 05:36 AM

                Draegers is good, although not so much as a true NY cheesecake. They also sell it in a mini version. Especially appreciate that theirs has no graham cracker crust or sour cream. Lindy's restaurant in NY made the most famous cheesecake, and it did not include graham crackers or sour cream topping. Don't know if this matters to OP or whether it's just the NY density they're looking for.

                1. re: buoncibo
                  pilinut Sep 22, 2012 02:16 PM

                  I like Draeger's cheesecake, too. Haven't had it side by side with Rosen's, but along with the brown butter pear tart, it's one of the best things they make.

                  1. re: buoncibo
                    Malcolm Ruthven Sep 22, 2012 02:53 PM

                    >no graham cracker crust or sour cream<

                    Back in another lifetime I spent a month near Times Square in New York City. There was a bar and grill near my hotel and I had many a corned beef sandwich and slice of cheesecake there. The cheesecake had no graham cracker crust or sour cream, and a flavor so intense that I only took small bites (very unusual for me). I'm still looking for one like that. Until then, Rosen's or John and Jill's is going to have to do.

                    1. re: Malcolm Ruthven
                      buoncibo Sep 23, 2012 02:09 AM

                      Very likely it was Lindy's cheesecake. If you're still dreamin' about it and willing to give it a try in the kitchen, google for the recipe. The one on the Saveur website is the authentic version - 2.5 lbs cream cheese.

                      Happy eating!

                      1. re: buoncibo
                        anyhow Sep 24, 2012 07:48 AM

                        Wow! Thank you for reminding me I could find that "Ideal" cheesecake recipe and bake one to compare with the other suggested versions. It's on for baking tonight and tasting tomorrow.

                        And, thank you to everyone for the suggestions. All are greatly appreciated.

                        1. re: anyhow
                          buoncibo Sep 24, 2012 12:31 PM

                          If you give it a try, like the results and decide to make it for your party, a bonus is that it will keep well for a few days in the fridge. On the day of, top w/whole strawberries pointed side up, and finish with a glaze. Good luck.

                2. Robert Lauriston Sep 18, 2012 06:53 AM

                  I guess Just Desserts stopped making cheesecake.

                  1. Melanie Wong Sep 18, 2012 06:28 AM

                    Have you tried J M Rosen's NY cheesecake? It's made in Petaluma. Amici's sells it by the slice. You could try it and then negotiate to buy a whole one (or have one shipped to you from the bakery). I've not tried it since the founder passed away, but was my favorite before. And Frank Sinatra's favorite too.

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                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      anyhow Sep 18, 2012 06:38 AM

                      Thanks, I will get a slice to check it out. This is one of those hankering-things and maybe this thread will bring up many choices for many locales and tastes.

                      1. re: anyhow
                        Melanie Wong Sep 18, 2012 06:38 AM

                        Here's a taste-off with John & Jill's.

                      2. re: Melanie Wong
                        pilinut Sep 19, 2012 01:48 AM

                        I was at Whole Foods off Hillsdale and 101 in San Mateo a month or so ago, and the bakery there sells the plain JM Rosen cheesecake. I bought a slice, and it was very good. I think the girl in the bakery told me that they get all their cheesecakes from Rosen, merely topping the fruit ones themselves.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong
                          osho Aug 30, 2013 04:14 AM

                          My wife wanted the best NY cheesecake in the area for her birthday. I think Zanze's is the best we have but she is from the East Coast - so she wanted something that was rich and not lighter in any way.

                          I called Whole Foods in San Mateo and happily enough, they had one whole cake in stock on which I got some custom lettering done.

                          The cake was a huge hit with the wife and the little chowpups.

                          WF also has slices of cheesecake with a layer of chocolate cheesecake at the bottom. I didn't try it - saved that for next time.

                          A big thank you to Melanie and pilinut!


                          1. re: osho
                            Melanie Wong Aug 30, 2013 04:55 AM

                            Another Rosen cheesecake fan! Thank you, as I'd forgotten that WF has them.

                            1. re: osho
                              pilinut Aug 30, 2013 04:57 AM

                              You are most welcome! It's always a pleasure to see that the information one posts is of some use to other hounds! (In a way, it helps mitigate the weight gain that resulted from all the information gathering! ;-))

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                            foodeye Sep 18, 2012 06:23 AM

                            Just a little further north, there is Zanze's.
                            I have not tried it, but it looks like it might be just the ticket:

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                            1. re: foodeye
                              DavidT Sep 18, 2012 06:21 AM

                              Zanze's is certainly worth trying. I am not sure if it will be "New York" enough for you, but it will be very good!

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                                Melanie Wong Sep 18, 2012 06:33 AM

                                Zanze's is very good, but it's lighter than NY style cheesecake.

                              2. re: foodeye
                                anyhow Sep 18, 2012 06:35 AM

                                Thanks. We enjoyed a Zanze's cheesecake last weekend -- folks were swooning over the lightness. And, then, we began to wonder if we could find a wonderful cheesecake in the New York style.

                                1. re: anyhow
                                  stanbee Aug 30, 2013 04:10 PM

                                  Zanze's makes a very very sweet mouselike anti NY cheese -cake. Rosen's is closest to what you're looking for.

                                  1. re: stanbee
                                    Robert Lauriston Aug 31, 2013 03:49 AM

                                    I think Zanze's flavor is very NY-like and I have not found it too sweet (and I don't like sweets). However, it may be the lightest cheesecake in the world, so not for anyone craving dense NY-style.

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