Much like ramen, cheesecake has always been one of those foods for me that I’m very very “meh” about it. It’s fine. I’ll eat it. I’ll never crave it. There’s always something else I would rather have more.
Since cheesecake is one of the more “New York”-y foods out there, I’ve given it a chance. I had a pretty delicious one at Junior’s and when my big bro was in town and aptly demanded some cheesecake for dessert, I decided to take him to Eileen’s Special Cheesecake.
I first spotted the place when I was eating dinner with a friend at Osteria Morini across the street, and we both thought the name was kind of cute. My brother also looked up the best cheesecake places in New York and Eileen’s came up so we decided to go for it.
Eileen started baking when she told someone at a deli that her mother’s cheesecake recipe was the only one she liked and the owner asked to taste it. After he tried her version, he began placing orders for it. Eileen then opened her first store in 1975, and since then has gotten tons of press and recognition from being named New York’s Best Cheesecake by celebrity chefs to Zagat.
There is quite the variety of cheesecakes here, which you can either view in the glass counter at the front of the little shop or on the laminated menus (that have helpful pictures!). Some of the fun flavors include pineapple, chocolate raspberry, coconut custard, irish coffee, mango, pumpkin, and rocky road.
Another fun thing about Eileen’s is that you can order the cheesecake in mini tart form for $3.50 each, which is awesome for me because I translate that to “Yes!! Now I can try even more!!” I ended up splitting the strawberry, turtle, and dulce de leche ones with my brother. The strawberry one, albeit simple, was our favorite, and we should’ve known because it’s one of their top-sellers. The cheesecake here is unlike any I’ve had before because it’s ultra-light and airy. It doesn’t weigh you down and has a kind of melt-in-your-mouth quality. Even the graham cracker crust is super light and crumbly compared to other places that have a heavier, thicker pie like crust. They’re also not super sweet (more of a cream cheese rather than sugary flavor), so it’s easy to make your way through a couple of the minis without getting all dessert-ed out.
Eileen’s also ships their cheesecakes overnight anywhere in the United States, so if you ever want to share some New York love with those special people in your life, they can make it happen.
Strawberry cheesecake, turtle cheesecake, dulce de leche cheesecake
17 Cleveland Pl
New York, NY 10012