When it comes to cheesecake, New York-style is in a class all its own. With its towering height, ultra-dense and creamy texture, and signature tang, this beloved dessert is the gold standard that all other cheesecakes aspire to.

While you can certainly find excellent examples of New York-style cheesecake at bakeries and specialty shops across the country, there’s nothing quite like making it yourself at home.

By following a few key tips and techniques in this article, you can craft a showstopping cheesecake that rivals anything you’d find in the Big Apple.

1. New York-Style Cheesecake Recipe


For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp white sugar

For the Filling

  • 32 oz (4 blocks) full-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks


Step 1: Prepare the Crust

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and wrap the outside with foil to prevent leaks.

In a medium bowl, mix together the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and 2 tbsp sugar until well combined. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of the prepared springform pan.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare the Filling

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer on medium speed until light, fluffy and completely smooth, about 3-4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Gradually add the 1 1/4 cups sugar and continue beating until fully incorporated and the mixture is creamy, about 2 more minutes.

Add the sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and egg yolks until smooth. Add this mixture to the cream cheese batter and beat until fully incorporated.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides as needed to ensure even mixing.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the prepared crust. Use a spatula to smooth the top.

Step 3: Baking the Cheesecake

Place the springform pan in a large roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake for 30 minutes at 325° F. Reduce temperature to 250° F and continue cooking for 45 minutes more.

Then turn off the oven, prop the door open slightly, and let the cheesecake remain in the oven for an additional 1 hour. This gradual cooling helps prevent cracking.

Remove the cheesecake from the oven and water bath. Let cool completely on a wire rack, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

With this classic recipe, you’ll be able to craft a truly authentic New York-style cheesecake worthy of any high-end bakery. The towering height, dense yet creamy filling, and signature tang will have your guests raving. Serve it up at your next special occasion or holiday gathering – it’s sure to be the star of the dessert table.

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