Hurrah! My first Bright.Bakes post of the year is here and it was inspired by my recent trip to NYC. Craving a classic slice of action from my favourite city I decided to bake a proper New York cheesecake that’s made with cream cheese and not cooked in a bain-marie. I followed the recipe in Marc Grossman’s cookbook New York Cult Recipes (NYC fans – you need this book in your repertoire, trust me!) and it turned out looking exactly like it does in the book. Score! Fancy an indulgent slice of Brooklyn-in-a-mouthful this weekend? OK, here’s what you need to do:

Grease a 28cm spring-base cake tin and preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4). Combine the crushed biscuits, sugar and melted butter before compacting it into an even layer on the base of the cake tin. Bake for 15 minutes in the cover and then take it out before turning the oven up to 230°C (450°F/Gas 8).

Use an electric mixer or food processor to combine all the filling ingredients in the order they are listed, until smooth. Pour over the crust and bake for 10 minutes. Without opening the oven, lower the temperature to 100°C (200°F/Gas 1/2) and cook for a further 50 minutes. By this time the filling should still be a little wobbly in the middle. Turn the oven off and leave the cheesecake to cool inside for two hours. Afterwards, take it out of the oven to fully cool before refrigerating for at least four hours before serving.

Have you ever made a New York cheesecake? What’s your favourite New York-inspired sweet treat?

// Photography by Will Taylor | Recipe from New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Now this is what I’m talking about! You did a great job as it’s tricky to cook a cheesecake this way.

  2. Perfect for this weekend’s dinner party, thanks!! Gonna have to get that book because NY is the best!

  3. Wow, that looks amazing and delicious! Will, how did you know I’ve been thinking about cakes and all sorts of sweet things? 😉 I’ve been craving sweet & chocolates all day long this last week, and your post looks so yummy… Saving this recipe in my favourites!!!
    Hugs, Inge & the little baby boy in my belly 🙂 x

  4. It looks delish Will – we made the one from Nigella’s cookbook, and added some raspberry coulis – oh heavenly 🙂 happy weekend my friend. Ax

  5. divine, a delicious treat, please pass the milk. Hugs. P.S> I invite you to share this post at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up through Saturday)

  6. Will, thank you for this recipe!
    I love cheesecake!!
    And this one looks so delicious!!

  7. Yes I have! but the recipe I followed was way more the different from yours. Gonna try tough to make yours and see wichsis better. Great photos!

  8. Gorgeous! And of course yours turned out just like the book-you probably remember to put all the ingredients in 😉 This is Jon’s favourite, so I’ll bookmark it and make it for his 50th in June!Have you enough fabulous pics and recipes for your cook book yet lovely ?? xxx

  9. this looks yummy. I’ve never mad a NY style cheesecake but I do love my mum’s recipe for Pineapple cooked cheesecake, it is very mourish. I do love cheescake anyway and so perhaps I might give this one a whirl. Only problem is finding lots of friends to help me eat it, otherwise it’ll be me doing that all alone which would be tres bad
    Jo x

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.