We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“As good as it gets”

Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Ranked #17 of 13,684 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery
Neighborhood: SoHo
Description: Eileen's Special Cheesecake opened for business in December, 1975, and arrived in lower Manhattan on December 4, 1976. It was a "ghost town" when I first arrived, but that didn't bother me because the rent was low and I desperately needed a place to bake for my growing wholesale business. I hadn't considered the retail aspects of the business until people started knocking on the door of the bakery wanting to buy cheesecake. With that encouragement, I purchased a bakery case and began to conduct retail business. Soon after our cheesecake attracted the press and we were listed in "Best Bites" in New York Magazine. Radio station WOR rated us "Number One Cheesecake" and we appeared on television quite often whipping up batters of cheesecake. Time passed, and now Cleveland Place is in a popular area where the mix of people and restaurants and shops are so unique. Downtown is becoming the "place to be", and we are actually on most maps now. We survived difficult times, and now "let the good times roll"!
Level Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“As good as it gets”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

This was a mouthwatering experience. Eileen's cheesecakes are small and round, size of a small cupcake. We took classic cheesecakes (4$ piece) but there is a selection of cheesecakes available with fruity toppings, too. The cakes are truely creamy and worth for a visit. The cafe is small with only a few tables so be prepared for a wait or takeaway.

Thank Elina F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,411 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Perth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nothing special...”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Visited after seeing it on the Trip Advisor city guide of NYC. Very disappointing and expected better after reading the reviews. Not much choice and cheesecake was average, it wasn't worth the walk.

  • Visited January 2013
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Suzie C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New York
Level Contributor
376 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Best cheesecake in NYC? Fuhgetboutit! Try Junior's instead. The cheesecake here is a bit too coarse and hard for me.

  • Visited March 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Max D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
62 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not for me...”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

But...the cheesecake was super no question about it. However I found myself not a big fan for cheesecake. But if you're a fun you must try it at Eileen's. Also grab a fresh coffee, sit down and watch al the memorabilia on the wall. Walk from Chinatown, past Eileen's and go on to broadway via Soho. Great route and a great stop.

  • Visited February 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Heidi H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
74 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Exceptional Cheesecake”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We read about Eileen's Cheesecake in Australia, and were not disappointed. We tried the classic plain cheesecake. It was light and tasty, and wishing we could come back for more.
The shop is old style, from anther era.
A must return on New York visit.

  • Visited February 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Alex S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Eileen's Special Cheesecake also viewed

New York City, NY

Been to Eileen's Special Cheesecake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing