Authentic Lindy's Famous New York Cheesecake

Total Time
1hr 50mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 10 mins

This is perhaps the most famous and imitated cheesecake of all. Dense and creamy, it is what has become known as New York-style cheesecake.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. For the pastry, place the sugar and lemon zest in a food processor for 5 seconds.
  2. Add the butter, egg yolk, water, and vanilla and pulse until the mixture looks granular and lumpy; the butter should be in about 1/4-inch pieces.
  3. Add the flour and pulse rapidly 20 to 30 times, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, until the mixture almost gathers into a ball.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and press the dough into a 1-inch-thick cake.
  5. Wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Adjust an oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  7. Butter a 9-inch springform pan.
  8. Detach the sides; set aside.
  9. Cut off slightly less than one half of the dough.
  10. Break it into pieces, and scatter them over the springform bottom.
  11. Press firmly and evenly with your fingertips to make a thin layer.
  12. Set the bottom crust in the oven and bake until pale golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven with a wide metal spatula and set on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  14. In- crease the oven temperature to 525 degrees.
  15. Shape the remaining pastry into a square.
  16. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle slightly larger than 10x6-inches.
  17. With a large sharp knife, trim away the edges so that the pastry measures 10x6-inches.
  18. Cut the pastry crosswise into five 2-inch strips.
  19. Reassemble the springform pan.
  20. Line the sides of the pan with 4 of the pastry strips, pressing the pieces firmly together where their edges meet and pressing the pastry firmly against the pan so that it will stay in place.
  21. Cut what you need from the last strip to fill in the last gap.
  22. Refrigerate while you prepare the filling.
  23. For the filling, beat the cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  24. Add the sugar, flour, salt, zests, and vanilla and beat until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
  25. Beat in the eggs and yolks one at a time, beating only until thoroughly incorporated, about 15 seconds after each.
  26. Beat for another 30 seconds.
  27. On low speed, beat in the heavy cream.
  28. Scrape the mixture into the pan and smooth the top.
  29. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200 degrees and bake for 1 hour longer; the top will be golden brown.
  30. Cool to room temperature on a rack.
  31. Cover loosely and refrigerate for at least 6 hours; overnight is best.
  32. For the strawberry sauce, if the strawberries are small, reserve 1 cup of the prettiest ones.
  33. If they are large, slice enough to make 1 cup.
  34. Set aside.
  35. Place the remaining berries in a medium saucepan and crush with a potato masher.
  36. Add the sugar, water, salt, and cornstarch.
  37. Stir well with a heat- proof rubber spatula, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  38. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  39. Remove from the heat and add the butter, lemon juice, and reserved berries.
  40. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  41. (The sauce can be made a day ahead.) To serve, run a small sharp knife around the edges of the cake to release the pastry and carefully remove the sides of the pan.
  42. Rinse a knife in hot water, shake off the excess water, and slice.
  43. Serve each portion with a spoonful of the strawberry sauce.
  44. Refrigerate leftovers.
Most Helpful

5 5

I first made this recipe in 1991 after seeing it in the Chicago Tribune. It is by far the best cheesecake I have ever made and my family agrees. It has become a holiday tradition. There are a couple of differences between my recipe and this one: 1) my recipe calls for only 1/4 c. sugar for the crust and 8 T. of butter. 2) The filling calls for 1/4 tsp. of vanilla or a pinch of vanilly bean pulp and only 3 T. of flour. Either way, this recipe is beyond fabulous! Thanks for posting this. I now have the assurance that if I lose my yellowed, creased copy of this recipe, I can find it here!

5 5

This cheesecake is fabulous. I must admit I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of citrus, and would probably cut it down a bit next time, but I loved the addition of the citrus. To this cheesecake I added a brownie layer to the bottom using your maida heatter's brownie recipe. Fabulous! Simply fabulous :) Thank you!

4 5

Like @Little Tomato my recipe varies from this one. I received it over 20 years ago from a friend who had received it from another friend. In addition to Little Tomato's changes, my version does not include any orange zest. Only 3/4 tsp lemon zest. <br/><br/>I was warned when I was given the recipe that the cooking time is not long enough. I just baked this last night and it took another 40 minutes or so at 200 to get fully baked. I have always extended the baking time like this.<br/><br/>This is a perfect cheesecake, dense but creamy, the flavors are subtle.<br/><br/>My friend who gave me the recipe said she always made a graham cracker crumb instead of the flour crust, but I love the crust; it is delicate and complements the flavors beautifully.