New York Style Cheesecake

How To Make New York Style Cheesecake?

New York-style cheesecake is a favorite dessert for my husband, Michael. In fact, almost 20 years ago, the first time I met my future mother-in-law, she told me that the way to Michael’s heart was through his stomach and that she bribed him with a slice of cheesecake anytime she wanted him to do something when she was a child. She may be a traditional lady, but I got the message clear and loud: learn to make a good cheesecake.

New York Style Cheesecake



  • 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs.
  • 5 tbsp of melted margarine.
  • 3 tbsp of white sugar.
  • A pinch of salt.


  • 2 large containers of full-fat cream cheese (room temperature).
  • 1 cup and half of the white sugar.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice.
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch.
  • 4 eggs (room temperature).
  • 1 cup sour cream (room temperature).


  • 3 cups of diced fresh strawberries.
  • 6 tbsp white sugar.
  • 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.


Step 1:

I preheated the furnace to 350 F, and I placed the rack in the lower third.

Step 2:

Under a springform pan, I put double layers of extra-large aluminum foil and then I covered the bottom and sides of the pan, wrap it tightly around the sides to ensure that no water gets in during baking in the water bath.

Step 3:

I mixed the graham cracker crumbs with sugar, melted margarine, and salt together to make the crust.

Step 4:

I pressed the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared pan and cooked for about 10 to 15 minutes, and let it cool.

Step 5:

I changed the oven temperature down to 325 F when it was done!

Step 6:

I beat cream cheese until smooth and moist to make the filling.

Step 7:

I beat in the sugar steadily until light and fluffy. Then I whisked in the vanilla extract, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.

Step 8:

After that, I beat in eggs, one by one and I used my mixer at low speed and blended the ingredients slowly until smooth.

P.S: don’t introduce a lot of air into the batter, please.

Step 9:

I added in the sour cream at last.

Step 10:

In a roasting pan, I placed the springform pan, then I poured the batter into the springform pan and smooth the surface.

Step 11:

I put boiling water in the roasting pan halfway up the side of the springform pan (make sure no water drips on the batter).

Step 12:

I placed them in the oven and bake at 325 F for 60 to 50 minutes.

Step 13:

I let it sit in the oven with the door slightly open for 1 hour, then I allowed it to cool to room temperature.

Step 14:

I covered the top when cooled and put it in the refrigerator to chill throughout the night.

  • This is how I made the strawberry topping:

Step 15:

I mixed half of the strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice together in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, I cooked the mixture for 7 to 10 minutes over medium heat, or until the sauce thickens.

Step 16:

I removed from the heat and added in the vanilla with the remaining strawberries when thickened, and cool to room temperature, then I spread over the cake!


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