My search for the best cheesecake in New York continues….

JEAN DANET PASTRY, 7526 5th Avenue (at 76th Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Bay Ridge must be the bakery district. In a matter of a few blocks in this diverse Brooklyn neighborhood, you have a Greek pastry shop, a French one, an iconic Scandinavian one, and one hailing from the Middle East. That’s a lot of eclectic and delicious treats in a small radius.

Not Much Has Changed

And most of the aforementioned bakeries actually make their own version of cheesecake. I was here today to focus on one in particular. It’s the French bakery known as Jean Danet but it is actually owned and operated by an Italian baker (who studied French techniques) and bought the business back in 1998.

There's Italian Here Too!

The recipes have supposedly stayed the same, but some things (including the brick pizza oven in the back) have probably changed with the times and the neighborhood. A selection of large Italian-style ricotta cheesecakes were also available in the refrigerator up front. I (or rather my waistline) could only afford one slice so I stuck with the classic New York style.

Cheesecake at JEAN DANET PASTRYIt’s definitely one of the prettier slices trading out crust for whipped cream and a glazed strawberry. It’s also more compact – smaller and more dense than most slices. The cold cream cheese coating was rich and smooth leaving a slightly sour yet sweet taste lingering. The composition of the cake was masterful and the sweet whipped cream and tangy strawberry helped enhance the flavors. 

Cheesecake at JEAN DANET PASTRY

In all fairness, I probably need to make multiple trips to Bay Ridge to taste all the other (international) cheesecakes. I’ll be even more impressed if they’re all as good as the one at Jean Danet. It might even be reason enough to move out to Bay Ridge!

Does Jean Danet Pastry have the best cheesecake in NY? It earns an 8 out of 10 since the beautifully composed slice is velvety with a balanced hit of sweet with the cheesy tartness.

JEAN DANET PASTRY
7526 5th Avenue (at 76th Street),
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(718) 836-7566
jeandanet.com
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Brian Hoffman is a classically trained actor who is now a full-time tour guide, blogger, and food obsessive. He leads food and drink tours around New York City, which not only introduce tour-goers to delicious food, but gives them a historical context. He also writes food articles for Gothamist and Midtown Lunch in addition to overseeing this blog and a few food video series, including Eat This, Locals Know, and Around the World in One City.

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