Well, in conjunction with other Tasting Crawls reported here (Pizza Crawl, CHocolate Cake Crawl, Cannoli Crawl), I was fortunate to taste two New York cheesecake offerings, one in Manhattan, the other in Woodside, Queens.
In head-to-head tasting, my impressions were:
1) Venerios, 11th St btw 1st & 2nd Ave: A "dry style" cheesecake...almost too dry to eat without a drink accompaniment. Pasty taste on the end. Not distinctive.
2) La Flor Bakery and Cafe, 53-02 Roosevelt Blvd., Woodside Queens. I tasted the above Veneiro's slice against a La Flor slice that was half-eaten and sitting in fridge for a day.
From the first taste of this La Flor cheesecake I was impressed. It's moist, creamy, lemony, great medium-creamy consistency. Beautiful, lingering taste. Just great. This cheesecake was a major high point of ALL my tasting Crawls through NYC over the last few days.
This is probably benchmark cheesecake.
Another comment...I've not tasted any of the entree items on the La Flor Cafe menu but looking over the menu, the other comments on this board, and my overall impressions just being in the restaurant to order the dessert items....I'm now raising the bar on my expectations that this may be one of New Yorks "Top 25" or so dining destinations. One caveat: the key lime pie and flan, while nice, did not reflect on the place to the extent the standout cheesecake did.