I am thinking that "New York Style" cheesecake is made with ricotta, not cream cheese. I love that dense heavy cheesecake (like at the Stage Deli!!) and you just don't get that texture with cream cheese.
However my Google searches are giving me recipes with cream cheese and my mother's recipe which I've always thought of as the best (but I haven't had it in years) has cottage cheese! That can't be right. My memories are of her complaining about how expensive it was to make and I just can't imagine there's cottage cheese in there. My mother would die before she ate cottage cheese.
am I crazy? Maybe you shouldn't answer that! But I am looking for what I think is a ricotta cheesecake that comes out super dense and heavy.