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Meet  the Owners




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   In the bustling streets of New York City, amidst the summer heat of 2014, fate brought together Julia and Gregory. Both aspiring actors and filmmakers, they found themselves navigating the restaurant scene to make ends meet. Little did they know, their shared love for extraordinary cuisine would become the secret ingredient that bound them together.

As they embarked on countless culinary adventures, exploring the vibrant food scene of the Big Apple, their taste buds danced with delight, and their hearts grew fonder. Five years passed, and their careers in the entertainment industry began to take shape, but the struggle to survive in the concrete jungle persisted. Gregory found himself working as a private chef for a rather unconventional Craigslist "Sex Therapist," while Julia expertly balanced bartending and managing a brewery inside the bustling Port Authority.

Ah, the glamorous life they led! Well, not quite. Their paychecks were devoured by grocery bills, their Vitamin D levels were alarmingly low, and let's not even get started on the peculiar encounters on the subway. How many times can one share a seat with a man who carries deceased pigeons in his pockets before realizing it's time for a change?

And so, in January of 2019, Julia and Gregory made a bold decision to bid farewell to the chaotic rhythm of New York City and set their sights on the sun-kissed shores of Los Angeles. Yearning for a slower pace of living, they embarked on a new chapter in the city of dreams.

       Gregory, a bagel lover, swiftly rose to the position of head baker at a renowned bagel company, while Julia hustled her way through various bartending gigs. Life was moving at its usual pace until 2020 decided to make its grand entrance, bringing with it the unforeseen challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought the restaurant industry to a standstill. It was always a far-fetched dream to think they might one day open up their own business, however, this newfound period of uncertainty opened a window of opportunity. Julia took a leap of faith, investing her final paycheck in a stand mixer she bought on Craigslist. Teaming up with her partner, Gregory Lay, they began baking hundreds of cheesecakes out of their small Alhambra home.

Combining the velvety cream cheese that Gregory crafted with love at the bagel shop and Julia's mom's legendary Christmas cheesecake recipe, a groundbreaking creation was born. This extraordinary cheesecake, infused with tradition and innovation, quickly captured the hearts and palates of the vibrant city of LA. In the face of adversity, Gregory and Julia turned their passion into a triumph. Their cheesecakes not only satisfied cravings but also brought a sense of joy and comfort during uncertain times.


      At East Side Cheesecakes, we believe that food is an expression of creativity, and there's nothing more rewarding than bringing happiness to others through our culinary creations. Our secret ingredient? Handcrafted buttermilk cream cheese, meticulously crafted to perfection. This unique addition infuses our cheesecakes with a rich depth of flavor that sets us apart from the rest.

Indulge in a truly exceptional dessert experience as you savor our cheesecakes, which are anything but ordinary. Unlike traditional options, our cheesecakes are a harmonious balance of lightness and complexity, offering a nuanced flavor profile that will leave you craving more. Say goodbye to store-bought, preservative-filled cream cheese that simply can't compare to the quality and taste we deliver.

Whether you're a cheesecake connoisseur or simply seeking a memorable treat, East Side Cheesecakes promises to exceed your expectations. Join us on this delectable journey and discover why our cheesecakes are the talk of the town. Get ready to elevate your dessert game with the unrivaled indulgence of East Side Cheesecakes.


We offer local pick up and delivery from our commissary kitchen. We ship nationwide shipping on We participate in night markets and pop up events. We’ve recently ventured into the Vegan dessert space and we’re currently developing a line of cheesecake for the Keto community.


You can always grab a slice of our cheesecake at your local Uncle Paulie's Deli or at Sara's Market in East LA. We provide cheesecakes to high-end restaurants like The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. East Side Cheesecakes is the official cheesecake of the Golden Girls Pop Up Kitchen currently touring the USA.  

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