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The best cookies in NYC and where to find them

We rounded up the best cookies in NYC—crunchy or chewy, thick or thin, here’s how the cookie crumbles

By Jake Cohen, Alisha Prakash and Christina Izzo |
Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie at Butter & Scotch
Photograph: Courtesy Noah Fecks

Cookies and milk aren’t just for kids—the best cookies in NYC are proof. Freshly baked at the best coffee shops and best bakeries in NYC, the city’s top cookies range from elegant crinkle cookies to old-school black-and-white rounds to homey chocolate chip. These aren’t just some of New York’s finest cookies—this is some of the best dessert in NYC.

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Best cookies in NYC

Photograph: Courtesy Levain Bakery
Restaurants, Bakeries

Chocolate Chip Walnut at Levain Bakery

Upper West Side

Seductively gooey on the inside and golden brown on the outside, this cookie is the size of your head and big enough to feed your whole crew (or not). Semisweet chocolate morsels and chunks of walnuts mix and mingle, making each buttery bite better than the next. $4.

Photograph: Jake Cohen
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Blueberry-Tahini Cookie and Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookie at Studio

Kips Bay

Zoe Kanan is slaying the cookie game so hard we had to include two of her cookies on our list. The blueberry-tahini cookie offers the tart sweetness of blueberries with the rich nuttiness of tahini into one sesame-crusted package. The multigrain chocolate chip number will have you almost thinking you're being healthy, laded with seeds galore for a toothsome cookie.

Photograph: Courtesy Laura Gallant
Restaurants, Cafés

Maman’s ‘Famous’ Nutty Chocolate Chunk Cookie at Maman

Little Italy

The technical description of a chocolate-chunk cookie of this caliber: “yummy.” At its core, it’s soft and melty, but it comes with just the right amount of crunch courtesy of sea salt, macadamias, almonds, walnuts and a browned exterior. Factor in the imported chocolate and it hits the sweet spot. $3.75.

Kitchen Sink at Amy’s Bread
Photograph: Courtesy Amy's Bread
Restaurants, Bakeries

Kitchen Sink at Amy’s Bread

Hell's Kitchen

Chunky, chewy, drool-inducing—these are all the things a cookie should be. And the Kitchen Sink variety from this Hell’s Kitchen bakery is all that and much more. Laced with coconut and oats and studded with pecans, chocolate and cranberries, this subtly sweet specimen doesn’t skimp on the goods. It’s the stuff a certain fuzzy blue Muppet goes gaga over. $2.95.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot at Dominique Ansel Bakery
Photograph: Lauren Spinelli
Restaurants, Bakeries

Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot at Dominique Ansel Bakery


Throw it back to your childhood dunking days with this very Instagrammable milk-and-cookies combo. Crisp enough on the outside that it won’t crumble but still moist in the middle, it’s further proof that the Cronut king can do no wrong. Ansel couples rich chocolate with cold-infused Tahitian vanilla milk for the interior coating, and whether you shoot the pool of milk then chase with the cookie or go for the nibble-and-sip technique, it lives up to the hype. $4.75.

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie With Milk at Untitled
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie With Milk at Untitled

Meatpacking District

We’ll take chocolate with a side of…chocolate. The triple threat—with milk, dark and white—is enough to leave you weak in the knees, while a sprinkling of crystallized salt takes things to another level. The fresh-from-the-oven version even comes with a mason jar of cold vanilla-spiked milk. No one has to know (or will even believe) it’s all gluten-free. $7.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/lesleyk
Restaurants, Bakeries

Compost Cookie at Momofuku Milk Bar

Midtown West

A decadent confection or a savory snack? Dreamt up by pastry whiz Christina Tosi, this sweet-and-salty number—loaded with chocolate chips, butterscotch, potato chips, pretzels, graham crackers, coffee grounds and oats—offers the best of both. We’re not saying it’s the best baked creation ever, but we’re not not saying that, either. $2.25.

S’mores Cookie at Milk & Cookies Bakery
Restaurants, Bakeries

S’mores Cookie at Milk & Cookies Bakery

West Village

For big-city folk without a backyard bonfire pit, s’mores are a nostalgic memory left behind at summer camp. For the next best thing, head to this West Village bakery, where owner Tina Casaceli pulls out all the stops with graham cracker flavor, fluffy marshmallow pieces and chocolate chips. Translation: s’moregasm. $3.

Chocolate Cloud Cookie at Baked
Photograph: Courtesy Baked
Restaurants, Bakeries

Chocolate Cloud Cookie at Baked

Red Hook

The chocolate cookie is like the sweet midpoint between a dense brownie and an airy meringue, with a crackly exterior yielding to a rich, fudgy middle. $2.25.

Photograph: Courtesy Winona Barton-Ballentine
Restaurants, Bakeries

Salted Peanut Butter Cookie at Ovenly


This Brooklyn bakery produces a mean (gluten-free!) cookie. Made with smooth, all-natural peanut butter and topped with a dash of sea salt to balance out the sweetness, it’s addictive, decadent and good for you. Win-win-win. $3.25.

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