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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

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


Chocolate Chip Walnut at Levain Bakery

At this UWS nook, size matters. Seductively gooey on the inside and golden brown on the outside, this Holy Grail of cookies 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. The only thing worse than waiting on the long line out the door is the sinking feeling you’ll get when you’re left with no more bites. $4.

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Upper West Side

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

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.

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Little Italy

Black ‘N’ Whites at Glaser’s Bake Shop

A black-and-white cookie is like the Empire State Building of cookies. A New York City icon, few varieties trump the dessert staple, and one of the oldest in town is also the best—these spongy rounds from the 114-year-old bakery. A yin-yang slathering of vanilla and chocolate is the icing on the cake, er, cookie. $1.50.

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Upper East Side

Compost Cookie at Momofuku Milk Bar

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.

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Midtown West

Kitchen Sink at Amy’s Bread

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. $2.50.

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Hell's Kitchen

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie With Milk at Untitled

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. $8.

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Meatpacking District

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.

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S’mores Cookie at Milk & Cookies Bakery

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. $2.85.

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West Village

Salty Chocolate Chip Cookie at Butter & Scotch

The team calls it “the best damn chocolate chip cookie you’ve ever tasted” on the menu at this bakery-bar-cum-soda-fountain from Allison Kave and Keavy Blueher, and they’re not far off—buttery crispiness and chocolate gooeyness are both accounted for, all set off with a delectable sprinkling of sea salt. $3

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Crown Heights

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. $2.75.

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TKO at Bouchon Bakery

It's the most elegant Oreo cookie you've ever had (TKO stands for Thomas Keller Oreo): Deeply chocolatey wafers sandwich a glossy, piped center of smooth white-chocolate cream. $3.95

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Upper West Side

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Pooja C

No love for Schmackary's and City Cakes? Lame.

Jennifer R

With the growing vegan population in nyc, I was hoping at least one would be here :(

Becky J

@Jennifer R Schmackary's has gluten free and vegan options for their cookie selections. They're on 45th street and 9th ave. I think you can call ahead and request (if they haven't already made them for the day) gluten free/vegan cookies to be baked and delivered. It's my favorite cookie spot in NYC, give it a try :)

Janice Marie F

Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates near to me in Midtown Sacramento has super delish Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Truffle Cookies :-D sooooo gooooood :-D