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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This Bushwick bakery operation turns out a textbook chocolate chip cookie—with a hint of a crunch on the outside and a nice, chewy center—that's studded with melted morsels of bittersweet chocolate. $2
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Brooklynites don’t need to trek to Chinatown to find good Shanghainese food—just head to Greenpoint to dine at M Greenpoint. Plop down at one of the tables and go to town on the menu of dim sum favorites. Think hot and sour soup ($8), scallion pancakes ($7), the juicy pork buns also known as xiao long bao ($9 for six) and ma-pao tofu ($11.50). Vegetarians will be happy to hear that M Shanghai Bistro offers both a vegan and vegetarian version of their menu to make ordering sans meat that much easier. Wash down all the steamed dumplings and spicy stir-fried vegetables with big pots of oolong, chrysanthemum or green tea ($4 for a small, $6 for a large).