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Levain Bakery

Restaurants, Bakeries Upper West Side
5 out of 5 stars
(19user reviews)
Levain Bakery (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsLevain Bakery
Levain Bakery (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsLevain Bakery
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Levain Bakery (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels)
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Lunchtime means cookietime. At Levain Bakery the cookies are so huge, they might as well be lunch. These massive mounds stay underdone in the middle, making them a boon to cookie-dough lovers. Don’t miss the lush, brownielike double-chocolate number.



Address: 167 W 74th St
New York
Cross street: between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St (Broadway)
Price: Average cookie: $4. Amex, MC, V
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 9am–7pm
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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You may be justifiably suspicious when people tell you about the best brunch spot in town, or the best cupcake or pizza, but for once, the title is well deserved and very difficult to challenge when it comes to the Levain bakery, home of the best cookie in New York and possibly the world. This may be in part because the cookie is much more than you imagine: a very generous serving of dough, served fresh and hot, with a decadent middle of chocolate, peanut butter (or both) that melts in your mouth and leaves you feeling as you’ve had full meal at the end. You may be put off by the queue in front of the bakery or by the decor which is nothing special, but this is certainly a place worth queuing for and one where the emphasis is solely on delighting your tastebuds. And that, Levain bakery excels at. This is definitely a spot not to miss if you happen to be on the upper west side. 

This place is a gem, delicious cookies the size of your fist (almost). They are baked fresh so the filings, I chose chocolate, are full of melty goodness. Be warned there will be a queue even mid week, but it is worth the wait. I wish they'd come to London!

BEST. COOKIES. EVER.  I'm not one to wait on lines, or encourage people to wait on lines, but i'll make an exception for a walnut chocolate chip cookie from Levain.  Ooey, gooey, and delicious.  These treats are massive, but you won't want to share, trust me.  If you happen to be on the UWS, don't pass this place by.  The line and the smell of cookies in the air will guide you to the right place! 

I am something of a dessert connoisseur, I love it. A lot. It's pretty difficult to find a cookie that I haven't tried in NYC and without a doubt the chocolate chip walnut cookie from Levain is the best. It is truly INCREDIBLE. Soft, yet crisp. Well-balanced, and not overly nutty. It is truly perfect in cookie form. It costs almost $5, which for a cookie is kind of insane, but it is WORTH IT. The line is crazy on weekends, luckily the staff moves fast. But your best bet is definitely a weekday.  

The walnut chocolate chip cookies at Levain have been rated as the BEST cookie in the country - and it's worthy of the honor! The cookies at Levain are what have made this place famous. They're huge (will cost you a few bucks though) and are so delicious. Expect to wait on a line that goes down the block to get your hands on these cookies, even at an off-peak time!

Levain! They have the BEST chocolate chip walnut cookie ever. These ladies are serious about their cookies. My boyfriend lives down the block so we're having these cookies CONSTANTLY. I've only had the chocolate chip walnut because every time it's just too good to try something else. I may get adventurous one of these days. Maybe. Beware, these cookies are huge. Very shareable (won't judge you if you don't though). 

You'd swear Beyonce was in their serving cookies if you saw the line every day - all day every day - but then you EAT one of those cookies and you KNOW why their is a line. Seriously the best treat in the city.

I just recently visited NY and my friend said that I had to try Levain's cookies, so we did it was so yummy that I had to bring some back for my fiance he's a cookie lover. I bought 2 chocolate chip walnut, 1 oatmeal raisin, and 1 dark chocolate chip they were all amazingly delicious. Surprisingly the cookies still taste great and fresh after a day and a half of traveling back to TX. I thought that 4 large cookies would last him longer than 4 days. I am certain that we will be ordering online in the future because it so GOOD!

Levain Bakery lives up to its name. If you like cookies, you must try Levain's cookies (I had the chocolate-chip walnut cookie). If you don't like cookies (there may be something seriously wrong with you), Levain has a plethora of sweet and savory carbs to make your day. This bakery sells happiness baked in-house. Highly recommended ツ 

Their chocolate chip cookies have my heart! It's hard to find a place in Manhattan that looks and tastes like quality home cooked pastries, but Levain has figured it out. The UWS location is also a family friendly neighborhood, giving the bakery even more of a homey glow as you dig into the awesomeness. It's one of the few places that's a hit with all the generations in my family.

I have never finished a Levain bakery cookie and that is a good thing. Though you might wait on a line that trails down a full city block, the time spent is well worth it once you get your hands on one of these muffin-sized, warm, incredible cookies. The chocolate chip walnut, in my opinion, is a New York staple - we like things bigger and better here, and this is exactly that. Bring 3-4 friends to share your cookie with and keep you company in line and then take a stroll on the Upper West Side (or through Central Park) and you won't be sorry. 

These $4 cookies are well-worth the wait and the price. When I first tried them 4 years ago I expected them to be totally overhyped, but to this day I am completely addicted to these cookies and all other cookies pale in comparison (even my own GRANDMOTHER'S, and she makes a damn good chic chip cookie). Conveniently located just off of the 2/3 express train at 72nd St, I pick these up for special occasions and office birthday parties, and they are always a hit.

Levain is most famous for its oversized cookies that are the size of a brick. Because of their enormity, the centers are often uncooked, making them gooey and even more delicious than you can imagine. Try whatever is hot! Prepare for a long line but well worth the wait. Baguettes and other goodies are also sold but keep your eye on the prize--stock up on cookies.

The cookies here are incredible. Well worth queuing for, and if you turn up on a rainy day, you're likely to beat the crowds as theres no outdoor shelter. Don't expect these to be remotely healthy though (they are essentially butter), which explains why they taste so God damn good! These also travel pretty well if you want to take them across borders for friends/family. Levain are pretty good at providing wax bags to keep them fresh, just let them know! 

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