Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery

Bakery$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 5, 2014
    Get the chocolate chip cookie. The secret to these cookies is an incredibly craggly crust with toffee-like flavors baked in, then a nearly-raw crumb at the center. Read more
  • Dang L.
    Dang LeAugust 13, 2014
    Giant, wonderful, delicious, heaven-in-every-bite cookies!!! $4 per cookie. Four types to choose from: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin.
    Upvoted May 17
  • Jannette G.
    Jannette GMarch 13, 2016
    Their cookies are crispy on the outside&warm&gooey on the inside;amazing! It goes great with some ice cream.Each cookie is $4.Even if u don't like walnuts try their chocolate chip walnut🍪
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Brianna C.
    Brianna CadalzoSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate chip walnut cookie surpassed all my hopes and dreams. Crunchy on the outside with a center of warm, delicious gooey-ness and melted chocolate
  • Lydia J.
    Lydia JungFebruary 23, 2016
    LOVE. I get a couple of the choc chip walnut cookies, eat the outsides and then save some of the gooey innards for later. Then I'll pop them into my toaster oven and rebake for a few minutes.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 23
    Some will tell you that the Chocolate Chip Walnut is the best , but they are wrong: the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip is the clear winner, even though it doesn't Instagram nearly as well.... Read more
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedAugust 19, 2016
    I still don’t know whether it’s their texture, their flavor, or their size that makes these chocolate chip cookies so good, but they’re undeniably one of the most popular baked goods in NYC. Read more
  • Yazeed A.
    Yazeed AlMogrenApril 28, 2016
    Best cookies in NY, if you are in love with chocolate try dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie
  • Peter S.
    Peter SesekSeptember 10, 2016
    Everything was great! We got the brioche, chocolate chip brioche, chocolate chip banana bread and chocolate chip walnut cookie. Only critique is the chocolate chip brioche was slightly under cooked.
  • Roger R.
    Roger RJune 2, 2016
    The chocolate chocolate chip is the best cookie I've ever had..it's the most decadent amazing thing they sell. Around the corner the deli sells cold milk...buy some you will need it for sure!!
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 17, 2016
    Get the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie! These giant lumps of sinfully (read: perfectly) undercooked dough are Instagram ready….if you can manage to take a picture before diving in headfirst. Read more
  • Ashley C.
    These cookies are big, heavy, kinda deformed....but SO GOOD. Probably the best oatmeal raisin cookie I've had (I usually never go for these) and the chocolate chip walnut one is heavenly too.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanNovember 3, 2013
    Get the chocolate chip cookie. It's not a cookie though it's a heavenly cookie/muffin/scone of deliciousness, the likes of which you have never tasted. They are big enough to share, but get two types!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonDecember 13, 2014
    Best cookies in NYC. Maybe even the best I've ever had. Dark chocolate chocolate chip is my personal fave, but the chocolate chip walnut is the most popular. They don't sell milk, so plan accordingly
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ColesFebruary 21, 2016
    Big chunky and rich dark chocolate chip cookies are #1 for NYC desert for a reason. Line out the door most days but moves fast. Get cookies with a cup of milk and walk to central park to enjoy!
  • Meli
    MeliAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Being a complete glutton at Levain's Bakery is socially acceptable. The oatmeal raisin scones are a must-have! Order milk or an ice coffee with it & you won't be disappointed. Best scones in the city!
  • Matt
    MattFebruary 18, 2013
    This is my favorite dessert in the world. Not something you can have everyday but a few times a year it hits the spot. The chocolate chip walnut cookie is out of this world. Make sure u get milk!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best cookie in the world. Phenomenal and a New York City standard. Also great walnut bread, chocolate brioche and banana breas. Just buy it all. The quintessential New York bakery.
  • Rowan Q.
    Rowan QuirkMarch 27
    Omg this place smells soooo good when you walk in! It's tiny, but a hopping place. All the breads are vegan and they have chocolate rolls that are vegan and to die for.
  • Sana C.
    Sana CurrimbhoyAugust 7, 2014
    The chocolate chip walnut cookie is absolutely amazing. They are big and it's the perfect combination of soft and gooey on the inside and crunchy on the outside. One of the best cookies in NYC.
  • Meli
    MeliMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    most amazingly delicious cookies you can possibly eat. They look like scones but weigh like a brick. The Raisin Oatmeal & the dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies are must tries! Add milk! $4/each
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.April 27, 2016
    At first I didn't get why people were queueing outside, but then I had a dark chocolate peanut cookie and all my doubts got and answer. Highly recommended!
  • Glenn M.
    Glenn McGrathOctober 26, 2015
    For the best Cookies this is the perfect place to go,every kind of cookies they bake here,very perfect and professional chefs they have,especially a valuable place for children. definitely recommend.
  • Khalil i.
    Khalil ibitefoodAugust 20, 2014
    One of the best cookies I've had where it's crispy on the outside and melting on the inside . Great walnut cookie followed by a chocolate chocolate chip .
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Dense, soft, large and out of the oven gooey – what more can you want from the greatest chocolate chip walnut cookie ever made? It was golden brown on top, yet had melting chocolate chips in each bite
  • Cali Z.
    Cali ZimmermanOctober 28, 2014
    If heaven sold cookies... Get the oatmeal raisin or chocolate walnut. Actually decently priced as they each weigh half a pound. Watch out for celeb sightings!!
  • Angel C.
    Angel C.November 3, 2015
    Best cookies in the world. As big as slabs of scones, and they're slightly undone, warm, and gooey in the center. Lines move pretty quickly, so it's definitely worth the wait.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    There's no surer thing in New York City than the fact that if you bring Levain cookies to any gathering—a birthday, a dinner party, whatever—everyone will completely lose their minds. Read more
  • Adrien
    AdrienMay 14, 2016
    Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie is it has to be only one! Right off the oven when the middle is still gooey. Also buy milk or coffee for the bodega shop at the corner for ultimate combo
  • Andie E.
    Andie EstesMarch 25, 2016
    In all honesty, the selling point of these cookies is that they are warm. I waited an hour for the cookie, and it was a good cookie, but my personal recipe is truly better!
  • champion truck l.
    champion truck linesApril 30, 2016
    Best cookies ever tasted. Crunchy on the outside, mushy on the inside. The choc-peanut butter and choc chip cookies are the best so far. The shop is clean, and the service efficient.
  • Camilo G.
    Camilo GaviriaJune 24, 2015
    Definitely this is NY's cookie kingdom! Not because of the size, since it's a pretty small humble bakery, but for the awesomeness of their cookies! Never before had I had a cookie like theirs!!!
  • Terri R.
    Terri RFebruary 2, 2015
    Best cookies ever! If you're in the area, you must try Levain. The middle of my chocolate chip cookie was perfectly warm, soft, gooey, and oozing with delicious chocolateyness.
  • JR N.
    JR NewJanuary 8, 2015
    Get the dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie. Savor half but bring the other half home. Stick it in the oven (I did 10min at 300 deg F). Toasty on the outside, gooey in the middle. A revelation.
  • Sabina B.
    Sabina B.September 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Welcome to heaven. One freshly baked cookie from here is everything you dreamed of, and more. Take a cab to the UWS just to visit this place. Also, the tartines are great for breakfast.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 4, 2013
    You just found your meal for the day. Levain’s cookies are the size of baseballs, and they’re some of the best in the city.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SotoNovember 25, 2015
    The Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate PB Chip along with their Pumpkin Loaf are all fantastic and worth the trip and wait.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 10, 2011
    Rocco DiSpirito craves the Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies and other baked goods at Levain Bakery in New York, NY, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Juston P.
    Juston PayneMarch 10, 2012
    Oh, you're on a date and are planning to split a walnut chocolate chip cookie? That's really sweet, but here's a tip: if you want to become lovebirds and not snarling dogs, just get your own cookies.
  • Molly D.
    Molly DayApril 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone is lured in by the chocolate chip cookies (which are heavenly), but it's the raisin scones that I absolutely adore! And if your pup is with you, ask for a treat. :)
  • Heather
    HeatherJuly 25, 2015
    Cookies, cookies, cookies. You cannot go wrong with any of them, but the chocolate chip walnut is my fav, with a slightly undercooked inside. Best cookie in the city!
  • Erica E.
    Erica EllisJuly 31, 2013
    the store front is slightly hard to see, but you'll know it once you see it! I got the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, it was so good, easily shareable. Just needed milk!
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 11, 2014
    The Valrhona Roll is one of the best things I've ever eaten in my life. Get there early (8am) before they sell out. And eat while the chocolate is still gooey.
  • George d.
    George de BrigardAugust 9, 2014
    All of the cookies are great! And you can have them at every meal—every time we bring them as a house present, people end up eating them for breakfast!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 22, 2011
    The most delicious cookies you can find in the city. They're huge, thick, chewy, and well worth the $4 price tag. Definitely try the chocolate chip walnut cookie.
  • Village V.
    Village VoiceAugust 8, 2012
    Chewy, monstrous and packed with semi-sweet chips and walnuts, the chocolate chip cookie will be your new favorite. #2 on Tejal Rao's 10 Best Pastro Shops in New York
  • Kosha S.
    Kosha ShahOctober 15, 2014
    Giant cookies that melt in your mouth. They probably weigh as much as a baby. My brother loves on the same street so i go each time I visit him! Try the double chocolate chip! 🍪
  • D K.
    D KJuly 24, 2016
    The dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie is heavenly, the best one.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WoosterDecember 11, 2016
    The chocolate cookies with peanut butter are the best cookies of my life. You cannot eat an entire one, it's too much
  • Rowan Q.
    Rowan QuirkApril 29
    The chocolate rolls are vegan and so are the whole wheat, walnut raisin rolls. The raisin ones are absolutely to die for!
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