Levain Bakery

Central Harlem, New York
  • The experts at Serious Eats and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Mike C.
    "Try the chocolate chip walnut cookie - Wow, completely raw today."(7 Tips)
    "Best cookie in NYC, hands down."(5 Tips)
    Adrian P.
    "double chocolate peanut butter cookie and the chocolate brioche."(4 Tips)
    Teresa E.
    "Double chocolate cookie is to die for!!"(19 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
  • cookies
  • casual
  • authentic
  • pastries
  • family-friendly
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  • Heba-I-am
    Heba-I-amSeptember 14
    The cookies will definitely make your day! I had the chocolate and peanut butter one and i almost cried from happiness. It is so gooey 🤤🤤 It's a giant cookie too
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraJune 28
    Perfect cookie, in my book
  • Alex R.
    Cute place, bigger than UWS, amazing cookies for 4 dollars
  • Tariq A.
    Tariq AhmadApril 30
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cookies in NYC. Period. Opt for one of each (four cookies total) and they each weigh six ounces.
  • Mikhail K.
    A friend of mine told me these are the best cookies in the city. Just confirmed.
  • jasmine j.
    Their chocolate chip cookie is absolutely amazing! Nice little crunch on the outside and soft on the inside with a nice cup of milk was great 😊
  • Justin F.
    Double chocolate cookie is heavenly
  • sat p.
    sat pDecember 30, 2016
    Pro-Tip: Cookie dough gets sent down to the 74th st Levain from here, and here there's almost never a line, unlike at 74th...
  • Ozge K.
    Ozge Kesim YurtseverNovember 27, 2016
    The best cookies I've ever had!!
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 24, 2016
    hefty portions. double chocolate cookies are DEEP
  • Arda K.
    Arda KağızmanNovember 19, 2016
    Chocolate peanut butter chip cookie is mind blowing!!
  • reghu m.
    reghu mohandasOctober 15, 2016
    Awesome cookies. Must eat!
  • Asli S.
    Asli SinarSeptember 13, 2016
    The double chocolate chocolate chip cookie is incredible.
  • Globetrottergirls D.
    Globetrottergirls DaniAugust 26, 2016
    Best cookies in NYC. So worth the $4 😁
  • Alexandra T.
    Alexandra TritzAugust 12, 2016
    Try a peanut butter cookie, they are awesome !
  • Kaori Y.
    Kaori YokotaAugust 4, 2016
    Chocochip walnut cookie
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WeinbergerJuly 27, 2016
    Amazing cookies! Double chocolate.
  • Reg W.
    Reg WilliamsJuly 16, 2016
  • Maria C.
    Maria Corea-GrayJuly 1, 2016
    All the cookies, scones, coffees. ..everything
  • Ram S.
    Ram SossJune 23, 2016
    The cookies
    Upvoted Sep 9
  • Wheeler
    WheelerMay 30, 2016
    The chocolate chip walnut cookies are amazing! I think about them in my sleep!
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMay 25, 2016
    Buy a cookie. Split it with someone else.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithMay 8, 2016
    Double chocolate peanut butter is not messing around with that peanut butter. These cookies are enormous.
  • Alexandros P.
    I don't remember tasting a better cookie, probably in my whole lifetime (chocolate chip walnut). Don't miss it if you are in NYC.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyMarch 24, 2016
    Cookie nirvana
  • Eleni M.
    Eleni MoschovakouMarch 20, 2016
    The chocolate and walnut cookie is indeed very tasty and it's quite big
  • Ray P.
    Ray Perea KuriMarch 20, 2016
    Best cookies in town!
  • Tim F.
    Tim FrietasMarch 9, 2016
    Personally I think only the chocolate chip walnut cookie is truly good, but that makes it worth a trip if you're nearby.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SiekmeierMarch 8, 2016
    All of the cookies and the pasties are excellent.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CarrilloMarch 4, 2016
    Everything is delicious! Be prepared to wait in line outside for a while, but totally worth it.
  • Devonta
    DevontaJanuary 25, 2016
    Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookie is heaven.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BelairesJanuary 10, 2016
    All the cookies are amazing and huge !
  • Leticia T.
    Leticia TavaresJanuary 9, 2016
    Cookies are amazing!!
  • Teresa E.
    Teresa Esteban CasanellesDecember 19, 2015
    Double chocolate cookie is to die for!!
  • Lesley C.
    Lesley CorderoNovember 21, 2015
    The walnut chocolate chip cookie: life changing.
  • Candice R.
    Candice RiveraOctober 30, 2015
    Chocolate chip and double chocolate chip are heaven!!!
  • Yvette L.
    Yvette LiuSeptember 13, 2015
    By far the best cookies in town. Seriously no other place that can compare
  • Ruben Garcia M.
    Ruben Garcia MohedanoSeptember 6, 2015
    Chocolate chip, walnut cookie; or the mother of all cookies!
  • Anna N.
    Anna NYCAugust 31, 2015
    Chocolate chip cookies
  • Adil I.
    Adil IbrahimAugust 23, 2015
    I live so close to it and get these cookies often. I was skeptical of the hype, but these cookies are worth it because of 1) their size, and 2) their crunchy outside + soft and gooey inside.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsAugust 23, 2015
    I had the double chocolate peanut butter cookie and the chocolate brioche. The cookies are thick and gooey and the brioche is filled with so much tasty chocolate.
  • Sandi T.
    Sandi ThorpeJuly 25, 2015
    Chocolate Chip Cookies!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJuly 3, 2015
    Get a chocolate chip walnut cookie & a blueberry muffin :)
  • Myer
    MyerJune 21, 2015
    Double chocolate cookie
  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroJune 11, 2015
    Chocolate chip cookies are both hefty and sweet.
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintJune 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go away and leave my chocolate brioches alone. They're always sold out when I get there! Fortunately cookies are baked all day long.
  • Sam W.
    Sam WinnickMay 20, 2015
    The best cookies ever and my favorite item is the semi sweet chocolate sour dough roll.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsApril 21, 2015
    JUST on the edge, value-wise. I wish the chocolate chip didn't have walnuts 😩
  • Jorge A. G.
    Jorge A. GuzmanApril 12, 2015
    Chocolate chip walnut and milk!
  • Katie A.
    Katie AtwellMarch 30, 2015
    best cookies ever
  • Malikah N.
    Malikah NelsonFebruary 20, 2015
    The Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are AHHH-Mazing!!!
  • ⚡️ Shaun T.
    ⚡️ Shaun TollertonFebruary 14, 2015
    Watch these guys make some of the best tasting chocolate and walnut cookies. They're served chunky, warm and gooey.
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonDecember 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the one on UWS better, but this branch tends to have a shorter line and the same great cookies
  • Darrian D.
    Darrian DouglasNovember 19, 2014
  • Datrianna M.
    Datrianna MeeksNovember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Literally the best cookies I've EVER had!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GiganteOctober 29, 2014
    I used to live across the street. Believe the hype. Plus, people are very nice.
  • Akiko B.
    Akiko BombitaSeptember 13, 2014
    I hate walnuts but the chocolate chip walnut cookie is too damn good! And if you want something delicious but not overly sweet you can't go wrong with the blueberry muffin!
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettSeptember 11, 2014
    Perhaps the best cookies in NYC
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinSeptember 7, 2014
    Best bakery in New York. Hands down.
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CarrSeptember 1, 2014
    Best cookies in NYC. Also at Amsterdam and 74th.
  • Datrianna M.
    Datrianna MeeksAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cookies are huge and tasty!!
  • Emma S.
    Emma SarachanAugust 8, 2014
    If you can finish a cheeseburger you can finish a cheeseburger-sized cookie. Don't be a wimp.
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TrangJuly 25, 2014
  • Compass
    CompassMay 15, 2014
    Tuck into oversize chocolate chip cookies, pastries, and more at the renowned bakery’s uptown locale.
  • Amanda Y.
    Amanda YepezMay 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The cookies are enormous & delicious! The kitchen is very impressive. Grab some treats & sit on the bench outside on a beautiful day!
  • Kriston W.
    Kriston WatermanApril 22, 2014
    Best cookies ever. The dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies can make any frown turn into a smile.
  • sumaoli
    sumaoliApril 10, 2014
    The best baguette and cookies around.
  • Paresa K.
    Paresa KouhestaniApril 8, 2014
    The double chocolate chip cookies are so amazing and delicious. Completely life changing!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KaoMarch 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Big ass cookies!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chocolate chip walnut cookie - Wow, completely raw today. The best ever.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Raisin Sticky Bun
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie - Too good.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony ChoulouteSeptember 29, 2013
    The cookies are so damn good.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroSeptember 24, 2013
    Fresh warm cookies. Smells like comfort up in here!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chocolate chip walnut cookie - Best pound of cookie ever
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie - So rich
  • Paula F.
    Paula FerreiraJuly 11, 2013
    One of the best cookies I've ever tasted!!!
  • Erin V.
    Erin VillaniJuly 11, 2013
    Best bakery in NYC! Cookies are all amazing. Dark chocolate chocolate chip is my favorite! Blueberry muffin is also to die for!
  • KP
    KPJune 17, 2013
    Double chocolate chip cookie is pretty amazing.
  • Harlem A.
    No one is quite sure why there is only a bench for indoor seating, but then again..it would be one crowded cafe if you went for those cookies alone. With an UWS spot AND the Hamptons what a following!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorMarch 21, 2013
    It's too bad it wasn't made into a full cafe, as this has become a tourist magnet in it's own right. Cozy and quirky, the place has personality. Cookies are of monster proportions & coffee is good.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 15, 2013
    People love Levain Bakery for their oversized, indecently doughy cookies.
  • California
    CaliforniaJanuary 11, 2013
    Chocolate Chip cookie is heaven.
  • Tones
    TonesNovember 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There are no words to describe the great quality of these baked goods! Each bite is like spending a second in heaven. Yummy in my tummy!
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa MedinaSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The chocolate chip cookies are amazing!!!!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauSeptember 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Chocolate Chip Brioche - Massive, just like their cookies
  • DVT
    DVTSeptember 15, 2012
    Raisin cookie :)
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VJune 27, 2012
    The cookies are kind of like cakes in disguise. (Not for those counting calories) #dulce
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VMay 27, 2012
    $4 cookies??? I was skeptical at first .... But now I am a believer!!!! Oatmeal Raisin is my favorite
  • Bernadette R.
    Bernadette RobinsonJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    imma gain about 5lbs from the double chocolate cookie.... so good :-)
  • Abiola A.
    Abiola AbramsJanuary 2, 2012
    In addition to having the best cookies in the city, Levain Bakery allowed me to shoot a mini video episode advice guide in their shop. Here it is! Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 4, 2011
    We love their decision to keep it simple and do it amazingly well! There’s only four cookie options, but they’re all amazing (Chocolate Chip Walnut). Get a blueberry muffin too!!
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LSeptember 24, 2011
    The chocolate peanut butter cookie FTW!!!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RothsteinSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The blueberry muffins seem to have shrunk but are still the best in the city!!!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RuizAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great for your sweet tooth and caffeine fix
  • Howcast
    HowcastAugust 11, 2011
    These cookies leave any tummy feeling full and satisfied, but they can't replace the fun of making your own homemade treats! http://ow.ly/60HkV Read more
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttJuly 26, 2011
    Try the chocolate peanut butter cookies. Read more
  • Guilherme S.
    Guilherme SAugust 2
    é o cookie mais famoso de Nova York. Não tem pra ninguém. Crocante por fora, macio por dentro. http://www.lauraperuchi.com/category/gastronomia Read more
  • Ульяна О.
    Возьмите одно печеньешоколадом и орехами), через дорогу купите кофе в Cafeine и идите в Central Park завтракать к озеру Pool.
  • Daniela B.
    Daniela BronfenmajerAugust 25, 2013
    La de chocolate con nueces es increible!
  • Braga
    BragaApril 24, 2012
    Calorias para tirar qualquer um da depressão, o melhor cookie de toda galáxia. Vale o rolê e você ainda conhece o Harlem. Altamente recomendável.
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