Dessert: Levain Bakery

July 21, 2010 By: Serena



I’m just going to go ahead and say it – Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip cookies are the best I’ve had. Ever. I mean, look at the ratio of gooey chocolate to dough in that picture.  Is there really any debate?

“Chocolate chip cookie” is a loose term often used to describe anything from bland dough with a morsel wedged in…somewhere, to the work of art that is the Levain cookie.  Weighty, dense yet airy, and chock-full of walnuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips or raisins, a Levain cookie can be a meal, a late night binge, a hearty breakfast if you will.  I sampled the oatmeal raisin:

as well as the chocolate chip walnut, which I lovingly cross-sectioned in the first picture.

These cookies are not to be taken lightly.  They are heavy and rich – you can almost taste the butter in each bite.  I ate a whole one by myself (keep in mind, I think they must weigh about a half pound each).  My stomach might have hated me, but I had no regrets.  Put another Levain cookie in front of me, and I’ll devour it again in a heartbeat.

You need to try these cookies!

Levain Bakery
167 West 74th St. (off Amsterdam)

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18 Comments to “Dessert: Levain Bakery”

  1. Must. Come. To. NYC. Now.

    YUM! The best kinds of desserts are the ones where you can taste the butter!

  2. I am right on Kate's heels I WANT these. I have been craving sweets for days now and I NEED that cookie!!

  3. Ah, really need to stop reading your posts when I'm hungry! Butter….

  4. The Less Than Domestic Goddess says:

    Why ya gotta be so MEAN?! Me = 3,000+ miles away from NYC and those cookies. I'll try my best to live vicariously through you. That first picture…I think I'm in love :)

  5. Oh my that looks amazing. Please call me the next time you're on the hunt for a delicious NYC dessert, I would be happy to weigh in! ;)

  6. Those cookies look amazing!

  7. brooke @ claremont road says:

    I want to go to there.

  8. lavenderpug says:

    levain is great for the whole slightly underbaked cookie dough thing–yummm…also, have you tried the cc cookies at jacques torres? totally yummy!

  9. Kristin ~ Bien Living Design says:

    Well, I know which place is on my MUST list for my next NYC trip….YUM!!! Chocolate Chip cookies are my absolute favorite!

  10. mintedlife says:

    Do you need my address? I'd love a cookie. :) Yum. I will have a lot of food stops for my next NYC trip!

  11. Ooo must try!

  12. i'm so mad that you posted that picture! now i'm dying to have a chocolate chip cookie. i'm not usually an oatmeal raisin fan but that looks good to me too.

  13. BigAppleNosh says:

    @lavenderpug no I haven't tried the JT cookies! next on my list :)


    Wow I honestly didn't even know that was a choc chip cookie from the picture because there was so much chocolate! I will have to visit :)

  15. Try Anything Once Terri says:

    This is going on the list now.


  16. Umm, yes please. Take me here on my visit :)

  17. I don't know how I'm just finding your blog, but I'm really enjoying it.

    I had to comment because that is by far the most appetizing picture of a levain bakery cookie (maybe of any cookie) that I've ever seen.

  18. Home made chocolate chip cookies are yum. I will definitely try this one out.


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