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Levain Bakery

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167 West 74th Street, New York City, NY 10023
+1 212-874-6080
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: Nestled in New York City's Upper West Side, Levain headquarters is a cozy...
Nestled in New York City's Upper West Side, Levain headquarters is a cozy neighborhood bakery where locals are greeted by name. A steady stream of loyal regulars stand side by side with tourists, eager to sample the legendary baked goods. From an inventive array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie, everything is baked on-site, fresh every day from the finest natural ingredients. What doesn't sell that day goes to help feed the hungry-a mission that has been solidly in place since the beginning. The bakery was founded in 1994 by friends Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes. At the time, Connie was in banking and Pam in Fashion. The two, both competitive swimmers, trained together for the Ironman and-not surprisingly, as their tireless workouts left them feeling starved for great food- they began a passionate dialog about creating the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie. Within just a few years, Levain Bakery had become a neighborhood institution and a destination for epicurious travelers from around the world. Demand continued to grow. In 2000, to satisfy their regular clientele summering in the Hamptons, the two opened a second bakery in the village of Wainscott on Long Island's East End. And today, through their website, they now ship their world-famous cookies to happy fans around the globe.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Heaven in a biscuit!

Levain's cookies are uniquely sublime, featuring the perfect amount of gooey 'perfection'. Although a bit out of the way to find, they are definitely worth the trip (and the line up!). Chocolate chip is my favorite, but you must try more than one! Don't worry about the calories... You'll have a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jared D
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Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Levain's cookies are uniquely sublime, featuring the perfect amount of gooey 'perfection'. Although a bit out of the way to find, they are definitely worth the trip (and the line up!). Chocolate chip is my favorite, but you must try more than one! Don't worry about the calories... You'll have a life time to work them off afterwards (or go... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stumbled across this gorgeous place by accident. And took our goodies over to Central Park for some 'quiet time'. It was the only time we actually sat still the entire time. It was great eating yummy homemade pastries in such a idealic setting

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Thank TasBriswegian
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

These cookies are to die for and genuinely the best I have ever had by a distant mile. I would travel all the way from Scotland again just for these!! Go get them :)

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Thank Mr_and_Mrs_M_14
Scarsdale, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When you walk into the Levain Bakery on West 74th Street, you are embraced with a blast of butter that is infused with every bakery smell that excites the senses! I tried the chocolate chip and the chocolate peanut butter cookies and I was blown away by the consistency and the taste. As someone who loves a great chocolate chip... More 

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Thank Arthur G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went here for a morning snack on my way to MOMA and oh my goodness, the cookie I had (chocolate chip walnut) was by far the best cookie I have ever had, moist, chewy, warm and delicious. I got there just before it opened and there was a small queue but it moved quickly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good normal cookies. If you're around, then fine, but don't go all the way there just for the cookies, it's not worth it. I liked the dark chocolate one better, but still, nothing extraordinary.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We dropped by Levain on a walk around Central Park, and decided that we had to try one of their cookies - dark chocolate and peanut butter. It was ore the size and shape of an English rock cake, but was incredibly indulgent. The soft and gooey middle was divine, although we shared this and I'm not sure I could... More 

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Thank Maytrea
Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not really a cookie person, but Levain's chocolate chip and walnut cookie is one of my favorite treats of all time. They're delicious and gooey when they're warm, but also amazing even a few days after, still perfectly crunchy on the outside. I stop by whenever I can to grab one or two of them. While these cookies may... More 

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Thank trudiieex3
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the biggest cookie you might actually ever eat by yourself. I love the walnuts and the dough.

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Thank MICHELE C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OH MY GOODNESS!!! Such delicious cookies! I tried these during a recent visit to NYC and I'm still dreaming about them. We had spent the morning in Central Park and made our way over to Levain Bakery to see what all the hype was about in regards to these cookies. Let's just say they didn't disappoint one bit! There were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 167 West 74th Street, New York City, NY 10023
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Nestled in New York City's Upper West Side, Levain headquarters is a cozy neighborhood bakery where locals are greeted by name. A steady stream of loyal regulars stand side by side with tourists, eager to sample the legendary baked goods. From an inventive array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie, everything is baked on-site, fresh every day from the finest natural ingredients. What doesn't sell that day goes to help feed the hungry-a mission that has been solidly in place since the beginning. The bakery was founded in 1994 by friends Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes. At the time, Connie was in banking and Pam in Fashion. The two, both competitive swimmers, trained together for the Ironman and-not surprisingly, as their tireless workouts left them feeling starved for great food- they began a passionate dialog about creating the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie. Within just a few years, Levain Bakery had become a neighborhood institution and a destination for epicurious travelers from around the world. Demand continued to grow. In 2000, to satisfy their regular clientele summering in the Hamptons, the two opened a second bakery in the village of Wainscott on Long Island's East End. And today, through their website, they now ship their world-famous cookies to happy fans around the globe.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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