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Levain Bakery

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167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-2216
+1 212-874-6080
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2015

Craving something sweet that is good quality and will keep you more than satisfied? Then these cookies will do it for you! They are served warm, and are so exquisite that it's hard to stop eating once you make the first bite. They melt in your mouth and leave you speechless. I also wish I was having one as I'm... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

It's a tiny place on 74th, UWS. It has the most delicious cookies I've ever tasted, like pieces of heaven in a cookie shape.

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Thank Thiago S
Belgrade, Serbia
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220 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2015

Extremely high quality (although expensive) chewy piece of heaven. Have been many times over a three week holiday... I can't decide which cookie is the best. Try all four. Breads are also excellent, especially whole wheat one. Crowded always unfortunately, even in bad weather. To answer one review that said you should go to Eric Kayser instead because this has... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

You always wonder if venues deserve their rating but this place is a definitive YES! It can be easy to miss as it is small and unassuming on the outside but after travelling 4,000 miles across the pond to check it out, I was not disappointed. Be prepared to join a long line but your patience will be treated with... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 17, 2015

at this point levain is as much a ‘secret’ and ‘hidden gem’ as times square, and really, it’s about a joint that makes cookies. a TOTAL tourist destination. no longer a neighbourhood favourite by any measure because it is packed to the gills with tourists. cross broadway and go to eric keyser (NW corner Broadway and 75th), a branch of... More 

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Niteroi, RJ
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

As you struggle to find this small cookie shop youre finally rewarded at the end, when you first enter the shop you can smell what i imagine heaven smells like, its a mix of chocolate and batter that makes your mouth watters as you inhale the new baked cookies.... it is in fact the best cookie i ever had, the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Did not disappoint! Lived up to all the other great reviews...the one problem we had was choosing what to have! Dark chocolate peanut butter cookie is a must and don't overlook the coffee as it is more than a match for the excellent treats on offer.

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Thank Chris L
NYC
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2015

I lived in New York for 10 years and fell in love with Levain. The cookies are huge, good for getting a few and sharing. There is often a line but unlike some things in New York these cookies are worth it. A must-do for cookie fans visiting the Upper West Side. Lots of great restaurants in the area as... More 

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2015

Levain Bakery is a hidden gem. Thanks to Tripadvisor, I added it to my to-do-list when visiting NYC. I love chocolate in all its forms but a good cookie remains one of my fave's. The chocolate cookie is BIG, I shared it with my sister. It came straight from the oven, some pieces of chocolate were still warm/melted. Seriously, I... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2015

A small storefront identified by the bright blue awning (and the possible gathering or line out front) on 74th St on the Upper West Side houses delectable cookies. With four flavors to choose from, you can't go wrong though my personal favorites are the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and the Dark Chocolate Chocolate chip. Warm and gooey, you will quickly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$23
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-2216
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080
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.

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