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“Best chocolate chip cookie in NYC!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery
Ranked #2 of 441 Dessert in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $23
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
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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“Best chocolate chip cookie in NYC!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I finally made my way to the Upper West Side to try Levain Bakery. By far, on of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. I think it blows City Bakery out of the water. Go!!! They are delicious. The bakery is small so don't plan on a long stay.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

If you are in the upper west side you have to stop by this bakery! in fact it's worth going out of your way for. We tried the chocolate & peanut butter cookie and the oat and raisin - soooooo good! It's a tiny little doorway (below the street level), so keep your eyes open. my mouth is watering just thinking about it :-)

  • Visited September 2012
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“Excelent cookies”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

Go! Best cookie I've ever had. It is a small place and there is almost no space to stay, so just pass by, grab your food and go for a walk.

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“Generous and full of flavors”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

Small little place down the stairs. The people who work there are very helpful and their service is beyond great.
They great everyone who comes with a smile. This enhances the whole experience...

The food is too good. I had the chocolate chip brioche which was good but too sweet, in case you have a sweet tooth then there is no issue :o i also had a chocolate chip cookie with walnut, this is a huge cookie, mushy and tastes so good for only 4$!

You can sit there on the counter to quickly eat your food or take it away like most people do.

The place is highly recommended and a piece of advice, come there in the morning with an empty stomach, you will enjoy the food more :)

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“Soo Yummy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

I stopped by this bakery because of the rave reviews and they were all right! Delicious!!!! Definitely put this on you NYC itinerary.

  • Visited October 2012
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