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“Hmmm... Unforgettable cookies...”
Review of Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery
Ranked #2 of 434 Dessert in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $23
Cuisines: Indian, Fast Food
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, 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.
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Both cookies we ordered, dark chocolate and walnut chocolate, were delicious. We had never eaten so yummy cookies... They are big and depending on how hungry the person is, one can serve two. The bakery is small and has two seats by the window. So it is perfect for "to go" orders. People can also sit down in front of the shop. It was really interesting to find such a small place down the stairs with so good flavor! It is not far from the American Natural History museum, so a nice stop after long walk in the museum. Batteries were immediately recharged!!!

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1  Thank FNRO
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

These cookies are good - though, as other reviewers have pointed out, they are domed and soft and quite like a dense scone. Gorgeous flavours though. You really can't come here for a sit down experience so it's misleading that Levain is in the restaurant category. It's also quite 'interesting' getting into the shop so be aware!

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Okay, so I was fairly sure there is no reason to ride a bike several miles for a cookie but my friend and I did. WOW! I would ride 20 miles for their cookies. We tried every variety. My favorite is the walnut chocolate chip. My friend's favorite is the chocolate peanut butter chip. They are huge cookies. We saved a couple for the next day and they were still fresh and delicious. Don't be scared off by the line down the street, it goes very fast. We only waited about 10 minutes. Worth your effort to venture to the Upper West Side to eat their cookies. Next time I am in New York Levain Bakery will be my first stop!

Thank JodyGC
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

While they taste very rich and decedent, they are more like scones than cookies. I was expecting an amazing buttery American cookie. Tasted good though.

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Thank zararm
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

WAY TOO SMALL, too crowded, no amenities. Cookies are good, but pricey. Don't like sitting in a basement munching cookies on a dirty counter surrounded be hordes of tourists (sorry, tourists.). What is the fuss about? AND, NUMBER THREE IN NYC???Tell me you drank the Kool-Aid!
Maybe second time would be better, or Hampton's outpost. Nah, once was enough...

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1  Thank EileenO727
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