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“Small place, Good Cookie” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery
Ranked #2 of 435 Dessert in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $22
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Small place, Good Cookie”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

When we went there, we were expecting a large coffee shop; however, it turned out to be a tiny tiny place, and when people would line up the stairway would get too tight. So if you wanna go there, make sure you go there early before it gets too packed!
I got the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, which was pretty good, but not out of this world, like other reviewers described it. At $4 a cookie, it's alright.

Visited August 2013
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“So very, very, VERY good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

I saw this place on TV and thought, yeah right, it's a cookie. How good could it be? Well, it's pretty darn good! It could be the best cookie I've ever eaten. In fact, it was so good I refused to bring one home to my kids for fear that this cookie will forever be the standard for cookies in our home and right now they think mine are the best cookies on the planet! I'll let them think that for a little while longer...but I'll know the truth!
In other words...go! You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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westchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing product”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Every time I go into manhattan my family makes me get this amazing product. However this is not your typical thin and crispy cookie. I'd call it a cross between a cookie and a brownie.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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“The rumours are true- Amazing cookies!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

First day in NYC and I decided I had to check out this tiny bakery which has generated such rave reviews.

Good coffee, beautiful cookies and pastries. Oatmeal and raisin was one of the tastiest (and largest) cookies I have ever tried. Will definitely be going back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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“Side trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

After reading all the rave reviews from Trip Advisor cookie lovers, I could not leave NY without a side trip to this bakery. In the summer heat, it was not easy to convince my companions to go down at the 72nd W metro stop, then walk two blocks towards 74th st, then walk two long blocks past Columbus avenue to get to the tiny bakery. We knew we were on the right track when we saw people walking in the opposite direction eating cookies. I bought some choc chip walnut and dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies to take away which they put in a nice box. I cannot resist ordering an extra cookie to eat on the way to Central Park. It really tasted great, crispy and firm on the outside and soft on the inside with gooey chocolate oozing in the afternoon sun. You will need napkins and a bottle of water. I plan to return to Levain next time I am in NY and this time will try their banana bread and cake slices.

  • Visited July 2013
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