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“yummy cookies”
Review of Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery
Ranked #2 of 439 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.
Rome, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“yummy cookies”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

ok , it is touristy and remarkably popular but that does not change the fact that the cookies are really really good. I think it is fun to go down the stairs to this little bakery, sharing the lining up experience with others about to be happy and smiling from enjoying their treats.

Visited January 2014
Thank Jeffrey P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2014

My other half went here for the last 3 days of our trip. The cakes are superb and are the epitome of a 'treat'. We'd really recommend that you give Levain a visit. DELICIOUS!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank The_Wee_Mawn
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Wonderful, but tourism has ruined it a bit”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

I feel like a snob. I'm not even a New Yorker. But in the years I've visited the city, I managed to discover Levain well before fame and television appearances further bolstered their foothold on New Amsterdam. Good for them. I want them to be a success.

The downside is that now, one must wait in a lengthy line down 74th St. Levain is super tiny inside, so this happens, but man, the place has totally jumped the shark.

One can even overhear others leaving the 72nd St. subway stop as they walk up New Amsterdam, muttering about the cookies they intend to buy. Seriously, the place is a magnet.

That said, it deserves the accolades. The cookies, while seemingly expensive at $4 a pop, are absolutely delicious. Plus, they are huge and weigh as much as a softball. These are cookies for the noble of heart.

Visited January 2014
Thank AnnIsEgg
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2014

BEST is what I can say! The one and only cookies that i wanna eat every day!

Cookies aren't just cookies until you try these heavenly goodies, baked fresh daily. Here's what we tried, in no particular order:

1. Chocolate Walnut
2. Dark chocolate (major sweetness)
3. Chocolate/Peanut butter
4. Oatmeal Raison (large. plump ones too)

What makes them different is really the batter from each bite, it's packed with major ingredients, never a 'dull' bite lol. With them being so mile-high thick, every bite is quite the moist chew ;)

Trust me on this one, buy whatever flavours they have to avoid making a 2nd trip like we did, but hey, all the more reason to go there again lol.

Despite the long lineups, the workers are quite efficient.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank MonkySpot
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“best pastires”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

when we stayed in NY we told about this bakery and then found that we couldn't stay out. everything home-ade. light, fluffy, flakey . a woman's dream. I wish there was something like this in Colorado Springs

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Laurie G
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