I spent just over 48hrs in New York and I knew that Levain Bakery had to be one of my stops. I’ve heard so much about their cookies (and the lines) and I needed to see if they lived up to the hype. Levain Bakery is located on the upper west side tucked away in a tiny, just below street-level spot. My friend and I headed over mid afternoon and there was indeed a line. It wasn’t that bad, however, and it did move relatively quickly.
I did my best to try to get a shot of the shop, but as we got closer the aroma of the cookies became too intoxicating and I lost my focus!
When we finally made it inside, there was a flurry of activity behind the counter. There were a lot of baking racks full of warm cookies. The line moved so quickly, I was afraid that it was going to be a bit like the Seinfeld episode with the soup guy that yells at you when you get your order wrong. It was just the opposite. The guys were very friendly and told me about the cookies they had to offer. One even took the time to walk me through paying with Apple Pay. I don’t know why I decided to pick this time to try it out, but he was very nice and took the time to explain to me how it worked.
I decided to try the chocolate chip and dark chocolate chocolate chip. Since there wasn’t really anywhere to eat in the shop and we didn’t want to hang out in front of all the other people in line, we headed down to Central Park to sample the treats.
I broke the chocolate chip in half, snapped the required Instagram “money” shot and took a bite. It was warm, slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside, full of chocolate chips and walnuts. It was so filling, there was no way we would be able to eat the other one in the same sitting, so we saved it for dessert later in the evening. While I loved the cookie, if I had to be super nitpicky, I would say that the cookies could use just a little more salt. Salt is truly the underestimated flavor enhancer. In my humble opinion. It was still a worthwhile stop and it also gave me the opportunity to see more of the city I once called home.