Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery | NYC

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.

Levain Bakery | NYC

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!

Levain Bakery | NYC

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.

Levain Bakery | NYC

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.

Levain Bakery | NYC

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.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Joscelyn | Wife Mama Foodie says:

    Mmm, I can almost smell the yummy aroma!! I’m not sure I would’ve had the patience to wait in that loooong line, but they look delicious!

  2. I need to go here the next time I am in the city!! So good!!

  3. I went to this bakery when I was in NYC and it was amazing despite the line! I bought one cookie in each flavor!

  4. trmeson says:

    Those cookies look delicious. If I am every in NYC. I might check this place out. Thanks for introducing me to it!

  5. Lauren says:

    Yum! This is definitely one of my next stops in the city!

  6. val hansen says:

    wow those cookies look amazing, I have yet to make it to NYC..dying to see everything that is there! This will be a must see for me!

    Fashion and Travel

  7. Oh, yum, that cookie looks delicious!!

  8. Ahh love Levain! The UWS location is only a few blocks from us! They have another location in Harlem (literally 40 blocks north) and it never has a line. We like getting one of each when friends come in town to share.

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