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Levain Bakery

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Upper West Side
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167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023
+1 212-874-6080
08:00 - 19:00
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is no other way to explain the unbelievable popularity that this little bakery has. The cookies are good, the selection is limited, but not worth standing in line for an hour much less five minutes. The popularity is simply unfathomable.

Thank 951traveller
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've lived on this block for 21 years - about the same time that Levain Bakery has been here. Their cookies are truly among the best I've had - especially their signature seller, the chocolate chip walnut. They have speciality breads as well. A couple of things to note: 1) This is not a restaurant although it's listed in the... More 

Thank Erin O
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Levain's cookies are amazing, but they are cookies, not a youth elixir, so I'm sometimes baffled by the long lines outside the bakery. Would I wait 5 minutes to get a cookie? Absolutely. But little more than that, especially not in the freezing cold. Unless you're a Cookie Monster kind of cookie addict, I'd find something better to do with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small bakery with a huge following. Before visiting NYC, we researched different restaurants and bakeries to try and Levain Bakery popped up on almost every list. We were lucky and managed to get there with little to no line to wait in. The cookies smelled amazing as did all of the items offered in the bakery. My husband and I... More 

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

when i saw the line outside of this bakery i thought these cookies must be as good as they say. well, they were. i really enjoyed the one i bought. the only downside is that i'm not really into chocolate chip cookies and they did not have many varieties. I believe they only make 4 different kinds and some about... More 

Thank Yermalis L
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These cookies are awesome, but you've got to be prepared to stand on line The Harlem location has same great cookies but almost no wait.

Thank mondoroc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by here last weekend to try out the cookies and we were not disappointed. The store is very small and easy to miss, we knew we were in the right place when there was a line down the block. Once inside the store you have about 4 cookies to choose from and they are super sized. We tried... More 

Thank Andrew O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bakery itself is small.. Too small for the foot traffic of the business which is in part why I give it 4 stars but the cookies are amazing! They have oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip walnut, double chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter. They're amazing and have a hard outside with a warm gooey inside!

Thank Sarah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most delicious chocolate chip walnut cookie, raspberry bomboloncini and chic chip brioche!! Sooooo amazing!

Thank Sally S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the neighbourhood after getting out of Central Park during our visit in NYC and we thought of giving this bakery a try after reading so many good reviews for an afternoon snack. And we were not disappointed! You come across this tiny place which only fits 3-4 people to sit since it mainly operates as a take... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 22
Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080
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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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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