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“Definitely worth the walk from Central Park”
Review of Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery
Ranked #2 of 475 Dessert in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 23
Cuisines: Indian, Fast food
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Delivery, Takeout
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 26 April 2012

We visited Levain Bakery on April 21st after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed!!! The cookies are huge and absolutely delicious! I tried the chocolate chip peanut butter and it was amazing. You definitely can't finish a cookie in one sitting because they are so huge and rich. I bought 4 ( to bring home to Canada) and even 3 days later they tasted fresh and delicious. I will definitely go again when I visit NYC.

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

I keep going back here and am never disappointed. Get the chocolate chip walnut cookie right after it comes out of the oven!
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

When my boyfriend told me that Levain had the best chocolate walnut cookies in the city- I was skeptical. First, because who puts walnuts in their chocolate chip cookies, and two, I believe that various other bakeries like Sullivan street, Amy's bread, and Clinton street bakeries can take top awards for baked goods.

But alas...... my boyfriend was right (but don't tell him I said that!) These cookies are GIANT!!! I've now tried the choco-walnut, oatmeal raisin (hate rasins, loved the cookie), dark chocolate chocolate, and the chocolate peanut butter. I think that's all of them. What makes these cookies fantastic are the dynamic of the textures. Firm and cumbly on the outside, moist and buttery on the insides. Better if you put them in the microwave for 15 seconds before you eat them with a big glass of milk.

If you come here and there's a long line, don't worry- the line goes very quick (i've waited down the block and served within 12 minutes). You should also wait in line because the cookies are THAT GOOD.

MMMmmm just thinking about them now is making me want to swing by there later.... MMmmmm

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

As wonderful as expected! Our granddaughters were delighted with the amazing cookies. They loved the dark chocolate peanut butter the best. All of the different types were out of this world.

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

We went for the cookies: peanut butter and the chocolate chocolate! Out of this world! We saved some, stored on counter for 2 days and still very moist! Will be going back many times.

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