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Levain Bakery

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167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-2216
+1 212-874-6080
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08:00 - 19:00
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I've only tried the chocolate chip walnut cookies and that's all I need. The cookies were DELICIOUS and HUGE!!! They're more like a cross between a drop biscuit and a chocolate chip cookie. They are soft and moist inside...some may say they're a little underdone inside but if they baked them any further they'd be too "biscuity." They were perfect... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I would travel across the country just to eat these cookies!!! Being a pastry chef I have eaten many cookies all over the world and these remain my favorite. Warm from the oven the Brooklyn location with its character and charm is a must do on any trip to NYC

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Irvine, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like intensely rich cookies, check out the chocolate peanut butter cookie at Levain Bakery. Wow!

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Thank Arie K
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What more say that it is indeed the best cookies of NY! The cakes are also delicious !!! No change except ... the wait to taste your cookies because indeed, trip advisor and other, made this place a must !!! The tip go early in the morning !! a delight!!!

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We ordered all 4 cookie flavors and we liked them all! The wait in the line was worth it. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

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Thank aoaltamirano
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't even really describe how good their cookies are. It's like cookie dough and muffins had a baby. Nice and crispy on the outside, gooey and soft on the inside. I got one of each cookie and a baguette to try. Cookies are well worth it and then some. 2 people could easily share a cookie they're so big.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Been to Levain several times when visiting NYC. Not many places I would wait in a long line but for their cookies and other breads and pastries, I always make an exception. Very small basement level area that holds perhaps 10-15 at most. Quick service, great choice and reasonable, especially for NYC. I recommend all but particularly the oatmeal raisin... More 

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new york city
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we live near this levain's, which always has a line stretching down the block anytime that the weather is halfway decent. the cookies are actually piles of cookie, and they are addictively amazing. firm and cookie-ish on the outside, but soft and yummy on the inside. get the flavor that just came out of the oven! they are intensely sweet,... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Levain is on W.74th Street, just off of Amsterdam Ave. It is easy to miss were it not for the line of people. But the line moves quickly probably because of the limited selection of cookies to choose. They offered Chocolate Chip with Walnuts, Oatmeal Raisin, and Double Chocolate Chip. One cookie costs $4 and are more dense and high... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must do if there is no line. The cookies are certainly different (big but chewy, not too cakey)...but sometimes the line is really long...check it out when the line is shorter

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
US$23
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 19:00
Monday
08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 19:00
Thursday
08:00 - 19:00
Friday
08:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 167 W 74th St, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-2216
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-874-6080
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.

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