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Levain Bakery

2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at 117th Street, New York City, NY 10026-2040
+1 646-455-0952
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cookies” (828 reviews)
“chocolate chip” (104 reviews)
“oatmeal raisin” (54 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at 117th Street, New York City, NY 10026-2040
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I hate lines. I never wait in lines. But I did for Levain Bakery. And I don't regret it. Even frozen cookies from here, eaten weeks later were worth it.

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped because of the reputation on the way to the Apollo. Worth the trip for sure! Incredible cookies! Thick, gooey, incredible chocolate chip and walnut.

Thank ToughRalph
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is very small, but the cook is very good. It is not cheap for a cookie. You can see staff preparing the dough, what is interesting.

Thank ABarbuto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I sought out Levain Bakery based on the TripAdvisor reviews. We agreed that the short subway diversion we made to get there was well worth it. Yes, the cookies are expensive but as the saying goes, "you pay for what you get"....More

Thank ChazzaM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is just right by my apartment. I have to stop myself to go in everyday and buy a cookie. The BEST!

Thank Marco L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to levain bakery on a Sunday morning around 10am...the line was about 30 feet long when I arrived. Minutes later it had tripled...half the block almost. In fact I only had to wait 20min to get inside. I still can’t make up my mind...More

1  Thank Epicurian10128
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People used to line up by the dozens to get into their small basement store. The cookies were worth the wait. Happily for the masses, Levain has opened another larger store just a few blocks away so you can save yourself the ten to twenty...More

Thank Jim_Matison
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simply the best!! A little crispy on the outside and a satisfyingly thick and gooey center. My personal fave is the chocolate chocolate chip. They are great for sharing! Be prepared to wait on line but the wait is worth it.

Thank tsk8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easily some of the most delicious cookies I've ever eaten. They are BIG, so split them with someone, or save some for later. And don't just stick with Chocolate Chip! The Chocolate Peanut butter is also to die for. :)

Thank qveeb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This bakery makes the best cookies ever. Seriously life changing. If you see a line out the door, get in it. It moves pretty quick and is so worth it!!

Thank califonkate
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has
played a vital role in the history of New York City.
Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new
businesses and developments go up next to local
institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is
bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and
historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with
big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and
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5 March 2017|
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Response from LevainBakery | Property representative |
Yes, all of our NYC locations will be open on Easter Sunday. We hope to see you!
2 September 2016|
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Response from pandaguy2016 | Reviewed this property |
Most deftinelty its also,so true what you say about this place. Their own Staff and it's caring and thoughtful planing to give everyone there a wonderful time to be in their Restaurant amd so much they enjoy as many times... More
Alun H
25 February 2016|
Response from Alun H |
Sorry - posted on wrong page!
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at 117th Street, New York City, NY 10026-2040
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 646-455-0952
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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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