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Levain Bakery

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167 West 74th Street, At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023
+1 212-874-6080
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09:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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Cohasset, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Levain Bakery has great cookies! The chocolate chip with walnuts and the oatmeal raisin cookies were excellent. It's a very small take-out kind of place so you might have to wait in line for a bit. The cookies are big and $4.00 a piece.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I do like cookies, but these are just too much: too big, too rich, and not totally cooked. Everyone there is really friendly, the place is clean, and the selection is manageable so the line (which may be long) does move quickly. The cookies are heavy and aren't always cooked all the way through, which I sort of like. However,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These cookies are worth taking the uber and waiting in line for! When you feel how heavy they are, you wonder what you've gotten yourself into but then when you see that the center is slightly undercooked and taste the combination of walnuts and chocolate you will thank yourself!!

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Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to be walking by and saw the delicious-looking pastries. I tried the oatmeal raisin scone and really enjoyed it! Quite a treat! I will seek this bakery out on a future trip to NYC!

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

I am not in love with cookies but when it's supposedly the best in NY I have to try As far as I know nothing is worth waiting more than an hour for so I found a way to wait only 5 and bought the famous chocolate chip and nuts cookie from Levain And it's delicious for people who like... More 

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New York, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i was lucky to go when there wasn't a line. It's pretty bare bones. cookie, pay, wipe chocolate off face

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by here yesterday as was on our list last visit but the long line put us off. Well this time no line at all at 3pm so we decided to jump in and try these cookies. They are down some stairs and very small shop with an air of authenticity about them with the ovens etc visible to customers.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here as I was around the area and was told by my friend to try the cookie. I got the oatmeal raisin cookie and it was huge! The cookie is meant to be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. And while the outside was really crunchy which i really enjoyed, the inside was not cooked a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The bread products, including cookies, are fabulous indeed. People who know it love it. As far as I know, it's take-out only, but I'm not sure. Also, I think they may have moved.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best tasting cookies in all of Manhattan. The line is around the block, but worth waiting , even on a cold night. Yammy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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 West 74th Street, 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
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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