An institution of bread and cookies that must be visited as a part of any New York food tour. Fortunately, gift boxes of cookies are also available online, ensuring that one never has to go too long without a doughy indulgence.
While everything that needs to be said about Levain Bakery has certainly already been said, that doesn't make a trip to Levain any less magical or exciting. While the four cookies (Oatmeal Raisin, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Chip Walnut) get most of the attention, the other breads and loaves available are also crafted at the same exceptional quality. The Baguette with Butter and Jam is a favorite simple and sweet treat, perfect for a Parisian bite for breakfast or brunch.
That being said, one really can't say no to a gargantuan mound of cookie when it's staring you in the face, and the soft, doughy, chocolate-laden cookies promise the peak of cookie perfection. These massive bites are in a category by themselves, and cannot truly be compared to traditionally flatter cookies, which any cookie aficionado can appreciate as perfect in their own right, too. And even for someone who doesn't love walnuts, Levain's seem to find home with the chocolate chip, adding the ideal texture in the massive chocolate core.
Indeed, there is nothing wrong with a Levain cookie, and a single bite into the warm, gooey center will certainly convert anyone into a cookie fanatic.