Levain Bakery

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Handsome scones, pastries, and loaves of bread crowd the shelves of this ridiculously small bakery, but all I know about is cookies. When I said I was considering breakfast of hot dogs at Gray’s Papaya, New York Roadfood sage Bill Homan suggested I skip the wieners and head a couple of blocks up Amsterdam Avenue for a cookie at Levain. I got two, and those two cookies decimated my appetite for hours thereafter. Knowing that there were many more meals to eat that day, the plan was simply to have a bite or two of the cookies. Not possible. These cookies are infinitely irresistible, demanding they be thoroughly consumed beyond any reasonable measure of hunger.

They’re very large. Not all that wide, but triple tall – as high-domed as a generous scone, and each one weighs about a half pound. If it’s a chocolate chip cookie, that’s a misnomer because the chocolate is so much more than chips. Half of the cookie’s weight is thick, oozy loads of molten chocolate. It is impossible to have a bite of the chocolate chip walnut cookie without also getting large pieces of fresh, crunchy nut. The dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie, which is coal-black, is outlandishly intense, verging on chocolate overload (if such a thing is possible). So when I tell you that a single cookie costs $4, don’t think that’s expensive. There is more chocoholic indulgence in this one cookie than in a double slice of triple-layer devil’s food cake.

Note: Levain Bakeries are also located at 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd in New York City and at 354 Montauk Hwy, Wainscott, NY. The latter is seasonal.

What to Eat
Levain Bakery, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie
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Double devastation, in the form of a dark chocolate chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip walnut cookie.
Levain Bakery, Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie
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Cross-sectional view of a chocolate chip walnut cookie gives a sense of how much good stuff there is in every one.
Levain Bakery, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
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Oatmeal Raisin
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday9am - 7pm
Monday8am - 7pm
Tuesday8am - 7pm
Wednesday8am - 7pm
Thursday8am - 7pm
Friday8am - 7pm
Saturday8am - 7pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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