Eating our way through Levain Bakery, NYC

Levain Bakery

After all our fun at the BlogHer expo on Saturday morning, Jenny and I were so excited to head for the Upper West Side and sample some delicious cookies from the famous Levain Bakery. We were both surprised at its tiny, tucked away location! Hidden down a short flight of stairs, we missed it the first time we walked past- even with my GPS telling us exactly where it was!

Of course, once we finally got there, we had to sample all four of Levain’s highly touted cookies.

Levain Bakery

Here we go! First was the Chocolate Chip Walnut.

Levain Bakery
Left: Photo via Jenny

We dug right in! I like walnuts, but I’m a traditionalist when it comes to chocolate chip cookies. I prefer pretty much all desserts (cookies, brownies, ice cream sundaes) sans nuts. What about you?

Levain Bakery

Next was the Oatmeal Raisin.

Levain Bakery

Okay, we are so silly! Neither of us really like raisins, but we totally wanted to try it anyway! :)

Levain Bakery

Okay. Now for the good stuff. Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip.

Levain Bakery

Oh so warm and melty and gooey!

Levain Bakery

Extremely decadent and rich. Loved this one!

Levain Bakery

And the fourth and final cookie from Levain… The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip.

Levain Bakery

Oh. my. gracious.

Levain Bakery

I really want to know how they got their peanut butter chips so smooth, and creamy, and melty!

Levain Bakery
Photo via Jenny

By the number of pictures we took of this one…

Levain Bakery

I’ll just let you guess which one was our favorite. ;)

Levain Bakery

Levain cookie massacre! There were no survivors.

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39 Responses

    After making a couple of copycat Levain cookies recipes, I finally broke down and ordered a 4-cookie sampler from Levain’s–very pricey!! While they were very good, they couldn’t compare with the homemade versions I had made. It was a little bit of an unfair comparison since my cookies were fresh out of the oven compared to the shipped versions. I went on to make the other two copycats while I had the originals in hand, and the results were the same. The homemade copycat versions were superior. Here’s the link to the chocolate-peanut butter clone. So decadent and yummy!

  2. Miguel

    Living on the east side of the City (manhattan), you certainly have chosen a great place to eat such fine desserts. Trader Joe’s to Levain is my sunday funday stop on the crosstown bus!

  3. Marsha

    What settings did you use for those wonderful cookie pictures? I’m going to New York this week. Can’t wait to eat these cookies, but I never get pictures that look as nice as yours. I have a Cannon Rebel XTi

  4. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I went to Levain for the first time about a month ago..went in just for the chocolate chip, but left with all four cookies, like you AND a cinnamon butter brioche (which was amazing). The chocolate/chocolate chip was my most favorite, so SO delicious!
    I am a no-buts girl as well, so while I like the chocolate chip, it wasn’t the best ever for me! And at $4 each I want THE BEST!

  5. Doreen Hill

    Hi Amanda! I just discovered your wonderful blog. And the mouth-watering cookies! — Yum! Carrot sticks will just not cut it. When you get a minute, I’d love you to visit me at While you were in NYC, I was clear across the country in Laguna Beach, CA. I am looking forward to following you and your delicious adventures.

  6. Simply Debbie


    I have loved following your food adventures in NYC since I am going to NYC next week. You have definitely highlighted some of my favorite spots and some that are sure to become favorite spots. I will definitely be going to Doughnut Plant and Levain’s. Thanks for the tour!

  7. Nevan

    I despise nuts in my desserts. I enjoy them alone, but do not allow one to ruin a delectable dessert. I shudder at the mere thought.

  8. Georgia Peach

    Oh My Gosh!!! I think I just gained 10 lbs just looking at these sinful pictures! I would not know where to start! I enjoy your blog alot – thank you.

  9. Katherine

    I don’t like nuts in my desserts either! Pecan pie is an exception, though! I love nuts on their own, but not in my brownies, cookies, or on top of ice cream!

  10. Debbie

    Oh my, those cookies look so delicious! I don’t mind nuts in my chocolate chip cookies. I may need to mail order some of those. The photos are incredible. Looks like you two had such fun.

  11. Danielle H.

    No nuts for me!!! Not even in my ice cream. But I do love pecan pie, which is weird! I want to know how they keep the chips so creamy too! That’s awesome! I’m so craving cookies and chocolate right now!!!

  12. From the Heart

    Im with you NO NUTS except on ice cream sunday maybe ;-) the cookies look absolutely decadent… did Jenny get the recepie?

  13. Sharon

    When reading this post I literally thought.

    Enough! Enough already. I can’t take looking at the close-ups of these cookies!

    Now I need one. The problem with that is I CAN’T EAT JUST ONE.

    So much for the 1200 cal diet YOU inspired me to be on.

  14. HeatherB

    Oh my! Those looks amazing – but now I’m thinking of baking cookies tonight – I’ll have to blame the extra pounds on you!

  15. Brandy

    I’ve loved this series! I don’t know how you are able to go on these INCREDIBLE trips and eat all this lovely food, but at least we get to revel in your treats and share them with you (minus the flavors!).

    Lovely, thanks!

  16. Barbara

    They look absolutely amazing! Now I am going to be craving cookies! Each one of them looks fantastic just the way they are. I love nuts on everything and an oatmeal cookie is just not an oatmeal cookie without raisins! How much weight have you both gained?

  17. Michelle

    This post definitely falls under “cruel and unusual punishment”. I love oatmeal cookies but I always leave the raisins out. That dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie is calling my name.

  18. Alisha

    Um, yum?! But I feel sorry for my Oatmeal, your email just made my breakfast look like mud. I, too, do not like nuts in anything! Weird! Everyone laughs at me. I’m glad I have a sister in my nutty-ness :). I also don’t like raisins very much! But if a delicious Oatmeal Raisin cookie beckons, I will not disappoint it. Have a good day Amanda!

  19. Heather

    Those cookies look amazing!! Especially that chocolate peanut butter cookie! And I agree with everyone there should be a disclosure with reading this blog that says “Read after eating!” although that still won’t stop me from dreaming about these cookies all morning!

  20. Niki

    I like NUTS in almost any dessert, brings an earthy subtlety to their sugary sweetness. I eat nuts daily, by the handful. I keep a jar of natural peanut butter in my desk that eat by the spoonful. LOVE nuts.

  21. Kindra

    So tempting! :) These pictures are fantastic. you really know how to get the best of things through the camera. Can’t wait to visit that Bakery. It’s now on my places-I-must-visit list.

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