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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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08:00 - 19:00
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Sun 09:00 - 19:00
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This tiny hole in the wall packs a HUGE punch in its HUGE cookies! I am a self-proclaimed cookie monster. This is on the way to/from the gym for me, ironically. I check the line every day, and rarely it is not less than 15 deep. But when it is, I stock up on my faves, the chocolate chip walnut... More 

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Thank Eliza R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best cookie ever!! Maybe you have to wait 10-15 minutes, but you must eat the best cookie in ny!! I tasted every cookie but chocolate with dark chocolate my choice!

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Thank Andreas A
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Found this bakery online in an article and decided to visit during last NYC trip. Waited in line for about 30min for these cookies and were rewarded with some of the best cookies I have ever had. This location is a little bit out of the way but will be a permanent stop in our trips.

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

Amazing cookies, they look like muffin tops, but perfect outside crunch and the inspire...wonderful. Even of there is a wait, it is worth it!

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Thank JRNYC1025
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The line extends out of the door of Levain Bakery and down W 74th St as far as the eye can see. It moves quickly but there's a good reason. The breads, muffins, pies, cakes, etc., are beyond belief. They are not expensive. They are world-class. If you visit Manhattan, plan to spend some time getting memorable food there.

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Thank 271kenneths
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The title says it all...you don't need to be in NYC to taste the best. Order a 4 pack online...pay for next day delivery. Just make sure you are home to receive the goodness. Enjoy!

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Thank Rich G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There is no other way to explain the unbelievable popularity that this little bakery has. The cookies are good, the selection is limited, but not worth standing in line for an hour much less five minutes. The popularity is simply unfathomable.

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Thank 951traveller
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've lived on this block for 21 years - about the same time that Levain Bakery has been here. Their cookies are truly among the best I've had - especially their signature seller, the chocolate chip walnut. They have speciality breads as well. A couple of things to note: 1) This is not a restaurant although it's listed in the... More 

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

Levain's cookies are amazing, but they are cookies, not a youth elixir, so I'm sometimes baffled by the long lines outside the bakery. Would I wait 5 minutes to get a cookie? Absolutely. But little more than that, especially not in the freezing cold. Unless you're a Cookie Monster kind of cookie addict, I'd find something better to do with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Small bakery with a huge following. Before visiting NYC, we researched different restaurants and bakeries to try and Levain Bakery popped up on almost every list. We were lucky and managed to get there with little to no line to wait in. The cookies smelled amazing as did all of the items offered in the bakery. My husband and I... More 

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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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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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