167 West 74th Street,New York, NY 10023
Ideal for: Quick snack, dessert.
I bet you have seen endless videos, pictures and articles about Levain Bakery Cookies. I especially wanted to go to Levain Bakery after reading Jenny Hann’s Always and Forever. On it, Lara Jean, the protagonist, is obsessed with baking the perfect cookie, and her boyfriend, Peter, gets her one from Levain Bakery. For Lara Jean, the perfect cookie is a combination of many things, everything that Levain Bakery cookies are.
“For the past few weeks I’ve been on a quest to perfect my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and Peter and Kitty have been my steadfast passengers on the journey. Kitty prefers a flat, lacy kind of chocolate chip cookie, while Peter likes his chewy. My perfect cookie is a combination of the two. Crunchy but soft. Light brown, not pale in color or flavor. A little height but not puffy. That’s the cookie I’ve been searching for.” – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
They are big, chunky, warm and delicious. I have seen them too, obviously, and that is why I decided to head over 74th street to try the cookie. Seriously, I was staying on 6th street, so it was quite a trip for these cookies.
I am going to say it, the trip was beyond worth it, and I am being 100% honest. I spent that day at a conference and I was beyond exhausted, but I decided to still go and try these amazing cookies. I want to start by describing the location because I honestly thought it was completely different. See, in my mind, I thought it was like a café, a small bakery with a few tables where I could sit and drink my coffee while working on my blog. And when I got there, it was literally a hole in the wall. Well, a whole underground. There’s barely any space for more than 10 people to be standing near the counter waiting for their cookies. And yet, it was so, so worth it.
I got the chocolate chip cookie and a dark chocolate peanut butter chips one, and my friend went for the dark chocolate one. We didn’t try the oatmeal raisin one, because I still have PTSD from when I used to confuse raisins for chocolate chips. Let me tell you, I have never, in my 23 years of life, eaten such a good cookie. I swear it was everything I read Lara Jean describe. The cookies were warm, making the chocolate melt on every bite. They were chunky yet super gooey and baked golden. They were chewy in the inside, yet crunchy thanks to the chunks of walnuts. The cookie was extremely good, but I personally couldn’t finish it. Don’t worry though, I took it home with me.
I also had half of the dark chocolate peanut butter chips cookie, and I will say it out loud: GET THIS COOKIE! I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, but sometimes I get overwhelmed with the chocolate-y flavor. This time, though, the dark chocolate was exactly what I needed to tame the sweetness of the chocolate chip cookie. The peanut butter chips were so good too, making the whole experience resemble my favorite candy: Reese’s. I personally didn’t love the chocolate cookie with chocolate chips because it was a little too much for me, yet it was quite tasty.
Levain Bakery offers mouthwatering cookies which we obviously got, but also has other baked goods. From loaves of banana bread, brioche and muffins, Levain Bakery should be on everyone’s bucket list.
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teenu- disfruta- enjoy!