Levain Bakery is a bakery located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They are most famous for their massive, freshly-baked cookies.
The inside of the bakery is super small with just a couple of seats by the window. It is located below street level and it could be easy to miss walking by. I came here for breakfast one morning and arrived slightly before it opened. There was already a queue forming and by the time they opened the door there were several people in line.
The oatmeal raisin scone was filled with golden raisins. The scone was light, buttery and slightly crumbly. It was more moist than most scones I have had, which I liked. I also enjoyed the hearty texture and flavour the oatmeal added. If you were looking for a breakfast type item, this would be a good choice.
The chocolate chip walnut cookie is their signature item. The cookie is massive, but then again it should be for $4.
I find most store bought cookies to be too dry, so I was happy when I bit into soft, warm, gooey, goodness. The inside was extremely buttery and very moist. There were tons of chocolate chips in the cookie. I actually would have preferred there to be slightly less chocolate, as I found it to be pretty overwhelming and sickening after a couple of bites.
The baked goods from Levain Bakery are well executed and yummy, but I think this place is too over-hyped. I have made home baked cookies that taste just as good and I am by no means an expert baker. If you want to buy something that resembles home-baked goods without the effort, then this is a good option, but don’t expect anything too special.
Yes, for a good cookie, but don’t go out of your way to try it.