One of my favorite places to get a sweet treat is Levain Bakery on the UWS. My husband and I adore their humongous, soft, still slightly warm cookies. They have four varieties and we have enjoyed them all at least twice. My preference is the dark chocolate chocolate chip. The interior is so soft and the chocolate chips absolutely ooze with deliciousness. My husband prefers the chocolate chip walnut with its perfect ratio of chocolate chips and walnut pieces. One improvement I would like to see is an increase in oatmeal in the oatmeal raisin cookie. For me, while the plump raisins are delightful, there isn’t enough oatmeal texture.
The staff at Levain Bakery are perfectly friendly and always make us feel welcome. The space is small and while they have some counter seating, we usually take our cookies to go and eat them on our stroll home. This bakery makes some lovely breads as well, but one can see that the cookies are the real star.
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