Central Park. Coney Island. City Hall. All these sites are popular stops on any trip to New York City, but let’s be honest: C… is for cookie.
In a city where unidentified scents frequently fill the air, there’s nothing more soothing than the smell that filters through the front door of your favorite bakery. Even Cookie Monster would agree that with thousands of shapes, sizes, textures and flavors to choose from, no two New York cookies taste the same. Did we mention that no flavor is too obscure either? Check out the root beer float cookies at Ruby Et Violette and you’ll see what we mean! Here are some of our favorite spots for cookies in city:
- Levain Bakery
This Upper West Side shop serves freshly baked cookies the size of your fist (well, six ounces of dough to be exact). Four types are baked to order and no trip here is complete without trying each of them: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip. The $3.75 price tag is well worth it for one of New York’s best cookies. It’s a good thing this place has nowhere to sit, because after devouring one of these, you’ll definitely need to walk it off.
Location: 167 West 74th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Columbus Avenue)
- Ruby Et Violette
For the most diverse selection of cookies, check out this Hell’s Kitchen bakery which rotates up to 100 different flavors on a seasonal basis. Although they’re small for the $2.50 price tag, each cookie has an undeniably distinct flavor. Go with a group of friends and try as many as possible. You can’t go wrong with the mint chocolate chip, lemon white, or candy jar cookies. The more adventurous might want to try the mojito or root beer float flavors.
Location: 457 West 50th Street (between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue)
- Insomnia Cookies
This Greenwich Village bakery is aptly named considering they deliver to N.Y.U. dorms and area residents until 2:30 a.m. (they are open for walk-in customers until 3:00 a.m.). Seven types of warm and chewy cookies only cost $1.00, but for $2.00 we suggest trying one of their two deluxe cookies: chocolate peanut butter cup and triple chocolate chunk. Whether you’re cramming for finals or just hanging out with your friends, there’s no better late night snack for your sweet tooth. Just remember to brush before you go to bed!
Location: 50 West 8th Street (between Avenue Of The Americas and Greenwich Avenue)
- City Bakery
Although this Union Square spot boasts a salad bar and serves a variety of soups, their cookies are not to be missed. The chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies taste best with a cup of their signature hot chocolate. Swing by in February during their annual hot chocolate festival which features varieties like banana peel hot chocolate, cinnamon-black pepper hot chocolate, and even beer hot chocolate. If you still have room, make sure to try their homemade marshmallows.
Location: 3 West 18th Street (between 5th Avenue and Avenue Of The Americas)
- Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven
The Soho shop of famed chocolatier Jacques Torres serves up two types of cookies: a classic chocolate chip cookie and a double chocolate mudslide cookie with walnuts. No matter which you decide to try, make sure to ask for it warm. Be prepared for chocolate to ooze out of these chewy treats which cost $2.50 each. Wash it down with a cup of frozen hot chocolate – a great combination for a warm summer day.
Location: 350 Hudson Street (between Charlton Street and King Street
- The Treats Truck
New York City’s latest dessert craze – treats on wheels – makes it more convenient than ever to indulge in sugary sweets. The Treats Truck, which is located at a different street corner each day, offers a variety of baked goods including two delicious three-layer cookies -- the caramel creme sandwich ($1.75) and the peanut butter sandwich ($2.00). Visit www.treatstruck.com to find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood.
Location: Various Street Corners