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Top 12 Cookie Spots in NYC

Addison Aloian | November 17, 2020 | Food & Drink

Best Cookies in NYC

Everyone knows New York City has the best pizza and bagels, but we would also argue that our cookies can't be beat.

An underrated dessert, cookies are the joy of life. From classic chocolate chip, to oatmeal raisin and red velvet, why should kids get all the fun?

There are literally hundreds of bakeries in this city, not to mention chocolate shops and dessert specialists across the five boroughs, but where do you go to get your cookie fix?

We’ve researched the best cookie spots in all of New York and whittled it down to 12 must-try stops. After you've tasted these treats, you'll be craving cookies after every meal.

See also: Top 5 Donut Shops in NYC

Levain Bakery

340 Lafayette St.; 1484 3rd Ave.; 351 Amsterdam Ave.; 167 W 74th St.; 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; and 164 N 4th St, Brooklyn | Website

If you say the word “cookie” while you’re in New York, you're bound to hear “Have you been to Levain?” To say Levain Bakery is loved across the city is an understatement. With standards like Chocolate Chip Walnut to inventive takes like Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Levain bakes the kind of cookies that turn heads. They're also available for purchase in select grocery store freezers and can ship anywhere in the United States. There's no excuse not to try 'em.

The Good Batch

936 Fulton St., Brooklyn| Website

While the Good Batch offers breakfast items, cakes and ice cream sandwiches, their specialty is cookies, for sure. They have a diverse menu of unimaginable flavors; from Tahini Chocolate Chunk, to Peanut Butter Fully Loaded and Ginger Molasses. There are plenty of gluten free and vegan options, so everyone you know can find something.

Schmackary’s

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35 Cooper Sq.; 362 W 45th St. | Website

Schmackery’s has more than “75 Flavors and Counting” with no end in sight. Flavors on display often change, but you can count on a few classics. Let imagination be your guide as you bite into Sweet Corn, Glazed Pistachio, Pumpkin Pick of the Patch, Cookie Butter Bliss, Candied Yam and Maple Bacon. Wow.

163 Chrystie St. | Website

A Lower East Side Gem, Gooey on the Inside bakes arguably the most Instagram-worthy cookies - maybe ever. What’s not arguable, though, is that they give their cookies the funniest flavors. From “Cuppa Joe Exotic” to “Where Chu Husband, Carol Baskin?”, we’d visit just for the names themselves. They also offer cookie bites in flavors llike S’mores and Birthday Cake, as well as molten cookie jars, perfect for gift-giving season.

Spot Dessert Bar

13 St Marks Pl. | Website

Spot absolutely kills the dessert game when it comes to original treats like cakes and waffles, but what many people don’t know is they also bake top-notch cookies. With flavors like Matcha Lava Cookie, Caramel Miso and Oreo Chocolate Chip, you should definitely make this a prime stop on your cookie journey through the city.

Chip City

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298 Bleecker St.; 123 Kent Ave, Brooklyn; 42-15 Crescent St, Queens; 30-06 34th St, Queens; 22-04 33rd St, Queens | Website

A cookie city on the come up, Chip opened in 2017 and has since built four more locations across Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Known for their ooey, gooey cookies in unconventional flavors, Chip has become a favorite bakery across the five boroughs. From Chocolate Chip, to S’mores, Peanut Butter & Jelly, or even “Everything” Bagel, there’s a flavor for everyone here. They also ship cookie dough sets for baking at home to most states.

Red Gate Bakery

68 E 1st St. | Website

An East Village favorite, Red Gate Bakery only offers seven cookie flavors, but each is baked exquisitely. Their Choco-Toffee spices up the chocolate chip cassic with added toffee, and their White Chocolate Grapefruit is sweet and sumptuous, mixing flavors you’d never think to put together.

Milk Bar

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Multiple locations across Financial District, SoHo, East Village, West Village, Midtown, Upper West Side and Brooklyn | Website

Never underestimate Milk Bar. Known for tasty cake truffles and large cakes, they also sell tons of delectable cookies, including holiday flavors. The names alone are eye-grabbing, from Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow to Fruity Marshmallow, Peppermint Pretzel Snap and Compost Cookie. Check out Milk Bar and all of their wonderful desserts.

City Cakes

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251 W 18th St. | Website

City Cakes prides itself on holistic baking. Offering all kinds of cakes, cupcakes and cookies, the must-order treat is their half-pound cookies. Yes, you read that correctly. These cookies are offered in almost any flavor you could think of, from Pumpkindoodle Pie to Pink Velvet, Almond Matcha Wonder and Dark Horse Salted Double Chocolate Chip. They also have plenty of vegan and gluten free options.

Maman

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50 Broad St.; 211 W Broadway; 837 Washington St.; 239 Centre St.; 205 Hudson St.; 22 W 25th St.; 80 Kent St. | Website

With locations all over New York, there’s no excuse for you not to try a Maman cookie. Freshly baked each day, they sell a Nutty Chocolate Chip cookie, a S’mores cookie and an Oatmeal Vanilla Raisin cookie. With just three flavors, they’ve mastered each cookie recipe, because it’s the simple things in life that end up being the best.

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

28 Greenwich Ave. | Website

A West Village favorite, Mah-Ze-Dahr has been so successful, they’re opening another location in Midtown. They offer many desserts worth exploring, but we encourage you to first try their Vanilla Choux cookie, which consists of pâte enveloped in a sugar cookie crust and filled with vanilla pastry cream. Their Chocolate Explosion cookie also sounds good, described as “when a brownie meets a cookie.” Our mouths are watering already.

Dō, Cookie Dough Confections

550 LaGuardia Pl. | Website

Honorable mention goes to Dō. They sell baked cookies in flavors like chocolate chip and cake batter, but what New Yorkers flood to their shop doors for is the tastiest edible cookie dough in the city. With flavors like Fluffernutter, Chocolate Dream and Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle, you'll wonder why you ever wait to bake cookies at all.



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