Levain Bakery

Open Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00AM-7:00PM; Sun 9:00AM-7:00PM 

Phone Number: 212 874 6080 

Price Range: $5-$10

Address: 167 W 74th Street

Website: www.levainbakery.com

Station: 1, 2, 3; A, B, C

After hearing my friend rave about this bakery from her spring break trip to NYC, I was determined to make Levain Bakery a priority pit stop. Bright and early we dragged ourselves out of bed to see what all the hype was about.

Having heard so much about their cookies, we knew the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie was essential to order.

For all you real cookie fanatics out there, look no further. Crispy and golden on the outside, yet fluffy and buttery on the inside. Thick in size with consistent texture seals the deal. Please, for your sake, order one of their cookies when you make a visit (or a dozen doesn’t hurt either).

Next we had the Oatmeal Raisin Scone.

Just as buttery and delicious. Crunchy on the outside, delicate and soft on the inside. Texture and flavor closely mimics the oatmeal raisin cookie. I would opt for this option for those of you with less of a sweet tooth.

We also had the Raisin Sticky Bun.  

Gooey and finger-lickingly delicious. Raisins add to the sweetness so I would opt for the walnuts if you’re looking for more of a balance.

Lastly, we had the Chocolate Chip Brioche.

Lined in between the soft chewy bread was light gooey chocolate. Probably one of my favorite orders because the chocolate wasn’t overwhelming.

Overall, the highlights of this place include its friendly service and the undeniably fresh-baked pastries and treats. Can’t rave enough about this place because it really set the tone for our day. The bakery itself may be a bit modest, but as the saying goes, good things come in small packages. Best part of this place is that it defies all the latest fat-free/gluten-free/yum-free crazy fads – it’s proudly and sinfully delicious and it really gives no damn.