Two things made me incredibly excited about checking out Levain Bakery – #1) They have GIANT cookies, like 6 ounces giant. They are good too – they won the “Chocolate Chip Cookie Throwdown” versus Bobby Flay. That’s pretty cool in my opinion and enough to get me in the door. But then there is #2) Levain Bakery was started not by professional chefs, but by two women who worked in the professional world, one in banking and the other in finance. They started working on the idea for their bakery and their idea of the perfect chocolate chip cookie while training for an Ironman Triathlon! These two are seriously my new idols.
City Bakery is known as one of the best bakeries in NYC, primarily due to its original Pretzel Croissant. What in the world is a pretzel croissant, I wanted to know. My friend Elke who works in NYC had never been there and was excited to check it out as well. We walked into the large bakery/café and were immediately greeted by numerous treats tempting us from the display cases. There were so many delicious things to try!
We ended up with a chocolate chip cookie (to continue our goal of finding New York’s best cookie!) and their other original, the Baker’s Muffin, which is like a cinnamon bun but add in apples, raisins and walnuts. It might have looked a little better than it tasted – it wasn’t as gooey and flavorful as I was expecting. So while it was still quite good, I think they have a few better items to get. Such as… the Pretzel Croissant, which of course we got as well.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie: we voted this the best chocolate chip cookie in NYC. It was buttery but not overwhelmingly so, large enough that it was crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Really, it was just SO SO good.
- Brookster: this half & half treat was pretty incredible. Half was that delicious chocolate chip cookie described above, and half was baked’s incredible brownie. There was the perfect amount of chocolate flavor, especially when you got a bite of chocolate chip too – perfect for any chocoholic! I was in heaven.
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm; Sat & Sun: 8am-7pm
- Getting There: From Manhattan, you can take a subway to Brooklyn which takes about 10 min, then you have to hop on the bus right outside the subway stop. The bus takes about 20 min and stops right outside of baked. It takes a little while to get there so plan wisely! But it is worth it! The other option is a cab – we took one from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge which took about 20 min and cost about $20.
- They also have a full-service cafe with coffee drinks and tea
- Seating: I was surprised by how small the space is for such a successful bakery- they have about 3 booths and some window seats. But it is a super cute, rustic little cafe, so grab a cookie, your cup of joe, and a table to hang out and relax from the day!
- Other Locations: They also have a location in Charleston, South Carolina
- Delivery! Not in NYC anytime soon but still want to try one? They deliver nationwide! Check out their website for details
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Want to know more about my history with baked? Well here it is!
I am a “fan” of baked on Facebook and as such, my fb feed pops up with their status for the day, typically with pictures of delicious new creations. One day in February their status read “Looking for a bakery manager. Send resumes here…” My dream job is to work in a bakery, and working at my favorite bakery? That’s an even better dream! So I figured, why not apply? Sure, I had no real bakery experience and sure, I live in Portland, Oregon, nowhere near Brooklyn, but what’s the worst that can happen, right? I figured since my resume wasn’t going to be too impressive with my lack of bakery experience that I would spice up my cover letter a bit – the subject of my email read “Get me out of my cubicle! CPA seeks Bakery Manager job.” I have to say the email was pretty funny but also hit the point that I actually wanted the job.