await you in all their warm gooey goodness in the tiny unpretentious, basement space at Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side. At $4/each, there’s 4 flavors (chocolate chip walnut, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chocolate chip, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip), but the chocolate chip walnut cookie is their signature gem. The gargantuan, almost spherical cookies, about an inch high and three inches in diameter, are packed with walnut halves and chunks of chocolate and weigh approximately 6 ounces. Because of their shape and size, their middles aren’t entirely cooked, so they’re like regular cookies embracing a core of cookie dough. Substantial and satisfying, the chocolate chip walnut cookie is practically a meal in itself.
Look for a line snaked around the corner and the wafts of chocolate and yeast, and you’ll know you’re in the right place. How do they keep the cookies from flattening out in the oven, you ask? Well, your guess is as good as mine (though you’ll find some copycat recipes online), but that’s why it’s the best kept secret in New York City.
Address: 167 West 74th Street the best chocolate chip cookies in New York City