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New York’s Best Cookies

Vosges Haut-Chocolat
1100 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 717-2929

Vosges is known for folding unusual flavors, like wasabi and bacon into its chocolates, and the same goes for its exotic cookies. Caramel, toffee, and chocolate chip adhere to the classics, but go for the most unique: the Naga cookie.  With an orange hue, the cookie is chock full of coconut, milk chocolate chips, pumpkin puree and sweet curry.  It’s the perfect mate for a warm cup of tea.

Insomnia Cookies
50 W 8th Street
New York, NY 10011
1-877-63 COOKIE

This is a dangerous newcomer for anyone with late night sugar cravings (pictured right.)  For a mere ninety nine cents, you can pick from seven delicious varieties of cookies, delivered directly to your door – freshly baked, warm, and gooey until 3 AM.  We’re partial to both the peanut butter and oversized, “triple chocolate cookie ” for $2 a piece.  The $11 Sugar Rush deal is perfect for groups of cramming NYU students, which comes with six cookies and six brownies.

10 Stuyvesant St. btwn 11th & 12th Sts.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-1930

This tiny Japanese bakery has a variety of unusual takes on classic
Western desserts.  Not really a cookie at all, the “green tea cookie”
($2) is a chewy bun filled with a sweet and addictive green tea cream.
A layer of green-colored cookie dough is spread on top and then baked
in the oven,
making for a compelling combination of crunchy, crisp, and soft.

Levain Bakery
167 W 74th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6080

We have no qualms about picking favorites when it comes to these colossal, cookie-meets-scone at this Upper West Side gem.  Levain boasts the densest and most decadent cookies in Manhattan.  From oatmeal raisin to chocolate chip with walnut, every variety features a crispy outer shell and a warm, soft, and inescapable center.  The dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie is arguably the best.

City Bakery

3 W 18th St.
Union Square
(212) 366-1414

This wildly popular bakery is often credited with having the best
chocolate chip cookie in town. Large and thin, it’s crispy, soft and stocked
with big hunks of chocolate chips.  Our favorite is the double
chocolate variety, which is thicker and less crispy, but outrageously
rich and decadent.

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Circle
59th Street-3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9366

This French stalwart harbors some of the best macarons in the city.  Though Bouchon is known for their classic caramel, chocolate, and vanilla
flavors, we suggest you tempt one of their seasonal macarons, particularly bananas
foster ($2.75).  Chewy and ethereal, these bright yellow meringues sandwich a sweet, yet balanced banana and brown sugar center.

Birdbath/Build a Green Bakery
223 First Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(646) 722-6565

Made entirely out of recycled and organic material, this
environmentally conscious bakery dishes out cookies the size of plates.
The organic coconut cookie is particularly tasty and chewy, and for
vegans, there’s both a crisp chocolate chip and a disarmingly addictive
oatmeal raisin cookie for $2.50 each.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Errico

Until we eat again,
Restaurant Girl
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