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Whither Manhattan's best choc chip cookies?

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salice Aug 21, 2006 02:10 PM

I haven't tried Whole Foods, Torres, Levain. I felt City Bakery's version was too buttery (I'm a big fan of this place for its buffet, cold chocolate, melted choc chip cookie -- really a thin brownie w/ a crisp top & bottom -- & very friendly staff, & more). Amy's was very good.

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    eve Aug 21, 2006 02:26 PM

    my favorite is Whole Foods. I can't eat any one else's since trying. It's a rather large, thick cookie but just one is a perfect dessert.

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      Blumie Aug 21, 2006 05:15 PM

      Which one do you go to? Do you find them consistent among different Whole Foods?

      I've had them at Whole Foods in the Boston area, and would not rate them very highly. But I'm certainly willing to try them at a NYC Whole Foods.

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        eve Aug 21, 2006 06:56 PM

        Only tried them at 14th St and Broadway. Make sure you don't mistakingly pick up the local/vegan version. I hope you make the trip and enjoy them. They are thick, chewy and chocolatey (not crisp). Almost like a cookie bar.

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          Blumie Aug 21, 2006 07:34 PM

          I'll go to the Chelsea location. Are these out of the case or prepackaged?

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            eve Aug 21, 2006 10:05 PM

            at the 14th East side, they are in the case with the other fresh baked items (help yourself).

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      ildos Aug 21, 2006 02:31 PM

      I have two nominees, both of which have very different cookies.

      Levain's are definitely worth checking out. The cookies are huge and soft, almost cakelike. My other choice is Ruby et Violette. They are small and crisp, but I really like them.

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        tamasha Aug 24, 2006 03:55 PM

        Ruby et Violette cookies are DELICIOUS! I once trekked there in a snow storm for them.

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        the save Aug 21, 2006 03:48 PM

        Greenbergs still has a good cc cookie game!

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          MatthewB Aug 21, 2006 04:20 PM

          Two favorites: Nana's Treats, on West 17th, and Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven, in Soho.

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            JennS Aug 21, 2006 07:53 PM

            Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center. If they're out of the chocolate chip (happened to me last week) you can always go downstairs to Whole Foods.

            1. Midtown Jimmi Aug 21, 2006 08:03 PM

              Well, I haven't made a real quest of it, but I will say that the chocolate chip cookies at Jacques Torres are awesome. Big molten layers of chocolate and dough, and they usually keep them warm on a hot plate. Not exactly a summer weight treat, but great nonetheless.

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                erikka Aug 21, 2006 09:21 PM

                Balthazar makes a good one if you like them on the crisper side and w/ nuts. There is, like, a whole stick of butter in each of them.

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                  calypsogirl Aug 21, 2006 09:39 PM

                  oooh! butter.

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                  tealeaves Aug 21, 2006 11:46 PM

                  There are a few very good varieties at Silver Moon bakery (http://www.silvermoonbakery.com , 105th & Bway). They tend not to be ready right at opening time, but should be available somewhat later in the morning.

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                    christinag123 Aug 22, 2006 03:45 AM

                    city bakery - oh my god! the best cookies of any kind. what chocolate. I also love tate's cookies, which you can get at whole foods, citarella, and other places. flat, crispy, buttery, perfect!

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                      ian O Aug 24, 2006 02:26 AM

                      gotta second the motion on the Tate's cookies - probably the best packaged cookies I've ever had! Good to bring along to a dinner party too (just don't expect any left to take home)

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                      Calcifer Aug 22, 2006 10:24 PM

                      Bouley Bakery--the cookie itself is cakey, which is usually not my thing, but it's very buttery, not too sweet, and full of chocolate chunks (which were still warm in the one I had... mmmm...). At $2, they're less frighteningly overpriced than other items there, and I could have split one and been happy.

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