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  1. city bakery. i prefer chewy ones over crisp, and theirs are incredibly buttery, with huge chocolate chunks.

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    1. re: lilnugget

      I'm not a fan of those. I find them too buttery and rich. I prefer the homemade (tolehouse) tasting cookies. I have liked them at Joe's coffee as well as Paradise (take-out spot on 4th ave).

      1. re: lilnugget

        I also like City Bakery. I always thought that CB's cookies were more on the crisp side. I would say Levain is chewy. I love the buttery goodness. I also like Bouchon Bakery's cookies as well.

        1. re: lilnugget

          City Bakery's chocolate chip cookies have an unpleasant and overpowering baking soda (powder?) tang.

            1. re: lilnugget

              Agreed on City Bakery. They do somethig magical with the chocolate that makes it soft like ganache for days. Also, I hate hard cookies, and CB chocolate chip are perfectly chewy but with enough structure they don't feel doughy. Mmm!

            2. Milk & Cookies - crisp on the edges, slightly chewy in the middle (but not undercooked), huge chocolate chunks, and they have different varieties including the classic chocolate chip.

              1. Grey Dog's Coffee - gigantic, dense and decadent. Crisp on the outside, soft/chewy in the inside. Both the chocolate chip as well as the chocolate, fudgy cookie with peanut butter chips are great.

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                1. re: erin07nyc

                  I got one of these and it was awful. Just completely unappealing, with a baking soda aftertaste and not high-quality chocolate. In fact, while Grey Dog's is okay for coffee, I've stopped trying their food, which seems to be mediocre across the board.

                2. Levain Bakery, on 74th near Amsterdam. The cookies are absolutely huge (I've heard they weigh 6 oz. each), with amazingly soft centers that, while probably slightly underdone, are exactly how I like them. Many times the cookies are still warm from the oven. For my money, the chocolate peanut butter chip cookies are even better than the chocolate chip.

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                  1. re: slcorlis

                    A big 2nd for Levain. I may have to go get one right now...


                    1. re: slcorlis

                      A 3rd for Levain. I think their cookies are undersalted, though--which is why I think the dark chocolate peanut butter is best since it has the salt from the peanut butter.

                      Make sure you know what you're getting into, though -- those behemoths are SIX OUNCES!

                      1. Shockingly (I think their sandwiches are fine but not woo-woo), Pret a Manger has amazing choc chip cookies. Crisp, buttery, lots of chips, often still warm from the oven.

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                        1. re: scherbert

                          They are good, but if they sit in the warming oven for too long, they get too crispy for my taste.

                          1. re: scherbert

                            I love the Pret a Manger cookies. BRGR has similarly good cookies.

                          2. I love the chocolate chunk cookies at Jacques Torres. Really rich, and they're great warm.

                            Jacques Torres
                            350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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                            1. re: straciatella

                              I second Jacques Torres. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but will go out of my way for ones of these.

                              1. re: pacz

                                Totally agree on the Jacques Torres CCC's. They are great warm, but even better as ice cream sandwiches (which just became available this week).

                                1. re: straciatella

                                  I fifth Jacques Torres. City Bakery cookies taste like they've been dipped in old chinese food deep fry oil.

                                  City Bakery
                                  3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                                2. City Bakery, Levain, Jacques Torres

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                                  1. re: Lucia

                                    i live on the uws and have never had levain ccc. i will go tomorrow!

                                  2. I know everyone raves about Levain, and I want to like it, but it just doesn't do it for me. The dough is just too buttery, and don't get met wrong I appreciate butter, but it kind of tastes like you're eating a stick of it. Thought the oatmeal raisin would be better (love oatmeal raisin cookies) but the dough was the same, couldn't even tell there was any oatmeal in it. Any great cookies that are soft and chewy but avoid this overly buttery taste?

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                                    1. re: jsgjewels

                                      I felt obligated to walk down the block to Levain, too, based on all the raves. And like you I just don't get it. The cookie is indeed HUGE and the texture was great. Warm and a little gooey. But it was just too overly sweet and rich for my taste. Like eating a 6 oz. piece of candy.

                                      1. re: JungMann

                                        I agree on the richness being a bit too overpowering. I do, however, like their oatmeal raisin. They have less of that raw cookie batter taste, but I guess it depends on preference.

                                    2. Maybe it's sacrilegious to suggest, but I'm gonna have to go ahead and say the best cookies in Manhattan are Tate's cookies, available at most corner delis south of 72nd. They are an import from Southampton, LI (where I used to gobble them up regularly in the summers). These are the ultimate cookie: butter, brown sugar, cooked into a thin crisp. A 5 dollar bag will last you a sinfully delicious 20 minutes (an hour if you have good self-restraint). IT'S WORTH IT.

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                                      1. re: michebox

                                        I agree that Tate's choc. chip cookes are extremely good - esp. since they are not baked day of. Otherwise I also like Bouchon Bakery.

                                        1. re: michebox

                                          I was thinking the same thing - I love the chocolate chip with walnuts .... I like crispy rather than chewy, and these are as good, if not better, than my home made ones. So buttery. And also found at corner delis in the E. 92nd Street area! Though I usually try to resist, and only buy them when I'm out on the East End .... sort of an occasional weekend treat.

                                          1. re: michebox

                                            Wow, you stole my thunder. I am sure (well actually I know) that there are some fresh baked cookies available that are probably better, but we really love the Tate's. Available at our 24 hr Korean deli!

                                            We've called them "The $5 cookies" for years, ala the $5 Milkshake from Pulp Fiction. My fiance and I are on sound financial footing but we sometimes, humbly- well, maybe falsely, fret over whether we should buy "The $5 cookies." I suppose we think we're cute:-)

                                            BTW they are now $6 at my deli!

                                            So good. Big fan.

                                            1. re: michebox

                                              I second Tate's, which was originally Kathleen's from the Hampton's

                                            2. Greetings: In the past I had been a prolific poster - proud of my psots, I'd thought > informative, entertaining and dare I say, at times, almost poetic. My desire to post at Chowhounds had depleted to the last slurp of an old time egg cream drunk from a stool that spun as quick as a space ship. Why is irrelevant. A personal deceision that could be considered complex > but simply said, it just wasn't fun anymore.

                                              With this post, I give back to Chowhounds, a statement to the "new" Chowhounds, a final recommendation. A recommendation I feel 100% confident in it's validity. And someplace rarely, if even mentioned.

                                              The best Chocholate Chip cookie in NY is to be found at > Good & Plenty To Go on 43rd St. between 9th & 10th Aves. in Manhattan. As a matter of fact, I believe G&PTG's baker is the best in The City. Another standout, the best single "cookie" in NY (anywhere in the world - that I've had) is their Maple Cookie. A "cakey" cookie with a sweet maple frosting. The key is the balance of ingrediants. The cookie is almost totally void of sweetness which allows for the sweetness for the frosting not to overpower to expirence. Baked into the cookie are also the perfect no. of large pieces of walnuts. It's a perfect vehicle with a cup of coffee. I can't say enough about there Maple Cookie > I think I've said enough about it. Regarding their CCC > the mingling, the propotions of the ingrediance is perfect. Just the right amount to excellent, well postioned chocolate in a gooey centered, crisp rimmed, correctly brown sugared Americn Treasure CCC. The perfect vehicle for ice cold milk guzzled from a thick rimmed glass bottle.

                                              An added note: G&PTG's Shrimp Dumplings are not to be missed, or taken lightly. Spectacular and incomprable to anything else anywhere. I haven't the ability to reflect it's goodness. Be brave and give them a blind try if you find yourself nearby on a day they're coming out of the kitchen. Much of the food prepared as well as the soups are outstanding.

                                              The outdoor cafe is also of the first rank. Always interesting individuals and unsurpassed people watching and if your timing is right, you can be intoxicated by the baking of Little Pie Co.s Sour Cream Apple Walnut cinamon topping wafting thru the air from 50' down the block.

                                              OK > there's my final 2 cents > "keep the change"!

                                              Allen Bank

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                                              1. re: allenbank

                                                Great stuff, Allen. Those shrimp dumplings will go to the top of my wish list. All the best, Pat

                                              2. They were closed for renovation last I checked but Ruby et Violette makes my favorite cookies of any kind in NYC.

                                                1. My favorites are City Bakery (but sometimes I find them a bit too buttery), Jacques Torres' chocolate chunk (very chocolatey), and Bouchon Bakery's chocolate chunk cookies (buttery but not greasy and it has a good ratio of chocolate to cookie). Levain is good but it's very decadent and rich to say the least.


                                                  1. My absolute favorite chocolate chip cookies are made by Jack's Aunt Rose at Jack's Stir Brew Coffee in the West Village. To me they are the perfect combination of crispy and chewy. With that said, all the cookies at Milk & Cookies are exceptional too.

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                                                      1. re: dimples

                                                        Milk & Cookies is located at:
                                                        19 Commerce St. (between 7th Ave & Bedford)


                                                        It's a cute little bakery and their cookies are good.

                                                      2. re: billyeats

                                                        Just had one. TERRIFIC. Thanks for the tip.

                                                        1. re: billyeats

                                                          Thanks, billyeats! They are quite interesting and unique. Not too large, which is a good thing in my book. Only $1. Nicely browned, the edges are crispy but the insides are chewy, and the cookie is quite dense. Yum!

                                                        2. I'm on the City Bakery band wagon. They remind me of homemade. Sometimes they are crisp on the outside and kind of chewy and warm inside while other times they are just crisp. The inconsistency and flavor remind me of my childhood where every batch never came out the same way.

                                                          1. Clinton Street bakery makes a great chocolate chunk cookie. Somewhere in between crispy and chewy-- they have a nice crunch, but are definitely not hard, very chewy in the middle. They are enormous though, so you have to really be in the mood. City bakery's area also great.

                                                            1. This has been a bone of contention before but I still with my vote for City Bakery.

                                                              1. Times Square Hot Bagels (44 St. and 7 Ave.) is the unlikely place to find my favorite chocolate chip cookies. They're chewy, moist and buttery. Treats Truck is okay. They're moist, but Times Square has more butter flavor and is chewier. Other places are dry, too crunchy or use shortening. I'm not a fan of City Bakery. It's too crisp, and it tastes like marzipan. Still haven't made it to Levain though. I posted their recipes on my blog at http://www.sugoodsweets.com/blog/2006... , but I haven't gotten around to making them yet.

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                                                                1. re: thesu

                                                                  For a different taste of a old stand-by, I love the big tollbooth cookies at Lifethyme Organic Market on Sixth Ave in the Village - about 8th Street. They are vegan cookies, so no butter or eggs. They use oil in the cookies, and carob. I am not a vegan, but I am addicted to these delicious cookies, as a distinct difference to the traditional chocolate chip. They make a raspberry chocolate chip tollbooth which is to die for - and you may feel slightly virtuous after eating the whole thing!

                                                                2. If you love a lot of chocolate, then Jacques Torres chocolate factory

                                                                  1. I've had Torres, Levain and City Bakery's. They're all great but Cucina & Co. in the Metlife building lobby has a chocolate chunk cookie where the chocolate runs down your arm as you bite into the warm out of the oven cookies. $0.75 a cookie.

                                                                    1. My favorite chocolate chip cookie is actually the chocolate chunk walnut/pecan cookie at Two Little Red Hens at 86th and 2nd Avenue. It's the best $1.60 I ever spend. The cookies are buttery, crispy and chewy. I'm kind of upset that I discovered their cookies because now I go once a week to get my cookie fill!

                                                                      1. Torres makes really amazing cookies, but they're best when nibbled on over a day or two, not devoured...and Citi Bakery are always great for the first few bites.

                                                                        My current fav cookies are from the Union Sqr. green market. The vendor I'm thinking of usually has three different cookies in white metal bins, and a plastic case with scones....and not much else. It's run by an Asian man (I believe?) and a woman with very short hair, and they're hard to miss. They usually have the oatmeal, molasess, and choc. chips. A bag of 3 is $2.

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                                                                        1. re: sugartoof

                                                                          YES, Sugartoof! I agree with you. I always forget the vendor's name, but will report back. They have CCC's, oatmeal, ginger-molasses (the best ever) and sometimes butterscotch/coconut oatmeal cookies (only 2 per bag). Unfortunately, prices have gone up to $2.50 per bag.

                                                                          1. re: sugartoof

                                                                            What days does he set up in Union Square?

                                                                            1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                                                                              They're one of the most consistent bread vendors there, so almost all the time. I think they skip one of the days though.

                                                                              (I almost want to say it's Our Daily Bread, but I'm easily confused by the baker names out there).

                                                                              You'll spot them with breads in a wood case on one side (lots of sourdoughs), the small case of scones I mentioned in the other post is usually there, and then on a table will be those large bins of cookies wrapped 3 to a package.

                                                                              Sorry this isn't really much more help.

                                                                              1. re: sugartoof

                                                                                Just confirming, it is Our Daily Bread.

                                                                                They're consistently there on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays (Monday's are off).

                                                                          2. When they're warm, these aren't bad if you need a fix.

                                                                            1. Many people are going to think I am crazy, but I love the Doubletree chocolate chip cookies. Not too chewy and not to crisp.

                                                                              1. Good and Plenty's cherry chocolate chip cookies on 43rd btwn 9th and 10th...

                                                                                1. The best CCC in the entire universe EVER is at Silver Moon bakery on the Upper West Side on Broadway at 105th St. Big, medium-thickness cookies that have the perfect crispness on the outside with perfect soft centers (without being raw), and TONS of chocolate chips throughout. Not too sweet or too greasy or too anything.. just sooo chocolatey, moist, and delicious! It's utter perfection!

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                                                                                  1. re: AprilSky

                                                                                    Totally 2nd Silver Moon. I don't think I have ever had a bad anything there.

                                                                                  2. I'm actually quite a fan of the chocolate chip cookies at the Treats Truck (http://www.treatstruck.com/) that I had yesterday. Small, unassuming, slight crispness at the edges, soft as a grandmother's love in the middle, good chocolate, good dough.

                                                                                    Jacques Torres is also quite good but much richer. I'm not so much a fan of Levain (too buttery, and not enough chocolate, and I'm not a fan of the texture) or City Bakery (kind of an odd aroma to it). Betsy's Place is pretty good.

                                                                                    At the risk of hurting my credibility, I have to say that surprisingly, McDonald's cookies often have a very nice texture even though their chocolate is subpar. Subway cookies can be good (again, chocolate mediocre), but they're often too soft -- though their white chocolate macadamia cookies are craveable.

                                                                                    The chocolate chip cookies at Cookshop, served warm, are the epitome of a certain sort of dark-with-brown-sugar cookie. They are soft and chocolate-filled and tasty, but I prefer somewhat lighter cookies. The chocolate chip cookies at Jack's Stir Brew Coffee in the West Village are tasty as well, especially served warm.

                                                                                    The Vegetarian New Yorker: http://vegny.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                    1. re: shivohum

                                                                                      My favorite is Jacques Torres, and unfortunately for my waistline, I work very close to them. Crunchy edges, chewy middles.

                                                                                      I love the texture of City Bakery, but it tastes excessively eggy to me.

                                                                                      Really need to make my way to Levain!

                                                                                    2. You guys put Levain in my head and I went back the other day. Asked for the walnut chocolate chip cookie which was staring me in the face but it was so big I thought it was a scone! I concede. This was the Platonic CCC.

                                                                                      1. Bouley bakery - lots of chocolate, chewy, but still slightly crispy/crunchy. always moist and buttery

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                                                                                        1. re: thalthewall

                                                                                          I am still voting for Levain. Many of the cookies mentioned above have a strange aftertaste and Jacques Torres is at the bottom of my list. The chocolate Levain uses is perfect. Cookie heaven.

                                                                                        2. I think the best are from the Roasting Plant at 75 Greenwich Avenue, New York NY. Chewy, crispy, not too buttery and goes perfectly with a cup of coffee. Love the milk dispensers too.

                                                                                          Roasting Plant
                                                                                          75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

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                                                                                          1. re: crisper

                                                                                            Yes, you would never expect it, but theirs are SO good. I think they won Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the city from some news outlet or ratings site—Citysearch, maybe?

                                                                                          2. There's also Pain Quotidien (all over town). Their CCC is rather likes Tate's (crisp, buttery) but much larger. Highly recommended if that's your desired aesthetic.

                                                                                            1. I'll be in NYC for first time end of March ... and I'd like to find a soft chocolate chip cookie, that hasn't got too many chips .. I happen to not like allot of them, it's overwhelming for me. I do like the buttery taste to an extent.

                                                                                              Which would you suggest for more cookie than chip, soft and a bit buttery?

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                                                                                                1. re: DeeMe

                                                                                                  you've just described Levain. look no further.

                                                                                                  Levain Bakery
                                                                                                  167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

                                                                                                  Levain Bakery
                                                                                                  2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10026

                                                                                                  1. re: coasts

                                                                                                    YUM! Those look SO good, I'll be stopping there for sure. :)

                                                                                                2. re: DeeMe

                                                                                                  Up above I suggested Our Daily Bread from the Union Square Green Market. They don't always have chocolate chip cookies, but when they do, they're not overwhelmed with chocolate, and might fit. It depends on the batch. They're thicker, and more cookie like than just vehicles for melted chips.

                                                                                                  Yura on Madison has been described as light on chocolate kick. Another is Levain, and mostly because they're so massive that the dough has room to stay a featured element.

                                                                                                  Roasting Plant serves cookies made of Tom Cat bakery dough, and they're soft baked with heavy butter, but also big thick chocolate pieces...you can still taste each element...so this may or may not work for you.

                                                                                                  City Bakery make great cookies that are real crowd pleasers, and normally a no brainer suggestion. They're not going to be light on chips, but they will be balanced.

                                                                                                  Ultimately, it sounds more like something you need to make at home. Most of the top rated cookies put the accent on thick chocolate pieces, sometimes even to the point of melting into an almost ganache layer. Cookies with more cookie, and less chip are probably going to be associated with lower quality cookies. I don't think anyone will have a specialty suggestion, especially when you're describing what sound like a very personal preference about how many chips are too many.

                                                                                                  Roasting Plant
                                                                                                  81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                                                                                                  City Bakery
                                                                                                  3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                                                                                                  Yura on Madison
                                                                                                  1292 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128

                                                                                                  1. re: sugartoof

                                                                                                    I agree, I never thought of a cookie, especially chocolate chip, as something to be purchased. I just made 6 dozen today. Make them yourself.

                                                                                                    1. re: sugartoof

                                                                                                      Thanks so much for all those suggestions. I'd rather not make them, since I'm trying not to eat too many sweets ... but love to indulge in one every so often.

                                                                                                      I'll try and hit as many of those as I can get to. :)

                                                                                                      1. re: sugartoof

                                                                                                        Roasting Plant definitely didn't work for me when I went there this last January. Honestly, I thought the cookie tasted a bit rancid. Kinda put me off. On the other hand, the hot chocolate was simply awful.

                                                                                                        Roasting Plant
                                                                                                        81 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

                                                                                                        1. re: rpk

                                                                                                          Hmm. It's not my first choice but, they are fresh baked throughout the day, and only display a few cookies at a time....it's possible the dough was old. The minimalism and high turn over is part of the stores concept.

                                                                                                          I have no idea about their hot chocolate but they make very good fresh brewed coffee.

                                                                                                    2. Um, that would be at Hampton Chutney Co. One bite is all the proof you need.

                                                                                                      Hampton Chutney Co.
                                                                                                      68 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

                                                                                                      1. Paradis on 4th Avenue and 12th Street!

                                                                                                        Paradis to Go
                                                                                                        114 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                                                                                                        1. Very surprised not to see Insomnia Cookies mentioned here. They opened on the UWS a year or so ago (on Amsterdam near 79th) and their cookies are really phenomenal. Soft, chewy, rich, warm, very gooey - absolutely perfect for those who prefer soft/chewy over crisp.

                                                                                                          Insomnia Cookies
                                                                                                          50 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

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                                                                                                          1. re: hungrynewyorker

                                                                                                            I used to like them but after the cookies have cooled down, they taste pretty bad. At least the ones from the 8th St location did.

                                                                                                            1. re: kathryn

                                                                                                              Have to agree. They taste best right out of the warmer tray they use. Otherwise, I found them pretty greasy, and overly sweet. They're also a bit undercooked and fall apart easily. I've still enjoyed them late at night when everything else was closed.

                                                                                                          2. After all these years, Levain is still my hands-down favorite. I have eaten two at one sitting (don't comment unless you know how much those things weigh.)

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                                                                                                              1. re: uwsister

                                                                                                                i had my parents visit during the summer and brought Levain cookies for our day out on Governor's Island. it's all they still talk about.

                                                                                                              2. with the mantra of 'simple is best', i nominate the chocolate chip cookies at blue spoon cafe in tribeca. odd choice of course but seriously try them, they encompass all that is great about the chocolate chip cookie.

                                                                                                                slightly hard on the outside - check
                                                                                                                soft and ever so slightly undercooked on the inside - check
                                                                                                                big chocolate chunks - check
                                                                                                                nicely baked color - check
                                                                                                                sweet and savory cookie dough - check

                                                                                                                they are $1 each. try it for yourself.

                                                                                                                Blue Spoon Coffee Co.
                                                                                                                86 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007