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Riverman500 Feb 4, 2011 09:35 AM

I heard Levain is opening a branch on West 117th St.

Any word?

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

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

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  1. rose water Feb 4, 2011 10:32 AM

    It's in the works, and from the outside, it looks close--all the equipment looks like it's in place, and there's even soap at the sink. The sign says only that it's opening in "early 2011." It's on Frederick Douglass, between 116th and 117th.

    In the meantime, I totally recommend Lee Lee's, which I love, and seriously hope will survive despite the competition to come http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/346165 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/749870

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    Lee Lee's Baked Goods
    283 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026

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      Riverman500 Feb 4, 2011 01:08 PM

      Thanks for the update!

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        TipsyMcStagger May 10, 2011 08:53 AM

        Is Lee Lee's still around? I thought they closed last year?

        Tipsy

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          rose water May 10, 2011 09:11 AM

          Yep, still around. Closed for a couple months last summer, but now back up and running. That fact alone makes me worry that things are precarious, and I do really want them to survive.

          They also have pretty good hot vegan prepared foods Wed-Sun from 12 to 6 or 7.

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            TipsyMcStagger May 10, 2011 02:49 PM

            Good to know!

      2. rose water Feb 9, 2011 08:47 AM

        new sign up: tuesday, 2/22!

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          Riverman500 Feb 9, 2011 08:53 AM

          Wooo, thanks for the update rose water.

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            rose water Feb 22, 2011 06:32 AM

            well, there's again a new sign up--opening delayed a week, to tuesday 3/1

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              Riverman500 Mar 1, 2011 08:47 AM

              I called Levain and they confirmed that the Harlem branch opened today. I'll check it out after class.

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                rose water Mar 1, 2011 09:17 AM

                Yup, they're open. Enormous cookies (comparable in size to their scones), lovely gooey soft texture, amazing buttery smells...and a chocolate chocolate chip cookie that was way too sweet for my taste. Though I'm glad to have them in the neighborhood, and though I'll definitely be back to sample their great looking brioche, I anticipate sticking with Les Ambassades and Lee Lee's

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                  Riverman500 Mar 1, 2011 09:21 AM

                  The original Levain makes a brioche studded with chocolate chips. If it's the same version sold in Harlem, definitely try it. It's fantastic especially when still warm from the oven.

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            crsin Nov 5, 2012 11:18 AM

            Anyone know if Levain sells their cookies anywhere other than by mail order or in their storefronts? Are they carried in markets, for example (e.g., Dean & Deluca)?

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              Joe Food Nov 6, 2012 08:39 AM

              Their website, http://www.levainbakery.com/, has phone numbers for every location. Given 'em a call.

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              crsin May 4, 2013 11:16 PM

              Anyone know how the cookies hold up after being shipped? I'm thinking about sending some by 2nd day air, but nervous they'll get dry/stale.

              As an aside, any recommendations for other nyc-based (sweet) things that can be ordered/shipped for a gift? Levain shipping is extremely expensive...equivalent of $15/cookie once they've inflated the price of the cookies (I assume for packaging and whatnot) plus 2-day air.

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                liblraryld May 14, 2013 07:49 PM

                How about ruggalah from Zabar's? That should hold up well. Zabars ships all over.

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                  tpigeon May 15, 2013 03:06 PM

                  I get the cookies sent to me sometimes 2nd day air. They are still awesome. Shipping is expensive though so I always get 12 cookies...

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