Levain Bakery was founded in 1994 by friends and competitive swimmers Connie McDonald and Pam Weekes.
Within just a few years of opening, Levain Bakery became a neighborhood institution and a destination for travelers from all over the world. As the brand has grown, Levain Bakery now has two additional locations beyond its Upper West Side headquarters, one in Harlem and the other in the Hamptons. Currently, through their website, Levain Bakery now ships their world-famous cookies around the globe.
I had the opportunity to visit Levain’s Harlem location (the line was out the door) and I must admit that I was impressed with the deliciousness of their world-famous cookies. As co-owner Connie McDonald says,
” A good cookie is a good cookie.”
I tried the Walnut Chocolate Chip cookie and my friend had the Double Chocolate cookie. Both cookies were delicious and for $4, the portion was ample, so much so that I couldn’t finish my cookie in one setting. While eating my Walnut Chocolate Chip cookie, I really enjoyed the nutty crunch, which was a nice texture and flavor contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate chips.
Next time you’re uptown, check out Levain Bakery in Harlem! And don’t forget to order a cold cup of milk to go with your baked goods.
Levain Bakery (Harlem)
2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY, 10026
Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-7pm