I found myself on the Upper West Side this afternoon and decided to take advantage of this by going to Levain Bakery and Jacques Torres. I bought three cookies:
I could smell Levain’s cookies from 73rd (and so could everyone else because the line was ridiculous) and I ended up purchasing the chocolate chip walnut cookie and the double chocolate chip cookie. Initially, I was only going to purchase one (I only had $5 on me) but they accept credit card so I splurged and bought two (it IS a splurge because they’re $4 EACH). The cookies are practically a pound each and moist, very buttery, and filled with chocolate chips. The double chocolate chip was my favorite (by far) but definitely needs to be accompanied with a LARGE glass of cold milk. The Jacques Torres cookie was a little disappointing; the Jacques Torres recipe for chocolate chip cookies in the New York Times is great, but the cookies from the store were too thin. Definitely not going back for their cookies (although they were cheaper at $2.50/each).