In a city where unidentified scents frequently fill the air, there’s nothing more soothing than the smell that filters through the front door of your favorite bakery. Even Cookie Monster would agree that with thousands of shapes, sizes, textures, and flavors to choose from, no two cookies taste the same.
Here are some of our favorite spots for cookies in New York City:
This cookie shop serves freshly baked cookies the size of your fist (well, six ounces of dough to be exact). Four types are baked to order and no trip here is complete without trying each of them: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip. The $4 price tag is well worth it for one of New York’s best cookies. Tuck into the sweet treats at one of three Manhattan locations on the Upper West Side and in Harlem, including a new location on Amsterdam Avenue coming in spring 2017. Upper West Side: 167 W. 74th St., btwn Amsterdam & Columbus aves.; Upper West Side: 351 Amsterdam Ave., btwn W. 76th & W. 77th sts.; Harlem: 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd., btwn W. 116th & W. 117th sts.; levainbakery.com
This bakery chain is aptly named considering they're open and delivering to N.Y.U.
dorms and area residents until 3am. There are 11 types of standard warm and chewy cookies on the menu, but we suggest trying one of their three deluxe cookies for maximum satisfaction: chocolate peanut butter cup, triple chocolate chunk, or s'mores. Whether you’re cramming for finals or just hanging out with your friends, there’s no better late-night snack to appease your sweet tooth.
Just remember to brush before you go to bed! Look out for 10 locations in NYC, spanning Greenwich Village, the East Village, the Lower East Side, the Meatpacking District, Midtown East, Morningside Heights, Murray Hill, Wall Street, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side. insomniacookies.com
The City Bakery
Although this Union Square spot boasts a salad bar and serves a variety of soups, their cookies are not to be missed. The chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies taste best with a cup of their signature hot chocolate. Swing by in February during their annual hot chocolate festival, which features varieties like banana peel hot chocolate, cinnamon-black pepper hot chocolate, and even beer hot chocolate. If you still have room, make sure to try their homemade marshmallows. 3 W. 18th St., btwn 5th Ave. & Ave. Of The Americas; thecitybakery.com
Jacques Torres Chocolate
The sweet shops of famed chocolatier Jacques Torres serve up three types of cookies: a classic chocolate chip cookie, a double chocolate mudslide cookie, and an oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie. No matter which you decide to try, make sure to ask for it warm. Be prepared for chocolate to ooze out of these chewy treats; wash it down with a cup of frozen hot chocolate – a great combination for a warm summer day.
The Treats Truck
One of New York City’s more recent dessert crazes – treats on wheels – makes it more convenient than ever to indulge in sugary sweets. The Treats Truck, which is located at a different street corners each day, offers a variety of baked goods, including dozens of kinds of cookies. Look out for their delicious three-layer "sandwich" cookies – the peanut butter sandwich, for one, is not to be missed. Visit treatstruck.com and visit their Twitter page to find out when the truck will be in your neighborhood next.
-- Updated by Elissa Garay