It should come as no surprise that New York City is known for having some of the best food in the world, including cookies, which there is (fortunately) no shortage of. With so many cookies and so little time, it can be tough to decide which ones to sink your teeth into.
The Very Best Cookies in NYC
But not to worry! We’ve rounded up the best cookies in NYC, from classic chocolate chip to black and white (a New York staple). So get scrolling for a look at the top cookies in New York City in all their melt-in-your-mouth glory.
10. Jacque Torres: Chocolate Chip
Remember when your fourth-grade school librarian would warn you not to judge a book by its cover? The same rule applies here. At first glance, this chocolate chip cookie from Jacque Torres appears a tad crunchy and flat, but in reality, this cookie is soft, chewy, and absolutely deserves a spot on our guide to the best cookies in NYC. The secret? For starters, this classic cookie contains both cake and bread flour. But the true stand-out ingredient in this Jacque Torres cookie is the renowned chocolate shop’s own dark chocolate chips, which are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Pair this cookie with a mug of their gourmet hot chocolate and you will be transported straight to chocolate heaven!
9. Dominique Ansel Bakery: Cookie Shot
Predominantly known as the birthplace of the cronut (a croissant-donut hybrid), Dominique Ansel Bakery is guaranteed to have a line out the door on any given day of the week. While many people rush to get their hands on the beloved cronut, true foodies know that this bakery’s best-kept secret is their adorably tasty chocolate chip cookie shot. An easy addition to our best cookies in NYC guide, this after-school-inspired snack is simple yet thoroughly enjoyable. Imagine a warm chocolate chip cookie shaped like a shot glass and filled to order with homemade, cold-infused, Madagascan vanilla milk. The flavor combination is out of this world. Keep in mind that this cookie is only served after 3 p.m.—truly a delicious and nostalgic afternoon snack.
8. Sweet Rehab: Chocolate Chip
Sweet Rehab is a newer dessert shop located in the trendy SoHo area that has its own unique take on the chocolate chip cookie. The secret? Sweet Rehab creates their chocolate chip cookie with coconut sugar (rather than refined sugar), three types of decadent chocolate (two dark, one milk), a surprisingly crunchy texture, and a sprinkling of sea salt on top. The quality of ingredients and depth of flavor in this cookie are so unique, it’ll keep you coming back for more.
7. Duchess Cookies: Cookie Monster
Shockingly blue. Shockingly delicious! The Cookie Monster from Duchess Cookies has all the great elements of a sugar cookie on the outside, but a plot twist of gooey cookie dough filling on the inside. While this mash-up might sound weird, one bite of this warm, pillowy soft, one-of-a-kind cookie will change your mind. There is an impressive variety of cookie offerings here—each one featuring a different cookie-filling combo. Duchess Cookies is conveniently located in Penn Station, so you’ll never be too far when that cookie craving hits.
6. Seven Grams Caffe: Chocolate Chip
Seven Grams Caffe is a hip, cozy eatery serving up great drinks and (more importantly) some of the best cookies in NYC. Their chocolate chip cookie is buttery, chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and has the perfect amount of chocolate. Bonus points: they have a delicious vegan cookie option as well! Stop by this inviting cafe and cozy up with a book while noshing on a delicious chocolate chip cookie.
5. William Greenberg: Black and White
If a slice of pizza is the staple of New York City’s savory food scene, then the black and white cookie is its sweet counterpart. The NY-invented black and white cookie is generally crafted with a cakey base and topped with chocolate and vanilla fondant. But not all black and white cookies are created equal—and the one from William Greenberg, a longstanding NYC institution, takes the crown. It’s so impressive, we promise you won’t be able to just eat one. If you aren’t a rich-dessert person, this cookie is the one for you. Sweet, but not overbearing, and absolutely one of the best cookies in NYC.
4. Chip New York City: Nutella Sea Salt
Chip New York City, a heavenly-smelling bakery, is quickly becoming a small local chain due to the high demand for their delicious cookies. They are no-doubt cranking out some of the best cookies in NYC and have a lot of notable flavors on their menu. The standout cookie here is the Nutella sea salt, and with a name like that we really shouldn’t have to explain, but we will. This cookie has just the right amount of Nutella and is thick, soft, gooey, and rich. Trust us when we say you won’t be disappointed.
3. Sweet Corner Bake Shop: Chocolate Chip Sea Salt (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
Sweet Corner Bake Shop is a cute, cozy bakery located in one of the most quaint areas of New York in the West Village. But what really matters is that their chocolate chip sea salt cookie will blow you away. It’s nearly impossible to take breaths between bites because it’s just that good. This cookie truly tastes like a fresh, sweet, homemade chocolate chip cookie with the perfect balance of salt. It can be served warm or at room temperature, whichever you prefer (we like it warm). The staff here is worth mentioning as well—kind, attentive, and humble. Grabbing a cookie then walking the bakery’s surrounding neighborhood to admire the apartment stoops makes for a perfect afternoon.
2. City Cakes: Chocolate Chip
Coming in at a close second, it’s an undeniable fact that City Cakes makes some of the very best cookies in NYC! Their chocolate chip cookie might just be the greatest of its kind. In fact, if you consider yourself a chocolate-chip-cookie purist, you may argue that this is actually the best cookie to be found in the city. This baked beauty makes its way to you fresh, warm, and weighing in at half a pound, which means if you play your cards right you could be eating this bad boy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The 10 other cookie options (including a few gluten-free!) at City Cakes are also drool-worthy, but the chocolate chip one wins. If you’re a frosting fan, you’ll be pleased to know that you can add frosting to any of the cookies as well. Located in a small shop in Chelsea, City Cakes is to die for and a must-eat when visiting New York.
1. Levain Bakery: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip
Cookie lovers from all over the world congregate at Levain Bakery—and for good reason. This award-winning bakery serves up the best cookies in NYC, hands down. Levain is famous for their six-inch chocolate chip walnut cookie (which is very, very good), but we reach for their dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie first every time. It’s basically perfection in cookie form—insanely gooey, rich, chocolatey, and peanut-buttery. Aside from the two we mentioned, there are only a couple other cookie options available at Levain Bakery because if they made any more incredible cookies it would be a crime. Pro tip: there’s always a line out the door at the original Levain Bakery location, but they have a few other locations where you’ll find shorter lines and get cookies faster (always a good thing)!