One of my favorite things about living in NYC is you can get the best of pretty much every type of food since the city is so diverse.

Over the years, I’ve tried pretty much every cuisine imaginable, but sometimes all I wanted was something the city couldn’t provide—a taste of my mom’s chocolate chip cookies after a bad day at school or work. 

Thankfully, New York has plenty of bakeries to help me solve my cookie cravings.

Since I have quite the sweet tooth, I‘ve tried all hotspots and some of the lesser known bakeries looking for the most similar cookies to the ones my mom would make my sisters and me as kids.

I haven’t found a cookie as delicious as my moms, but I have found a lot of other phenomenal spots that rival the ones from my childhood.

The next time you’re craving something sweet, head to one of these spots for some of the best cookies in NYC.

Best Cookies in NYC

best cookies in nyc

1. Schmackary’s

Schmackarys cookies in times square nyc

This has been my go-to cookie spot for over a decade thanks to its proximity to the theater district and absolutely delicious cookies.

My friends and I will regularly meet here before or after seeing a Broadway show to indulge in a cookie or two while discussing the latest shows we’ve seen. 

I’m super obsessed with Schmackary’s “Classic Cookie”, which is basically a classic chocolate chip with some coarse sea salt mixed in. 

But don’t worry if that’s not your favorite kind, they have over roughly 45 different cookies that they’ll alternate on the menu, including gluten-free options!

Address: 362 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

2. Levain Bakery

Levain has quickly made a name for itself across multiple major U.S. cities thanks to its thick and gooey chocolate chip cookies.

I love how buttery their chocolate chip walnut cookies are, but be warned, they’re super filling.

I’ll normally only eat half, then save the rest of the cookie for the later. 

If walnuts aren’t your thing, try the two chip chocolate chips. It’s their other signature cookie. 

And great news for those who live outside of the city, Levain now ships their cookies across the U.S. and even sells ready-made cookies in Whole Foods!

Address: Multiple locations (Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Harlem, NoHo, Williamsburg)

3. Ladurée

Macarons are one of my favorite treats to indulge in, so lucky for me, the city has two Ladurée shops for me to stock up on some of my favorite French treats.

When I was living on the Upper East Side, I bet I was swinging by here at least once a month for a sweet treat.

They also have an adorable cafe in SoHo where you can nibble on macarons during afternoon tea.

It’s really cute if you’re looking for somewhere fun to celebrate a big milestone or birthday with friends.

Either way, you’ll definitely want to order a few of these delicate cookies.

I always go for the passion fruit, rose, and pistachio macarons.

My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious they are alongside a coffee in Central Park (my old Sunday morning routine).

It’s also worth noting, they offer some adorable gift boxes. I’ve picked up a couple over the years as holiday or birthday gifts, and they’ve always been a hit!

Address: Multiple locations (Upper East Side, SoHo, Hudson Yards, Columbus Circle)

4. Jacque Torres Chocolates

Every time I eat a Jacques Torres’ chocolate chip cookie, I immediately am reminded of a holiday tradition I have with one of my best friends.

Every December, we used to meet at the location inside Rockefeller Center (now closed thanks to COVID) to grab a warm cookie and a cup of their sinfully delicious hot chocolate.

We’d sit down and devour our cookies, then take our cocoa outside to check out the tree and sip as we stroll down 5th Avenue, admiring all the holiday windows and lights until we reach Central Park.

It was disappointing to hear that location doesn’t exist anymore, but luckily, they still have a few other outposts in the city.

If you see a shop, definitely stop in and have them warm up a chocolate chip cookie for you.

They’re absolutely heavenly warm, especially when the weather outside is less than desirable.

Address: Multiple locations (inside Grand Central Station, and DUMBO)

5. Chip City

So full disclaimer, I haven’t tried Chip City yet, but one of my foodie friends in NYC has been raving about their chocolate chip cookies, so since I trust her, they’re on the list.

Hopefully, I’ll get to try these in another few weeks when I’m back in the city, but until then, I’ll pass along what she’s told me about these cookies.

She says they don’t normally have a massive selection (mainly because they make batches throughout the day), but that there’s always at least one or two tempting flavors.

These are thicker cookies with a slightly crisp outside and gooey interior (similar to Levain, I’m told).

Address: Multiple locations (West Village, Upper East Side, Rockefeller Center, Astoria, Williamsburg, Long Island City)

6. Dominique Ansel Bakery

Everyone knows Dominique Ansel Bakery for crafting the world famous Cronut, and rarely think of them for the cookies, which is a mistake.

They make beautiful French pastries, plus one of the most original chocolate chip cookies on the list.

They sell a chocolate chip cookie shot, which is basically a cookie shot glass filled with milk. 

It’s a great pick-me-up when you need a bit of sugar in the afternoon, plus it’s super Instagrammable, which is always a delightful bonus.

The real reason I’ll walk out of my way to come here though, is their madeleines. They bake these cookies to order so you’ll be able to enjoy them hot from the oven. 

Trust me, you’ll want at least one order if not more!

Address: 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

7. Ovenly

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cookie, head to your local Ovenly.

I’m obsessed with their vegan salted chocolate chip cookies, and salted peanut butter cookies. 

They also do great cakes and cupcakes if you want more than a cookie. The lavender lemon one they make is delicious. 

I really love that everything here is sweet, but not overly sweet like you find in some bakeries.

Address: Multiple locations (West Village, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Williamsburg)

8. Maman

Maman Cafe in NYC

This French-inspired cafe is one of my favorite newer chains in NYC.

Maman has delicious coffee, absolutely insane nutty chocolate chip cookies, and beautiful interiors.

Honestly, what’s not to love?

It’s one of my favorite places to relax with a good book or meet friends for a quick catch-up.

Address: Multiple locations (Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Hudson Yards, Garment District, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Cobble Hill)

9. Insomnia Cookies

This is the spot you’ll be glad to know about when that late night cookie craving hits.

Insomnia Cookies stays open late, like until 3am at some locations!

Their deluxe chocolate chunk is my go-to, though sometimes I’ll switch it up and have a snickerdoodle. 

They have a ton of different flavors to choose from, so you will find at least one cookie you’re excited to try.

Address: Multiple locations (Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Lower East Side, Park Slope)

10. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery is a West Village gem serving up savory pastries, brownies, cakes, and cookies.

They also serve up a great espresso to go along with your sweet treat.

I always go for their chocolate chip cookies.

They’re perfectly balanced, not too sweet, with just a hint of salt.

Address: Multiple locations (Midtown East, West Village)

11. Russ & Daughters

It’s basically a crime to visit New York and not sample our famous black and white cookies.

If you don’t know about these, basically it’s a soft cookie with a hint of lemon and almond, painted with half creamy chocolate icing and half classic white icing.

When you’re craving one of these local delicacies, head to Russ & Daughters.

They’ve got one of the best black and whites in the city. 

Address: Multiple locations (Lower East Side, and South Williamsburg)

12. Seven Grams Caffe

Seven Grams Caffe is another classic spot to stock up on cookies in NYC.

I love picking them up to bring to parties, since they’re a guaranteed hit.

They’ve got some great vegan options, including a really yummy reverse dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookie, and a tahini and olive oil dark chocolate chip cookie.

Address: Multiple locations (Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Flatiron, SoHo)

13. Milk Bar


When I moved to NYC over a decade ago, Milk Bar’s cookies and cakes were all the rage. 

These days, the lines aren’t nearly as insane, but the sweets are still just as tasty.

I’m partial to their cake truffles, crack pie, and, of course, their famous compost cookies.

The compost cookie is both salty and sweet thanks to the pretzels, chocolate chips, potato chips, coffee, and butterscotch chips.

Address: Multiple locations (Upper West Side, Midtown East, Gramercy, Park Slope)

Wrapping It Up

best cookie in nyc

Well, now that I’ve got a major cookie craving after writing this, I’m off to beg my mom to make a batch of her chocolate chip cookies while I’m home in PA.

I hope this list has given you lots of ideas and the perfect spot to grab a cookie (or two) while you’re in NYC.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you find a new spot you think I need to check out.


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