The Ultimate Quest: Finding the Best Cookies in New York City’s Bustling Scene

Though the big apple, New York City has some serious desserts. NYC has all kinds of sweets, from Black and White Cookies to the Cronut. 

This city is home to an enormous number of chocolate chip cookies, but when my colleague Annie Campbell paid us a visit, we decided to go on a mission to locate the greatest CCC in New York City. 

Finally, we sampled three of the most popular, highly rated, and TikToked cookies on the internet. Here are our thoughts on them and the batch's top choice.

We started with NYC's original 'It' Cookie, Levain. Celebrities like Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift call its Chocolate-Chip Walnut the best in New York.

They were warm when we got them, making great Instagram melty chocolate shots when broken in half. The cookie base was cakey and vanilla-flavored, not gooey. 

Overall, the outside of the cookie was extremely crunchy, but we didn't think the inside was as rich and well-balanced as we would have liked, and it was a bit dry compared to the cake-like texture of a chocolate chip cookie.

You'll love this cakey, thick chocolate chip cookie. For homemade versions, look for recipes that require more leavening agents or eggs. For cakey CCC cravings, try this Levain copycat recipe for Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies.

We knew Maman's Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie had to be good when it was on Oprah's Favorite Things a few years ago. Its dark chocolate chip cookies contain only dark chocolate chunks and almonds, macadamia nuts, and walnuts.

Maman's Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie was exactly opposite Levain's CCC. Chewy, with lots of nut texture and a very brown butter-like dough flavor. 

This was a thoroughly nutty chocolate chip cookie, and not just because it had three types of nuts with distinct flavors and textures. Sea salt on top was the perfect finishing touch to keep us coming back for more.

Annie and I saw this cookie on TikTok a few months ago and were intrigued. Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie looked melty and delicious. It was our clear winner, and I'll explain why.

There are Cutie and Deluxe versions of Funny Face's Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookie. A large 6-oz cookie, the Deluxe, arrived hot. The inside broke open like a geode, revealing a perfectly molten center with little pools of melted chocolate.

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