As of this summer, Upper East Side residents will no longer have to cross town to get their hands on Levain Bakery’s gooey chocolate chip cookies. The 25-year-old bakery will plant a spot on the corner of 83rd Street and Third Avenue this year, in addition to the store it’s opening in Noho.
The legendary bakery whose oversized chocolate chip cookies are a favorite among locals and tourists alike confirmed it’ll open both new stores this summer, with the UES one arriving first. The expansion will bring Levain to a total of six locations; two currently exist on the Upper West Side, one in Harlem, and one in the Hamptons.
Levain will also open a location further downtown at 59 Bleecker St. These are new territories for the bakery, which opened in 1994 on the UWS.
To this day, its cookies are widely considered some of the best in the city, and they still regularly draw lines of customers. The cookies come in variations like dark chocolate peanut butter chip and chocolate chip walnut. Other baked goods like pastries, breads, cakes, and sticky buns are also available at existing locations.
A spokesperson tells Eater that the robust expansion wasn’t necessarily planned, but when the opportunities came up, Levain took them. The bakery has no plans to expand further — for now.
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