New York City’s favorite cookie shop Levain is steadily expanding its grasp on the city, including opening a brand new store on the Upper East Side today.
The new outpost at 1484 Third Ave., between 83rd and 84th streets, is home to the legendary bakery’s gooey chocolate chip cookies as well as loaf cakes, pastries, brioche, bread, and flatbread pizzas. Raisin and walnut sticky buns will be available on weekends, and ice cream sandwiches — a new menu item — will be sold throughout the summer on a limited basis.
Opening celebrations began at 6 a.m. with an over-the-top ribbon cutting and free cookies for the first 100 customers. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. the shop will sell latte art creations by barista Jefferson Lundeen-Goldschlag of Tarrytown-based Coffee Labs, and at 3 p.m. the ice cream sandwiches arrive at $7 a piece. There’s some seating around the space.
The new location sits in between two existing standout bakeries: William Greenberg Desserts on Madison Avenue and Two Little Red Hens on Second Avenue. It’s Levain’s sixth location in New York; two currently exist on the Upper West Side, one in Harlem, and one in the Hamptons. Levain wil also open a location further downtown at 59 Bleecker St. later this year, and has even bigger plans to expand nationally, potentially moving into Boston, D.C., and Chicago.
The UES and downtown are new territories for the bakery, which opened in 1994 on the UWS. Its chunky, overstuffed cookies — which come in variations like dark chocolate peanut butter chip and chocolate chip walnut — are widely considered some of the best in the city, and they still regularly draw lines of customers.
Hours at the UES spot are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.