Levain Bakery’s Iconic Chocolate Chip Cookies Head Downtown Next Week
The legendary, half-pound chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery are finally headed to downtown Manhattan next week. The iconic uptown bakery tells TimeOut that their coveted Noho storefront will open to the masses at 340 Lafayette Street, at Bleecker Street, on February 26. The new bakery on Bleecker will bring Levain’s total number of New York locations locations to six — two on the Upper West Side, one on the Upper East, one in Harlem, and one in the Hamptons — with a seventh location rumored for Williamsburg.
Levain Bakery co-owners Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald have been serving their gooey chocolate chip cookies for more than 25 years now and drawing lines out the door for just as long. But outside of New York City, Levain Bakery isn’t a household name — at least not yet. The bakery’s latest two openings in Noho and on the Upper East Side are all a part of the bakery’s ongoing push to expand their brand more aggressively nationwide. Not just to New Yorkers, but to the nation. Weekes and McDonald told Grubstreet last year that they had their sights set on a location in Boston, Chicago, or Washington D.C. in 2020.
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