America's Best Bakeries
Levain, New York
Two friends opened this cozy Upper West Side bakery, won a following for their rustic breads and hockey-puck-size cookies, and now satisfy cravings in Harlem and the Hamptons too. The award-winning chocolate chip walnut cookie has the perfect consistency—a nice outer layer of crunch with a melt-in-your-mouth gooey center—and is loaded with semisweet chocolate chips and walnuts.
Must-Try Item: The cookies, whether oatmeal raisin or decadent dark-chocolate peanut butter chip, and the rustic blueberry muffins, which sell out most mornings. levainbakery.com