Fall is officially here and you know what that means: it’s the perfect time to sink your teeth into some comfort food and not feel the least bit bad about it. Yes, it’s called stocking up for the colder months, and chocolate chip cookies seem as good a vehicle as any with which to do it. To guide you on your delicious, sticky-fingered quest, we trolled the city far and wide to put together a handy list of chocolate-drenched goodness sure to please you, no matter what cookie camp you fall into. Just don’t forget the milk.
Fat, delicious, and big enough to feed a family of four, copycat recipes for Levain Bakery’s famous chocolate chip cookie with walnuts abound in the vain hopes of recreating that decadent caramel taste. Homemade resistance is futile; just wave that white flag high and buy the real deal in person.
167 West 74th Street, New York, NY 10023
With a butterscotch-like crust and an ooey-gooey center, this uptown bakery is just the ticket. And if you want to order more than you can possibly carry home (as one might imagine you might), the good news is Petrossian’s sweets are available online.
911 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
In a sea of established, old guard bakers, Maman is a relative newcomer to the choc chip cookie scene. (You can read about them here, in our profile from 2015.) Their take blends not one, not two, but three types of nuts into an outrageously good batter. The result is so good it once made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list. If that isn’t validation, we don’t know what is.
239 Centre St, New York, NY 10013
Leave it to the King of Chocolate (or is Jacques Torres going by Mister Chocolate these days?) to whip up one of the city’s best CCCs. Made using flat, wide buttons of chocolate, each bite offers more than a decadent chocolatey dose. Want to double down on the cocoa bliss? Try the chocolate chip cookie with a chocolate-coated bottom. Necessary? Hardly. But we’re talking cookies here.
350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Max Brenner does chocolate—like seriously does chocolate—so it’s no surprise that the oft-mobbed Union Square outpost is a good place to get your cookie fix. Crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, and large enough to share with a friend. Sounds like the perfect treat to us.
841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Just over the water in Dumbo, you’ll find Almondine, a Brooklyn bakery whipping out some of the gooiest, chewiest CCCs in all five boroughs. French baker Herve Poussot, who opened this outpost in 2004, is behind all the deliciousness.
85 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pallian