Coooookies!!! Nom Nom Nom in NYC

In what seems likes another lifetime, Moi was a food blogger. I wrote about cool restaurants, recipes, and some highly glamorous adventures whose main goal was procuring sensational eats. Food was my life. Looking back, I think I turned to food for the love that I wasn’t getting. It is a wonder I didn’t turn into a contender for My 600 Pound Life. Food is still a great passion of mine, but it is not the full blown obsession it was back in my food blogging days.

These days I spend most of my life on a diet, but when I travel? F that sh*t! Eating decadent, crazy treats is kind of like my crack. It thrills me.  Food is most definitely my drug of choice, and when I am on vacation, I indulge. I indulge like a Martha Falker!

Shall we go on a little cookie adventure my lovelies? Get out those elastic waist pants. You are going to need them! You see, I know how most women are always so worried about their weight. So as a public service to the sisterhood, I taste tested five different ubercookies. This way, you don’t have to waste calories on the crap. You can go straight to the good stuff. Yes, I know, I should win the Nobel Prize or something.  I am like a very beautiful Cookie Monster. Nom Nom Nom.

Jacques Torres, $3, Score: 8/10

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The first chocolate chip cookie I ate was from Jacques Torres at Rockefeller Center. It is served nice and warm, but not necessarily fresh. They have cookies that are sitting on a warming plate, and for all I know, they could have been sitting there a very long time. It does have some excellent quality chocolate and a good mix of crispy and soft textures; but, when I lifted my cookie from it’s plate, it started to fall apart. I was not amused. That being said, it did have some truly excellent caramel-y flavors. The melty chocolate was quite divine (not to mention messy, but that’s totally okay by me). If this cookie was actually fresh, it would have been fabulous. I’d describe it very good but not extraordinary. I give it an 8. I have to score tough daaaahlings, this is NYC you know, and competition here is fiercer than me when I’m in a Dr ManWhore induced rage.

Petrossian Chocolate and Pecan Cookie $3.75, Score 9/10

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This cookie is a colossus that could quiet the most fearsome Cookie Monster. It used to be my absolute favorite cookie in the city.  It is not warm like the one from Jacques Torres, but its freshness is undeniable. It is nice and crispy on the outside with a bit of give in the middle. Of all the cookies I reviewed, this one is the most chock full of goodies. In fact, I’d say there was a higher goodie to cookie ratio… yes, that is scientific terminology okay?! Go sit down.

Upon biting into the cookie, there are deep chocolate pools housed in the bottom. It makes for a most decadent and special cookie which I didn’t think I could be beat (until I found my 10/10 which blows absolutely everything out of the water). Nevertheless, it is a truly fantastic cookie with beautiful deep, rich flavors.  I adore it.

And by the way, the Petrossian building is a thing to behold. It is absolutely stunning!

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Really though, I could have done without the looks of abject horror on the faces of those
Really though, I could have done without the looks of abject horror on the faces of those “sweet” cherubs. Totally unnecessary!

Maman, $3.75 (or $13.75 if you count the taxi), 6.5/10

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According to my research Maman has NYC’s new “it” cookie. Quite honestly, I beg to differ. Maybe it is just my frustration talking, but tracking this cookie down was one hell of an unpleasant mission. I walked for ages to find it, got lost, then spent $10 on a taxi driver who drove me somewhere that was not Maman. I got lost again… ugh! By the time I got there I was in a real mood. For all the trouble I went through, this cookie needed to deliver an orgasm to make up for my troubles. It did not. Moi was not impressed at all. To be fair, it was a decent all around good cookie with good flavor. There were some great pieces of chocolate in there. There was a soft center, but no discernible crispy edges. It was fresh, but not warm. It was slightly salty, and completely unremarkable. It was, shall we say, an anticlimax. Total waste of calories.

The Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie from The Smile, $3, Score 7/10

IMG_8478Of all the cookies I ate, this one at The Smile wins the beauty contest. Look at those giant chocolate chips and the lovely flecks of sea salt (which were not unpleasant, just unusual). It was good, and they were certainly not cheap on the chocolate, there was lots inside. But it was not great, not in my opinion at least. Like the cookie at Maman, it was not terribly remarkable.

Levain Bakery’s Chocolate Chip and Walnut Cookie, $4, Score 10/10

I saved the best for last. The cookies from Levain Bakery, are without a doubt, the Holy Grail of cookies. If God baked, this is the one that he would make. This cookie is worth all the crazy hype it gets. Like all the cookies I tried, it was a big one, but this differed in that it was much more puffy. It looks something like a biscuit or a British scone. These are so freaking good, it will make you want to slap your sidekick…

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These are so good, that I am almost at a loss for words… almost. These cookies are served as fresh as can be. They are still warm, which allows for their trademark texture that makes them so extraordinary. The insides of these things are simply Heaven, slightly doughy, but not to the extent of being cloying or “raw” tasting. It just melts in your mouth. Do not leave NYC without a Levain cookie, you will die unfulfilled. I am so serious.

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20 Comments

  1. OMG. Since I am diabetic, I truly appreciate you reviewing the lot of them so I can go straight to the real deal! The best I can do is share one with Blue Eyes and seek out some protein shortly thereafter, but I will do it and not feel guilty. Finding Maman sounds a little like trying to find the La Colombe that our son works at on Vandam, or is Van Dam street? You know, those map thingys on the phones do not work so well when you are surrounded by skyscrapers!!! We found out the hard way. We stood right where the phone said the coffee shop was and, nope, not there. It turned out to be a block and half away! And… how did you know that next to chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite thing in the world?! ❤

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    1. Oh yes, I encountered Vandam street in that area actually. Its amazing what you find when you are lost. And you are so right, there were times when my GPS was absolutely worthless.
      The Levain cookies are worth a bit of diabetic swooning, I assure you. If there is any cookie worth getting dizzy for, this is the one!

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      1. Okay, I’m back to look at the cookies, LOL. You know what we should have done, we should have exchanged numbers before you went and then we could have texted and I could have had you discreetly check up on my son for me. Why didn’t I think of that sooner!!! 😉 Btw, how was the Frida garden exhibit? I hope the job is going well. 🙂

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      2. OMG I could have been like Harriet the Spy, how cool would that be LOL, your son would be thrilled I’m sure 😜 the Frida exhibit was lovely. I will write about it. The job? So far no huge complaints, but I haven’t started doing any actual work yet. It has been exhausting though and the days are very Long. I look forward to getting to work and stuck in. How are you my friend? Your posts have been a little quiet lately. Miss u ❤️

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  2. Ha. I am 10 lbs heavier just looking at these. I can see from the photo the last one is far superior. Your descriptions of each experience are awesome, Caroline! This was a fascinating read. I haven’t been to NY in so long. I would love to go back! Thanks for the cookie tour 🙂 YUM

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  3. Go to the universal studios in Florida, take yourself to Dr.seuss landing, buy a chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie – oh.my.word. They are about an inch thick and well – mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm. And you don’t need to eat for a week after!

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  4. Hey Caroline! I’ve nominated u for 3 days Quotes Challenge, check it out herehttps://girlwithgoldenheart.wordpress.com/2015/07/12/all-set-for-quotes-challenge-day-1-making-no-sense/
    I know you gonna rock😜

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  5. I love Harriet the Spy!!! Wow, that’s an oldie but a goodie. No doubt my son wouldn’t even have noticed. Also, his friends have taken to calling him Jesus… you saw the picture from last summer. Apparently his hair is even longer, ugh. I have taken a little break from blogging. I’ll be back at it soon. I can’t wait to hear about Frida. I would love to get back to NYC soon, but we are on a spending freeze due to that darn beach house. 🙂

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  6. Hi sweetie im so glad to see this post. Ages ago you did a best croissants in Paris and every time I have that baklava like one at Laduree i say a little prayer for you ❤

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    1. Oh I can’t believe I remember that one 💋💋💋 I had the most awesome time writing it and it brings back so many memories. It was my first ever blog. Thank you for reminding me of it, that made me smile 😃❤️

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      1. Thank yooou for introducing me to that wonderful croissant. I based a lot of my culinary adventures on your posts back when I was living in London. You also introduced me properly to madeleines xo

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      2. Ah yes, I had Boulud’s madelienes in NY again. My Madeline pans are the only cooking equipment I kept with me and brought to FL. Bouluds recipe is my most treasured. I have to blog it one day. Do you plan to visit London anytime soon?

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