After a whirlwind of politics, headlines and not to mention the start of new semester, everyone could use a cookie right now. There are many great cookie places close to campus, so you don’t have to travel far to get your cookie fix. Below you’ll find a list of bakeries that serve the best cookies near each dorm.
Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery prides itself on its bakers’ culinary experience, which has been obtained by years of traveling and experiencing culture through food. Right on 10th Street and Greenwich Avenue, Mah-Ze-Dahr’s chewy gingersnap cookies and chocolate explosion cookies are crowd pleasers. Although it has limited seating and closes at 6 p.m., this bakery is worth a visit.
Weinstein and Goddard Hall
Known for its uniquely brewed coffees, Joe on 37 E. Eighth St., is more than just a coffee shop. Their green tea and vegan cookies are very popular, as are their peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They have limited seating, so you should enjoy your cookie and coffee in Washington Square Park. They close at 8 p.m., so make sure to pay them a visit before then!
University Hall and Palladium
Maison Kayser on Union Square —921 Broadway— is the creation of the artisan boulanger Eric Kayser. The cookies he offers include white chocolate pistachio cookies, milk chocolate cookies with lemon zest and oatmeal dark chocolate cookies. Maison Kayser is open until 10 p.m. and has a great cafe where you can enjoy your delicious cookie.
Body & Soul Bakeshop has vegan, gluten-free and regular options. This earth-conscious bakery has it all, with amazing flavors like the purple sunflower cookie, oatmeal cranberry cookie and gluten-free gingerbread cookie. Although they don’t have a storefront in Manhattan, this bakeshop sells their delicious goods in the Union Square Greenmarket all-year-round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Besfren on 315 Fifth Ave. is a great place for a grab-and-go. Giant and loaded with different types of chunks, the cookies are delicious Besfren is open until 11 p.m., so these cookies are great to satisfy your late night study breaks.
Located on 250 Bleecker St., Amy’s Bread is a great place to enjoy a homemade cookie. They branch out with some unusual flavors like the kitchen sink cookie — they consist of many ingredients and a small amount of sugar— cornmeal lime cookie and orange cookie. However, the store has limited seating and is open until 8 p.m.
All the way from London, Ben’s Cookies is a great international cookie chain that opened a shop in NYC. Located on 822 Broadway — right in the middle of The Bean and Caffe Bene — this cookie shop offers quality ingredients. They use chunks not chips, resulting in lots of chocolate inside a cake-like cookie. One cookie is more than enough to satisfy your need for an energy boost, however the cookies are so great that many people end up getting a box full of different flavors.
Third North and Founders
Cupcake Market on 74 E. Seventh St. is famous for their scarily accurate cookie caricatures of pop and public figures. They also make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. The shop, which resembles a fancy tea salon, is definitely worth the visit — and you can take a bite out of Bernie Sanders, Drake or Kim Kardashian.
Located on 263 E. 10th St., Jennifer’s Way is a small batch, celiac-certified, non-GMO, organic and gluten-, soy- and dairy-free bakery that offers great cookie flavors. It has very limited seating, however it’s decoration is very cozy. It is closed on Tuesdays, but is open until 7p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Monday.
Although Momofuku Milk Bar is mostly known for its ice cream, its compost cookie and corn cookie are worth a visit to their 251 E. 13th St. location. Momofuku is known for putting a playful spin on familiar home-style desserts while using locally sourced dairy.
Baked on 279 Church St. offers great American classics, including delicious cheesecakes. However, their cookies are a trip to heaven. One of their most famous cookies, Brookster, is a cookie baked into a brownie. It does not get any better than that.
Maman — located inside International Center of Photography Museum— is known for their famous nutty chocolate chunk cookie.
The Protein Bakery on 144 W. 19th St. offers cookies that are protein-packed, wheat flour free, trans-fat free, dairy kosher and baked in small batches!
Known for their world-famous cronuts, Dominique Ansel Bakery on 189 Spring St. is a great bakery to visit and experience cookie eating on a whole new level with their cookie shots — small shot glasses made out of chocolate chip cookies filled with milk.
Green House Seventh Street
Sweet Generation on 130 First Ave. not only offers great cookies, but also supports their internship program for at-risk youth with every purchase.
Milk and Cookies on 19 Commerce St. has amazing cookies with standouts like s’mores, salted oat sunrise and dark chocolate toffee.
Grab your friends and visit these cookie shops for a sweet break or an energy reboot. As Cookie Monster once said, “A friend is someone to share [the] last cookie with.”
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