Cupcake shops are the big trend right now but Cookie shops are going to be the next big thing and, as usual, New York City already has some of the best. The Culture Trip’s cookie connoisseurs take you on a tour of the 10 best local cookie spots.
Momofuku Milk Bar | Courtesy of Momofuku Milk Bar
Any Instagram foodie has seen Milk Bar’s famous cereal milk soft serve cup, but does everyone know how great their cookies are? With a really large variety, customers should start paying attention to the less well known options. Have you ever heard of a cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate-chip cookie? No? Well, Milk Bar has it. They also have an amazing corn cookie that is worth a try. Go check it out next time you have a cookie impulse.
Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie | Courtesy of Ovenly
Artopolis is a Greek paradise. With a wide assortment of specialty cookies, it feels as if every cookie was made with love and dedication. Try the chocolate-covered nut cookie or go Greek and munch on classic cultural treats such as Kourambiethes and Melomakaronas.
With some of the best sweets and snacks in New York, Ovenly doesnt let you down with its cookies. Anyone will be happy with their options because they can make cookies that are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. The salted chocolate chip cookie is vegan and is consistently listed as a crowd favorite. The salted peanut butter cookie is gluten free, but you would never know it. As for more traditional cookie lovers, the pistachio agave cookie is definitely one to try.
With two locations in Tribeca and Red Hook, Baked is taking over. Their look is bold, yet inviting. Baked features some of New York’s best cookies including the Brookster, which is a hybrid cookie and brownie in one treat, a peanut butter milk chocolate chip cookie made especially for the Tribeca location, and a samoa bar, which means you can get your girl scout cookie fix anytime you want.
If Schmackary’s were in the dictionary, its definition would be ‘cookie heaven.’ Talk about cookie creativity! Located next to Times Square in the theater district, Schmackary’s has just about any kind of cookie you could ever think of. The strawberries and cream will melt in your mouth. The monster cookie is completely gluten free and is as nutty as a cookie gets. The classic chocolate chip is sweet, yet has a salty kick to it. So whether you just saw your favorite Broadway show or had a late night out on the town and need something warm and sweet, stop by Schmackary’s.
Opened in 1902 in Yorkville, New York, by the Glaser family, Glaser’s Bake Shop is a traditional spot perfect for anyone who wants to feel like a real New Yorker. Located in the same spot for over a century in the Upper East Side, Glaser’s Bake Shop has truly perfected the black and white cookie. After all, what would a classic New York bakery be without one? This old-fashioned, family establishment will leave you feeling cheery and right at home in the big city.
Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery is an adorable little shop with a very welcoming staff, Tu-Lu’s has the look of a classic, joyful bakery while still upholding a level of sophistication and creativity due to its extensive menu. As far as cookies go, here are the must-trys, the oatmeal cranberry white chocolate, the kitchen sink, vegan chocolate chip, and, the almighty of the gluten free cookies, the pumpkin snickerdoodle.
Culture Espresso is home to one of the most beloved chocolate chip cookies in New York City. Luckily for any busy New Yorker, the chocolate chip cookie goes great with coffee. Drop by before work for a cup and a cookie. They are all full of gooey, soft goodness, so why wouldn’t you? The sleek décor and tasty menu is not worth missing out on.
A small-batch bakery café in the heart of the East Village, Zucker Bakery works to bring a spiced take on the classic cookie. Paired with their delicious, heart warming coffee, these cookies never fail to satisfy. For some ethnic flavors, try the alfajores, which are Argentinian cookies filled with dulce de leche. If you are looking for something simple and special, try the spiced honey cookies. Whatever cookie you choose, you will be happy you stepped into Zucker.
While Jacques Torres is known as a chocolatier with the best chocolate in town, their cookies are not to be overlooked. These large sea salt chocolate chip cookies go perfectly with Jacques Torres’ coffee. However, if you really have a sweet tooth, try making an ice cream sandwich with their cookies. Plus, with so many locations, your cravings will always conveniently be satisfied.