We love a good pastry fad as much as the next New Yorker, but nothing can replace the nostalgic comforts of a good old chocolate-chip cookie. Lucky for us, this city is home to some of the best, from creative riffs to perfectly executed classics that would make Grandma proud.
17 of the Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies in New York
Smile To Go
When it comes to cookies, we adhere to the “more is more” philosophy. That’s why we love the Smile’s use of ginormous dark-chocolate chips and much more than a pinch of coarse sea salt.
Multiple locations; smiletogonyc.com
The Good Batch
This husband-and-wife-owned shop, which also has a Smorgasburg stand, keeps us coming back for not one but two renditions on the classic: a satisfyingly chewy oat chocolate chunk and a frosting-filled sandwich cookie. (Pro tip: Get one of each.)
936 Fulton St., Brooklyn; thegoodbatch.com
These palm-sized masterpieces are served warm, so they’re basically happiness in edible form. We recommend visiting the Astoria shop so you can bask in the intoxicating fresh-baked-cookie smell (but, if you must, it also delivers).
30-06 34th St., Queens; chipnewyorkcity.com
Sweet Corner is a bakery with global roots: The owners are Brazilian, the chocolate is Belgian and the sea salt is French—but lucky for us, we only have to travel to the West Village to satiate our cookie craving.
535 Hudson St.; sweetcorner.com
Finding the ideal ratio of sweet to salty is a science, and the wizards at Ovenly deserve a Nobel Prize for perfecting it in their “secretly vegan” chocolate-chip cookies.
Multiple locations; oven.ly
While the cookies at this Red Hook-born bakery are certainly nothing to sniff at, it’s the Brookster—aka a magical hybrid in which chocolate-chip dough is baked into a brownie—that stole our heart.
Multiple locations; bakednyc.com
If you’re on Team Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (one of the most underrated combos, if you ask us), leave it to the shop named for the grain in question to come up with a superlative version. We’ll take this as permission to have cookies for breakfast.
120 W. Third St.; oatmealsny.com
The award for most creative goes to this European-style bakery, which adds rosemary and hazelnut to its chocolate-chip recipe. (The results are unexpectedly life-changing.)
Multiple locations; bakeribrooklyn.com
If you haven’t had a Levain cookie, are you even a New Yorker? These dense, doughy beauties are on every foodie bucket list for good reason. And it goes without saying: You’ll have to wait in line, but it’ll be worth it.
Multiple locations; levainbakery.com
Dark chocolate generally reigns supreme when it comes to chip choice, but at Buttermilk Bakeshop the cookies include white and milk chips as well. Pretty sure this is what the term “triple threat” was coined for.
260 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; buttermilkbakeshop.com
Erin Mckenna’s Bakery
Yes, these vegan, kosher chocolate-chip cookies are free of refined sugar, gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and eggs—but you’d never know it from how insanely addictive they are.
248 Broome St.; erinmckennasbakery.com
The geniuses at Jacques Torres found a way to stuff even more chocolate into a cookie: coat the bottom in their signature house blend 60 percent dark. (Be still, our heart.)
Multiple locations; mrchocolate.com
Who needs milk when you have wine? At this Bushwick spot, the cookies are baked in small batches and wine and beer are served all day. How do you say “We’ll have another round” in French?
1524 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn; limprimerie.nyc
One Girl Cookies
Usually when we’ve got cookies on the mind, we don’t notice much else, but at One Girl Cookies we’re almost as smitten with the shop’s charming decor as we are with its classic chocolate chip.
Multiple locations; onegirlcookies.com
Tiny Kitchen Treats
While Tiny Kitchen Treats is best known for its butter cookies with intricate icing, we love the customizable chocolate-chip-cookie cakes because they’re big enough to share. If you choose to.
1413 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn; tinykitchentreats.com
Studio Café At The Whitney
OK, we’re not suggesting you go to the Whitney just for a cookie—you should go to see art! But between exhibitions, you should definitely make a pit stop for the fancy-pants (and sneakily gluten-free) triple-chocolate cookie, served with a jar of vanilla-infused milk.
99 Gansevoort St.; untitledatthewhitney.com