Gallery: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie In New York City

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Yura on Madison
Yura on Madison
"There's something I love about this cookie," wrote one taster. "Fresh, appealing, homemade. Grandma-style." But others found it "unremarkable," with "somewhat bland chocolate" and "not quite enough crisp."

1292 Madison Avenue (at East 92nd Street; map), 212-860-1707, yuraonmadison.com

Alice's Tea Cup
Alice's Tea Cup
While a perfectly decent cookie, it didn't shine in a batch of such strong contenders. "I have no problems with this cookie," one taster wrote, echoing the opinions of many. "I'd eat it again. But I wouldn't remember it."

Multiple locations (map); alicesteacup.com‎

Max Brenner
Max Brenner
Were these cookies doughier than the last batch we tried? In this round, our tasters were put off by what one called the "massive dough blob" composition. And while the dark, melty chocolate won points, the "somewhat flat" cookie flavor didn't. "Levain raw, but without Levain flavor."

841 Broadway (map), 212-388-0030, maxbrenner.com

Pret a Manger
Pret a Manger
We stand by our love of these fast-food cookies. When matched up against more of New York's best, however, they fell a bit short. "I like the thickness, and they have a good crunch. But the middle could be a bit softer." "Sweet is good, but after all the others, I'll admit that these are a touch too sweet."

Various locations in New York (map)pret.com/us/

Baked
Baked
Though they fared well in the Brooklyn round, most of our tasters found these too doughy when stacked up against all the top contenders. "Soft and yielding—not enough of a bite." "Great cookie flavor: buttery, salty, sweet. But I think I liked these better last time. I remember more crunch."

359 Van Brunt Street (at Dikerman Street; map); 718-222-0345; bakednyc.com

Dessert Club
Dessert Club
Chocolate chip cookies, are, in the end, cookies—not just chocolate vehicles. And these small, appealing confections were just too chocolatey. "I can't taste any cookie in here. The chocolate takes over." But otherwise, no complaints. "For a little cookie, the texture is perfect: crisp and chew in every tiny nibble."

204 East 10th Street (b/n First and Second Avenues; map); 212-475-0929; dessertclubchikalicious.com

Almondine
Almondine
When a good cookie needs just a little more chocolate—and a little less sugar. "Chewy and soft, the perfect cookie texture." "I get real salt; I get real butter. And I love the crispy edges. But isn't this a little stingy on the chocolate?" "Against the others, this is just too sweet."

85 Water Street (b/n Dock and Main; map); 718-797-5026; almondinebakery.com‎

Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
Blue Ribbon Bakery Market
These chewy little cookies were some of the strongest contenders, scoring in almost every taster's top four. "Salty, buttery, incredible. If there were a single word for 'chocolate chip cookie' taste, these cookies would be exactly that." The only criticism: a bit too salty. (And this is a crowd that likes its salt.)

14 Bedford Street (near Downing; map); 212-647-0408; blueribbonrestaurants.com‎

Levain
Levain
Oh, Levain. Who knew that a snack could be so polarizing? We've come to terms with the fact that you're just not our ideal chocolate chip cookie. Too big. Too chewy. Not enough crisp. But oh, goodness, are you tasty. "It's not just how big this cookie is. It's not just the raw cookie dough effect. It's that this is really, really good raw cookie dough."

167 West 74th Street (near Amsterdam; map), 212-874-6080, levainbakery.com

Bouchon Bakery
Bouchon Bakery
Our runner-up. "I'm still partial to [winner redacted]," one taster wrote. "But this cookie has far superior chocolate." All in all, our tasters were delighted. "More chocolate than Almondine; softer than Dessert Club. In a word, perfect." Our one misgiving: "Still doughy—almost raw—in the middle."

Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle (map), 212-823-9364, bouchonbakery.com

Roasting Plant / Tom Cat Bakery
Roasting Plant / Tom Cat Bakery
"A gorgeous cookie—bumps, nooks, and crannies. Chewy, crispy. An absolute ideal." There wasn't much we didn't love about the Roasting Plant's chocolate chip cookies—the winners of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Championship.

Their secret? We'd been assured the Plant baked their own cookies—and they do. But their dough? It comes from acclaimed NYC wholesaler Tom Cat Bakery. Their recipe uses pastry flour and Callebaut chocolate, and other shops, including Colador Café, Ground Support, and City Bean carry these cookies—but The Roasting Plant is the only place to bake them in-house, turning out fresh chocolate chippers at least four to five times a day. What can we say? It works. Score one for freshness.

75 Greenwich (map); 81 Orchard (map)