Sugar Rush: Sour Cream Coffee Cake at Levain Bakery

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.


[Photograph: Niko Triantafillou]

If you live in New York and you like sweets, you owe it to yourself to try Levain Bakery's famous chocolate chip cookie. But what about their other, less well known dessert products? Is Levain a one trick pony? To find out, I bought a slice of their Sour Cream Pound Cake ($3.50).

As soon as I placed my order, it became clear that this place knows their customer base: they asked me if I wanted an "end" or a "middle" slice—how's that for customer service?

The slice itself is huge and very dense. It has a thin vein of cinnamon and brown sugar running through it that tastes especially fresh. But the crust is the most unique part of the cake, not just on top but throughout. It's dark at the edges, almost burnt, but then mellows out to a miche loaf-like gold.

I recommend pairing the cake with a scoop of Adirondack Creamery vanilla ice available at the nearby Best Yet Market.

If you visit, don't forget to check on the line status at both the UWS and Harlem stores via the live "cookie-cam."

Levain Bakery

2167 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY, 10026 (map) 646-455-0952