How the Cookie Crumbles

The city's best chocolate chip cookies

Oh god, we just ate a lot of cookies. Someone had to. After rigorous taste-testing dozens of worthy contenders, here, in no particular order, are our picks for the city's chocolatiest best.

Jacques Torres ($3)
This large, flat specimen is drizzled with chocolate,  yielding a likably changing taste--fudgy and decadent in one bite, then crisp and sweet the next.

Maison Kayser ($3)
Sometimes you want a chocolate cookie with your chocolate chips. Eric Kayser of the international chain bakes a fine bittersweet one that's rich and "everything I want," according to one taster.

Almondine Bakery ($2.50)
The Dumbo bakery bounced back from Sandy-shuttering. Herve Poussot's wide, crunchy, caramelly cookies are still on point.

Blue Ribbon Bakery Market ($1)
The Bromberg brothers master thin, crispy cookies with melty chocolate. But don't confuse thin and crispy for dry and dusty--these guys have just the right amount of doughy give.

Baked ($2.75)
Contrary to its name, this Red Hook bakery makes a slightly under-baked cookie, giving it an ooey, gooey pecan pie-y thing we like.

Pommes Palais ($7 for 8 cookies)
Michel Richard's version may look like some sort of healthy biscuit, but we're fans of the sweet-enough, nutty (walnuts!) flavor and soft crumb.

Amy's Bread ($2.50)
This bakery standby makes a mean cookie, hitting the right balance of textures: crisp edges, soft center.

Du Jour Bakery ($1.25)
"YUM," went one particularly scientific tasting note for these pretty (and pretty delicious) cookies from Talde's former bread bakers, TJ and Vera Obias. Their versions amps up the chocolate to dough ratio, making for one sweet bite.

Bouchon Bakery ($3)
More proof that Thomas Keller can do no wrong: His chocolate chunk cookies are super buttery and taste like homemade would taste if Thomas Keller lived in your home.

The Smile ($3.50)
A little sea salt goes a long way at this cult Noho café. Brenna White puts a little crunch in each bite, nicely accentuating the slightly bitter chocolate chunks.

The Smile 26 Bond St. New York NY 10012 646-329-5836 Bouchon Bakery (Columbus Circle) 10 Columbus Circle NY 10023 212-823-9366 Bouchon Bakery (Rockefeller Center) 1 Rockefeller Plaza New York NY 10020 212-782-3890 Du Jour Bakery 365 Fifth Ave. Brooklyn NY 11215 347-227-8953 Amy's Bread (Hell's Kitchen) 672 Ninth Ave. New York NY 10036 212-977-2670 Amy's Bread (Chelsea) 75 Ninth Ave. New York NY 10011 212-462-4338 Amy's Bread (West Village) 250 Bleecker St. New York NY 10012 212-675-7802 Pommes Palais 455 Madison Ave. New York NY 10022 Baked 359 Van Brunt St. Brooklyn NY 11231 718-222-0345 Blue Ribbon Bakery Market 14 Bedford St. New York NY 10014 212-647-0408 Almondine Bakery 85 Water St. Brooklyn NY 11201 718-797-5026 Maison Kayser (Upper East Side) 1294 Third Ave. New York NY 10021 212-744-3100 Maison Kayser (Flatiron) 921 Broadway New York NY 10010 212-979-1600 Maison Kayser (Bryant Park) 8 W. 40th St. New York NY 10018 212-354-2300 Jacques Torres (Dumbo) 66 Water St. Brooklyn NY 11201 718-875-1269 Jacques Torres (Upper West Side) 285 Amsterdam Ave. New York NY 10023 212-787-3256 Jacques Torres (West Village) 350 Hudson St. New York NY 10013 212-414-2462 Jacques Torres (Rockefeller Center) 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York NY 10123 212-664-1804


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