May 31, 2011
This month, Manhattan Magazine shares the best spots and activities in the Hamptons. Number 5 on their to-do list is to stop by our Wainscott location to pick up “mouthwatering, hockey-puck-size cookies” for “hosts with a sweet tooth.”
June 10, 2010
Everyone knows that our cookies are the hottest treats in town, but now Levain is getting even cooler. That’s right friends- Levain Bakery will soon officially be air conditioned! Amazingly enough, we have been operating out of our Upper West Side location sans AC since 1995…that’s fifteen Manhattan summers, for the record!… and with those ovens constantly opening and closing to deliver the freshest and most delicious cookies in the world- well, let’s just say it hasn’t quite been sugar and spice and everything nice with temperatures upwards of 90 degrees. Even though we like to think of ourselves as tough cookies around here…you know what they say, if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!… I can safely tell you that we’re all nothing short of ecstatic to welcome the new addition to the bakery.
Installation’s going to take some time, but with any luck, we should be beating the heat by the time the solstice rolls around. Stop in soon, and you may even catch the staff doing a little happy dance as they pack away the fans and bid farewell to mountains of melting cookie dough. And don’t worry- even though it’ll be a bit cooler in here, those cookies are still going to be warm out of the oven!
So come and chill out with us all summer long…what could be sweeter?
March 25, 2010
New York chef and restaurateur Akhtar Nawab shared his favorite spots in his neighborhood in this week’s Time Out New York. He tells Daniel Gritzer that he frequents Levain Bakery with his daughter Ela: “She loves the cookies, but I usually get her brioche with cinnamon sugar or a blueberry muffin.” And he describes the Whole-Wheat Walnut Raisin roll as “really dense and tender.”
October 3, 2009
Come see us for cookies, milk and Kahlua all while helping fight hunger through once again is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength next Saturday night, October 11th 9pm – midnight! We are proud and excited to be a part of this second annual event. Check out the event and buy your tickets now at http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2009/
For a preview of things check out Metromix http://newyork.metromix.com/restaurants/essay_photo_gallery/what-to-eat-at/1496935/content
See you Saturday!
August 22, 2009
This is why we love making cookies! Thank you for sharing, you made our day.
Dear Levain Bakery Staff,
I’m attaching a photo of my two nephews, Frank and Aidan, after they finished eating one of your chocolate chip cookies. They said they were the best chocolate chip cookies in the world and I agree!
Thank you for caring so much about good food and making our lives a little sweeter!
August 14, 2009
Quick Bite | Wainscott
Published: August 14, 2009
“Never have 12 cookies weighed so much,” said Michael Hirtenstein of Manhattan and Bridgehampton, lifting his purchase from the counter at Levain Bakery in Wainscott on a recent afternoon.
Levain’s signature cookies ($4) are indeed impressive in their heft and lumpy handmade charm. Each weighs six ounces and is nearly half as thick as it is wide. They come in four flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and dark chocolate peanut butter chip.
“There’s kind of an art to scaling it perfectly,” said Connie McDonald, the co-owner with Pam Weekes of the 10-year-old bakery in Wainscott and its 14-year-old sister bakery on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The cookie’s thickness allows the center to be soft with melted semi-sweet chocolate chunks and chewy with raisins or nuts, while the outside remains crisp and firm. Substantial and satisfying, the chocolate chip walnut cookie is practically a meal in itself.
Levain produces fine artisanal breads (a crusty ciabatta is $4.50, a whole wheat walnut raisin is $6.75), bomboloncini (baked jelly doughnuts, $2 each), and flat pizza breads in flavors like caramelized onion with Parmesan or artichoke Gruyère ($7.50 each). Espresso ($1.50) and cappuccino ($2.75 small, $3.75 large) are also available. There is no table service, but there are benches to sit on.
Rustic fruit tarts are a specialty only at the East End location. A combination of strawberries, blueberries and peaches is framed in a light pie crust ($25 for a six-inch). The sweet tarts are seasonal pleasures, just like Levain’s Wainscott bakery. It closes for the year in late September. (Levain Bakery in Manhattan is open year-round.)
Levain Bakery, Wainscott Village Shopping Center, 354 Montauk Highway, Wainscott; (631) 537-8570. levainbakery.com. Open daily July through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open weekends April through June, and from Labor Day until the last weekend of September (call for hours). SUSAN M. NOVICK
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
This is the second summer Daniel has worked for us in Wainscott and we are so happy that he came back this summer. We just wish he did not have to go back to school so soon! He is great to have around and keeps us all laughing and is a great dancer!
Name: Daniel Narvaez Garcia
What’s your sign: Aquarius
Where did you grow up? Cuenca-Ecuador
What is your favorite color? Brown
What is your favorite thing at the bakery? Everybody
Cat or Dog? Dog
If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped? Cuenca
What smells best when it is in the oven? The cookies
Chocolate chip walnut or chocolate chocolate chip? Chocolate Chip Walnut
What is your favorite song played at the bakery? Use Some Body – Get the Rhythm
If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why? The cookies, because we sell the most of them.
Make a statement that defines you. Vive tu vida como si fuera el ultimo dia. “Live everyday like it is your last>”
July 25, 2009
George is another one of our summer “kids” out on Long Island. A surfer from Connecticut (really?!) who wandered into the bakery last Spring inquiring about work.
Name: George McGinniss
What’s your sign: Scorpio
Where did you grow up? Connecticut
What is your favorite color? White
What is your favorite thing at the bakery? Cookies (All of them)
Cat or Dog? Catog
If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped? To the body of George McGinniss
What smells best when it is in the oven? Cookies
Chocolate chip walnut or chocolate chocolate chip? Both, as long as milk is nearby
What is your favorite song played at the bakery? In the Waiting Line – Garden State Soundtrack
What is your least favorite song played at the bakery? Jason Mraz
If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why? A rolling pin, because I could just rolllll along
Make a statement that defines you. I am George am I.
July 18, 2009
Sometimes it seems that to work at Levain Bakery you must have a certain name. ie Alexis, Emily, etc. Right now we have three Emily’s!
What’s your sign: Leo
Where did you grow up? New Jersey
What is your favorite color? I go back and forth between blue and green
What is your favorite thing at the bakery? Pizzas
Cat or Dog? Dog
If you could be a cookie package, where would you want to be shipped? Anywhere in Tuscany
What smells best when it is in the oven? Sour cream coffee cake
Chocolate chip walnut or chocolate chocolate chip? Chocolate chip walnut
What is your favorite song played at the bakery? Ragged Wood by Fleet Fox
What is your least favorite song played at the bakery? The bakery only plays good music.
If you could be one thing in the bakery, what would you be and why? The big mixer – it can do anything.
Make a statement that defines you. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”