Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies? I discovered them in France, when I was a kid: my brother made some at school, but it was really something we saw on TV, not that mainstream, that appeared few years later at the supermarket. Then, coming here, I had a revelation at Levain Bakery, on the Upper West Side: they serve the kind of cookies that make you want to lay down. They are big, heavy, chewy, with tons of chocolate. Sweet but not overly. My next cookie adventure was at City Bakery where I got the chance to try freshly made cookies that were so delightfully buttery that you refuse to share them. Followed Jacques Torres and Untitled at The Whitney Museum, accompanied by a little bottle of milk to neutralize the sweetness. Of course, I cannot not mention the interpretation of cookies and milk that Chef Dominique Ansel did, pouring milk in a glass shaped cookie. In fact, it is while eating the cookie at Untitled that our friends Jen and Gary mentioned the one at Culture Espresso and, we stumbled upon that place as we were going to an art gallery before bunch, attracted by the sign saying “voted best cookie in NYC”.
Jodi probably saw my eyes looking with envy at the place and it did not take long to persuade me to their cookie before lunch…At $3.50 a piece, the cookie has a weird shape, like a dome. It was slightly warm and, as I broke it into two pieces, it revealed lots of chocolate that was slightly melted. The first bite was divine: chewy, slightly buttery, you cannot not end up with chocolate on your fingers. It was very good, although a bit sweet and a glass of milk is definitely welcome.
Is Culture Espresso the best chocolate chip cookie in the City? I beg to differ: City Bakery, Levain Bakery, Jacques Torres and Untitled are my top 4. But still, if you are passing by, it is worth trying.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Culture Espresso - 307 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018