Levain Bakery should be serving consent forms along with their cookies. Dieters beware–there’s a live webcam in the store that broadcasts on the bakery’s website. I just checked out the pictures on the site. I’m sure it’s a way of utilizing social media and technology, but it comes across as more disturbing than fun.
I have heard so many great things about Levain, but I hadn’t tried it because I’m rarely in the neighborhood. I checked out the website beforehand and wanted to try one of those chocolate breads pictured on the homepage. So on a recent trip to the Upper West Side, I stopped in. It’s a small shop that does a takeout business. It quickly got crowded as I was placing my order on a Friday afternoon. I wanted to try one of the big fat cookies that are so popular. I also got a cinnamon brioche, pictured below, as they didn’t have the chocolate one. The brioche tasted good, but the dough had this soft/chewy feel to it that I wasn’t too crazy about.
I got a chocolate peanut butter cookie, and it was good, but again, not great. I shared both of these with a friend of mine who loved them. I guess they just aren’t my taste.