Our 10 Best Cookies in NYC

The West Village branch of Birdbath flaunts its wares.
The West Village branch of Birdbath flaunts its wares.
Robert Sietsema

Dining trends may come and go, but cookies are eternal. And for good reason: There are few foods that more skillfully combine comfort, nostalgia, pleasure, portability, and economy than the cookie, be it thin and crispy, plump and cakey, molded into bars or served as sandwiches stuffed with marshmallow fluff, buttercream, or gelato.

The word "cookie" derives from the Dutch koekje. And while cookies arrived in America before the Dutch did, New York, thanks to its first Dutch settlers, can lay claim to the word itself, which was subsequently Anglicized and spread across the land. So in a nod to both the city's history and its current abundance of superlative bakeries, we present our picks for our 10 best cookies.

As always, our list may not conform to your own, so feel free to tell us what we missed -- or perhaps have never had the chance to try -- in the comments section. And please note that while some may define brownies as cookies, we don't; also, as much as we love them, we're not including ice cream sandwiches, either, as they merit their own list.

Boomtown Bakery's mint Oreo cookie.
Boomtown Bakery's mint Oreo cookie.

10. Momofuku Milk Bar's corn cookie (everything that's good about a corn muffin, in cookie form), 207 Second Avenue, no phone

9. Boomtown Bakery's mint Oreo cookie (gluten-free and vegan, and still utterly delicious), boomtown-bakedgoods.com

8. Little Buddy Biscuit Company's ginger-molasses cookie (chunks of crystallized ginger, spice, and plenty of chew), 635 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-369-6355

7. The Meatball Shop's brownie cookie (dense and chocolaty as a brownie, complete with a crackly shell), 84 Stanton Street, 212-982-8895

6. The Treats Truck's peanut butter sandwich cookie (basically just peanut butter, butter, sugar, and perfection), treatstruck.com

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