My girlfriend and I were so bored this weekend we decided to travel across our City and find New York's best chocolate chip cookie. We did our research first and found all of the places that people were recommending as having the best and we visited the top choices off of ten lists, including Levain Bakery, Bouchon Bakery, Roasting Plant, Birdbath Bakery, Jacques Torres and Milk & Cookies. We thought it would be close, but there was a clear winner - Roasting Plant Coffee.
Their cookies are about the ugliest chocolate chip cookies you have ever seen. They look like they have been aged and are about to sprout toxic mold. But when you bite into them they are everything a chocolate chip cookie should be and more. They are chewy (not gooey like Levain or Jacques Torres), they are caramelly (not tasting of flour like Levain or oats like Milk & Cookies) and the chips are not too small (like Mik & Cookies) or too big (like Jacques Torres).
Overall taste goes to Roasting Plant. Birdbath Bakery takes second place and had the best overall chocolate chip quality. Levain takes third with the most unique chocolate chip cookie you will likely find and especially good for those who prefer cookie dough to cookie cooked. Jacques Torres had the worst chocolate quality (with a slightly metallic taste I find in many of their chocolates) which so dominated the dough as to cause a complete taste breakdown - we did discover, however, that Jacques Torres does make the City's best Mocha and Hot Chocolate which served to keep us satisfied and warm on an absolutely frigid day.
We would rate the cookies we tried as follows (best to worst):
1. Roasting Plant (75 Greenwich Ave)
2. Birdbath Bakery (160 Prince Street)
3. Levain Bakery (167 West 74th Street)
4. Bouchon Bakery (10 Columbus Circle)
5. Milk & Cookies (19 Commerce Street)
6. Jacques Torres (285 Amsterdam Avenue)