All photos by Kate Previte
Tomorrow, Levain Bakery is opening a new location in Williamsburg, the first time New Yorkers will be able to get their hands on one of their six-ounce, deliciously gooey cookies in Brooklyn. Located at 164 North 4th Street, just off bustling Bedford Avenue, it will serve all their cookie varieties, along with bread, brioche, and coffee.
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Co-owners Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald opened their first location in 1995 in a tiny storefront on West 74th Street. Believe it or not, it was at first a bread bakery. At the time, Weekes and McDonald were competing in Ironman triathlons, and they developed their famous cookie recipe as fuel. As soon as they started selling them at the bakery, they became insanely popular. This tiny storefront still draws lines down the street.
Locations in Harlem and the Hamptons followed, as well as a second, larger Upper West Side outpost. Last summer, they opened on the Upper East Side, where they started serving ice cream sandwiches, and in February, they opened their first downtown location in Noho, which was also the first time that they introduced their double chocolate chip cookie (for those who aren’t into the traditional chocolate chip-walnut). Levain’s first location outside NYC will open in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC. An opening date has not yet been set.
Photo by Kate Previte
Their new Williamsburg spot, like the rest of the bakeries, will only be open for pickup for the time being. They’ll also offer delivery through Caviar. “We were almost finished with construction when COVID hit, so that really slowed us down. We’re very excited to finally have the construction restrictions lifted and be able to get things finished and get going there,” Weekes told Bklyner. All profits from opening day will be donated to North Brooklyn Angels, a nonprofit that runs a local community kitchen.
Levain Williamsburg will be open daily from 8am to 8pm.
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