[Photo: Kathy YL Chan] Now this could be breakfast every day. One tidy sourdough roll ($3), neatly scored with browned surfaces. Crisp crust, gentle tang. But it's not just a sourdough roll. Crack open and you'll find... ...dark chocolate!...
As far as this column is concerned, Levain's real stars are half-hidden on a shelf behind the counter: moist, dense, and flavorsome breads, made daily so they're always fresh. You sense a trace of fermentation when you bite into them—a welcome reminder that bread is a living thing.
The Bomboloni ($2.25) from Levain Bakery are not fried. I didn't know what to make of that at first—can they even be called a bomboloni if they're baked? That's an issue to debate another day. But for now, this...
If you live in New York and you like sweets, you owe it to yourself to try Levain Bakery's famous chocolate chip cookie. But what about their other, less well known dessert products? Is Levain a one trick pony? To find out, I bought a slice of their Sour Cream Pound Cake ($3.50).
In honor of Serious Eats Bakery Week, we set out to answer a question that's been on our mind for ages: what's the best baguette in New York? Because for every good baguette, there are dozens of disappointments. Tough, mouth-hurting crusts or doughy, spongy insides. A dried-out crumb or a flavor that's too sweet or too sour or just plain bland. We're tired of suffering bad bread—and wanted to find you the best in the city.
After six formal blind taste-tests, hundreds of cookies behind us, and a final half-dozen follow-up taste-offs to ensure consistency—we're ready to declare a winner. The Top 11 Countdown, listed after the jump and in the slideshow above.