Macchiato’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Should Be Considered in Best Cookie Debate
Oh, the chocolate chip cookie. One influential group of people have a taste-off declaring a winner, and the matter is settled? Not so fast! I’ve never bought into the supposed “best chocolate chip cookie” stand-bys in NYC. I’m not the biggest fan of Levain’s, City Bakery appeals to those who like their cookies crispy, and flatter, and Pret’s is pretty great thanks to a warming case keeping it gooey. But if you’re going to say “best cookie in Midtown” you should probably try all the chocolate chip cookies in Midtown, right? (Don’t mind if we do!) After all there are a lot of chocolate chip cookies in Midtown alone, and the half of them aren’t even given a fair chance. Like the chocolate chip from Macchiato Espresso Bar (on 44th btw 3rd+Lex), which definitely deserves a mention!
Not much has changed at the Macchiato Espresso since we last visited in ’09, same sandwiches and salads, with a decent selection of freshly baked pastries. I had (look away my Joe baristas!) popped in for an afternoon latte, spotted their case of cookies, and gave into my sweet tooth. This cookie held a lot of promise. The dimensions are right for a $1.35 afternoon snack, and my first bite revealed gooey chunks made from some quality chocolate. The dough tasted more on the vanilla, white sugar side of the cookie spectrum, if that’s what you’re into. Trying to be all blogger-like, I cut my cookie in half to get a better photo.
Fooled! If the chocolate chunks had better distribution, this would be one good cookie, but who wants one half sugar cookie? Not I! I suppose it depends upon the batch as to whether this happens, hopefully it won’t be the case if they ever get picked for a “Best of” list.