16 October 2012

The best of the best vegan chocolate chip cookies in New York City

As a self-proclaimed chocolate chip connoisseur, I have been scouring New York City to find the best of the best vegan chocolate chip cookies. It has been a tough job, but I have finally come up with my list. Since I love each cookie for various and unique reasons, I decided not to rate them against each other. They are all amazing in their own delicious and cruelty-free ways. And so, in no particular order, here they are...

Vegan O'Brien cookie enjoyed by the 'Vegan Assassin'
  1. Vegan O’Brien Baking Company- Baked with love by owner Evan O’Brien, these elusive cookies can be found in Manhattan at the Blue Stockings in the Lower East Side. Thick and chewy, with just the right amount of crunch, these treats can be paired with a vegan latte as you peruse the new and used book collection at this volunteer run, fair trade cafe, activist center, and book store.
  2. Sun in Bloom- Can these amazing cookies really be gluten-free? Yes indeed. And if one perfectly baked cookie isn’t enough for you, try the cookie sandwich at this Brooklyn gem where the gluten free dishes are freshly prepared and oh so tasty.
  3. Peace Food Cafe- Okay, so the cookie I adore at this Upper West Side joint is a little more involved than your standard chocolate chip variety. It’s called the Magic Cookie, and the name is well deserved. With a blend of carrots, oats and chocolate chips, this cookie is a perfect balance of savory and sweet. And if you prefer the more traditional option, PFC also offers a regular and gluten free chocolate chip cookie.
  4. Terri NYC- Thick and somewhat cake-like, and studded with mini chocolate chips, these cookies are all too easily delivered to my door in under 20 minutes. And with a menu that also includes a chickpea tuna melt and an addictive breakfast wrap that is served all day, this place is dangerous.
  5. Babycakes- How could I not include the quintessential cookie by  Erin McKenna. The wafer thin, crispy cookie has a texture all its own, and it’s light enough to make an argument for the necessity of two cookies at a time. This light delight can also be found on the counters at Stogo, to complement the selection of dairy-free ice cream.
  6. Body and Soul- I found this bakery’s cookie tucked away in a small stand at the Union Square’s Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately, this bakery does not have a store front to offer it’s unique creations, which include chocolate fennel sunflower cookies and gluten-free chili cornbread, but fortunately they can be found Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's at the market.
  7. Jivamuktea Cafe- Though the chocolate chip cookie is not offered every day, it’s worth taking the chance to wander into this hidden gem of a cafe that is connected to Jivamukti yoga studio. The freshly made dishes are served up quick, and even if the cookie isn’t available, from raw soups to hearty sandwiches, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
Well, that about sums it up...for now. I'm sure there are more blog-worthy cookies out there, and I intend to find them. In the meantime, let me know if you have a favorite, locally made chocolate cookie in the Big Apple that I may have missed!

Lori Zito | @LoriZito
Lori is an animal-loving, life-loving vegan who is passionate about spreading the message of better health through a vegan diet. She works as a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, a yoga instructor, and a physical therapist. Learn more at her website Live In The Balance and follow her on Facebook.

Photo credit: Lori