It’s National Chocolate-Chip Cookie Day! NYC’s Five Best Morsels

Of America’s culinary contributions – the apple pie, the juicy cheeseburger, the mac & cheese – perhaps its finest is The Chocolate-Chip Cookie. At its best, its gooey in the middle, warm with crisp edges, and a minefield of rich chocolate-chip chunks. And at its worst, it’s simply dough and chocolate – and my, is that wonderful. But today is National Chocolate-Chip Cookie Day, when these doughy, little saucer-shaped desserts are celebrated for the joy they bring to us and the world. Here’s where to find NYC’s Five Best Chocolate-Chip Cookies.

Paradis To-Go: the gooey, crispy, and chocolatey-chip morsels are such a hit at this dainty café off Union Square, that the spot offers Chocolate-Chip Cookie punchcards. Get yours.

Levain Bakery:  the guaranteed line round-the-corner says it all about this beloved Upper West Side bakery. And the shocker: they don’t even offer a chocolate-cookie chip. The closest is their chocolate-chip walnut (see photo) – but that doesn’t stop purists and cookie monsters from salivating outside their doors daily.

Jacques Torres: crispy, thin-as-a-pancake, and loaded with long, slender chunks of fudgy chocolate-chips, this high-end chocolate shop’s cookie is simply masterful. 

Birdbath Bakery: this East Village green bakery brings new meaning to "sustainability" with its frisbee-sized, stackable cookies that sustain you for 3+ hours.

Salt of the Earth Bakery: salty, sweet, and absolutely delicious is this online company’s "Choco-Rama" chocolate-chip cookie, flanked with a buttery, oatmeal base, artisan E. Guittard chips, and sea salt crystals. Scoop up the morsels at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Fairway, Balducci’s, and more

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Even Cookie Monster Likes Carly Rae Jepsen

The summertime reign of Carly Rae Jepsen continues. Have you given up and downloaded the song on your iPhone on your way out of a bar in Manhattan and then listened to it on repeat for the entirety of the 35-minute commute back to your apartment in Brooklyn? (Asking for a friend.) Well, you’re not alone, Jepfriends, because even the cookiest of Sesame Street denizens exhibits his typical lack of self-control when it comes to those insufferably infectious sounds of "Call Me Maybe."

That’s right: Cookie Monster has his own cover of "Call Me Maybe," aptly titled "Share It Maybe." Of course, the cover lacks Jepsen’s accurate use of subject-verb agreement skills, but Cookie Monster is, arguably, much cuter, and it has a much better lesson (read: sharing is caring, but, you know, don’t just give out your contact information to every attractive stranger). Plus, those eyes! It makes one long for a hot and heavy office romance with the blue monster, huh? (Nope!)

By the way, I’m working on my own hilarious parody, the chorus of which will go something like, "Here’s my number / Don’t get weird about it, OK? Call me if you feel like it, otherwise no skin off my bones. I have enough to deal in my life without your dramz."