Milk & Cookies, a new bakery in the West Village, brings New Yorkers of all ages back to their childhood with this classic dessert combination. Founded by a former software professional, this small shop is nice reminder that a simple glass of milk and a cookie (or two, or three) can still compete with the latest and greatest inventions.
Intrigued by the buzz around this new bakery, Andrew and I trekked to the west side of Manhattan for a Sunday afternoon snack. The shop is located on a beautiful, tree-lined street and fits in perfectly with the relaxed atmosphere of the neighborhood. Immediately upon entering the store we could smell freshly baked cookies, but couldn’t see the actual product through the crowds of locals who also came to investigate the new bakery in town. As its name suggests, the bakery offers a range of cookies, along with ice cream and a few brownies to sweeten the mix. I believe you can have a custom batch of cookies (with your own selection of mix-ins) made while you wait, but that didn’t seem to be a realistic option on this busy day.
Once we reached the front counter the selection was limited, and the cookies looked surprisingly small and thin. The staff looked tired, and seemed to be struggling to meet the demand. Andrew and I decided to share the cookie plate (3 cookies and milk), and selected a snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie. The few seats lining the walls of the shop were full and constantly knocked by the line of customers waiting to order, so we decided to enjoy our cookies on the steps of an apartment building across the street.
Of the cookies we ordered I liked the peanut butter one the best, but found the snickerdoodle and chocolate chip cookies to be fairly standard. The cookies are similar to what the average home baker can make, and I was expecting something more substantial from a specialty cookie shop. The store is still new and settling into a routine, and I am hoping the size and quality of their offering will improve over time.
What we bought: 1 Coke, 1 Milk and 3 cookies – 1 Snickerdoodle, 1 Peanut Butter and 1 Chocolate Chip ($5.10)
Cost: 1 cookie for $1.00, 3 cookies for $2.50, 3 cookies with milk, tea or coffee (cookie plate) $3.75
Wait: The small space was crowded with locals curious about the new bakery, but the line moved quickly and I was out with my milk and cookies in less than 10 minutes.
Atmosphere: The small space is painted a bright coral color with a few scattered mirrors hanging above an old fireplace. The open kitchen is divided from the seating area by a small counter, allowing the smell of freshly baked cookies to drift over the entire store. Seating is limited and during peak times the store becomes very crowded, making it difficult to order and enjoy your selection.
Uniqueness: In an age of artisan chocolates and fancy pastries, it’s a nice change to find a simple shop focusing on the classics.
Clientele: Families and young couples strolling through the West Village.
Location: This neighborhood bakery is hidden away on a residential street in the West Village, not far from 1/9 Christopher Street Subway stop.
Staff: Quiet, but efficient. The busy opening week seems to have taken the energy out of the staff.
Final Verdict: The concept has potential, but the cookies need to step up in size and quality to compete with the excellent bakeries already spread throughout the city.
Milk & Cookies
19 Commerce Street ( at Seventh Avenue)