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Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookie store front

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.

The details:

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.

Milk & Cookie interior

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)
(212) 243-1640


Robyn says on April 25th, 2005 at 6:22 pm:

Even if the cookies aren’t amazing, I HAVE TO GO THERE! OH GOD WHY..I mean, I love your blog. :) Today my friend was terribly craving cookies so I’m sure she won’t object to me dragging her to a cookie shop. I’m on a mission to try as many chocolate chip cookies as I can (if they look good, that is; only problem is that they all look good) so if I go I can say it’s for test purposes. *cough*

Jessica says on April 26th, 2005 at 7:54 pm:

Interesting how retro bake shops (Magnolia, Billy’s Bakery) have a niche in fancy NY. I think they do well because NYers are stressed and like to revert back to their childhood. The trick certainly works for me: lately I’ve been drinking lots of chocolate milk and gingerly licking ice cream on cones. It’s so satisfying to enjoy simple things.

However, I don’t think the retro shops have a lot to offer besides atmosphere. I can make better things in my kitchen.

Jason says on May 5th, 2005 at 8:32 pm:

I found Milk & Cookies Extremely Enjoyable and quaint. I am a little disappointed to see such a negative sounding review on this place. To be so knew and to have so many customers I think the bakery is doing a great job. First of all, teh interior description is not all that accurate. I did visit this bakeshop, and the atmosphere is charming…the walls are not coral but are a cranberry red. The staff is knowledgable and friendly, and even during peak times you are able to get design your own cookies. I was able to order them and the staff was quick and accomodating even with lines out the door. The Milk is fresh the cookies are fresh out of the oven and are AMAZING!

aleta says on May 5th, 2005 at 8:36 pm:

I had the Kahlua brownies at Milk & Cookies and some mint chocolate cookies and I will definitely go back for more.

Kelli says on May 5th, 2005 at 9:12 pm:

Hi Jason and Aleta — I’m glad you both had good experiences at Milk & Cookies. I wish the best for the bakery and will have to give it another try. They have a great concept and I would love to have a custom batch of cookies made. As for the color of the wall, I included a picture of the shop in the post, so I hope that gives everyone an accurate sense of the interior.

Sam says on May 8th, 2005 at 9:53 pm:


Were it not for the logo, I would think that you had stumbled into the wrong shop!

In short, you missed the mark…from the wall color and clientele to the quality and variety of the cookies…Even your pictures are unrepresentative and unflattering.

The clientele is as diverse as the West Village…20’s, 30’s, professionals, families, artists…I find that it varies by day and hour.

When you return, you might want to take some pictures of the bench and flowers outside the door.

Cookies and sweet lovers…If you like the smell of cookies baking in the oven…warm cookies…made with only the highest quality chocolate, butter, fruits, and nuts…a tall glass of ice-cold milk…hot coffee, tea,…brownies and ice cream…you’ll agree with the buzz…Milk & Cookies is a welcome and unique addition to the West Village!

Melanie S. says on June 5th, 2005 at 11:08 pm:

My roommate and I love this bakery, especially because it’s clean, the treats are tasty, and mom would be so proud to know that I now drink a whole glass of milk at least every other day! We’ve been regulars since it opened and a lot has changed. The Sunday night girls are always so nice to us and sometimes gives us free coffee with our order if things get hectic. That is great customer service that you can’t find in the Burg or EVillage. It’s the best new thing in the West Village.

Catherine Perry says on June 6th, 2005 at 10:55 am:

I was very disappointed with Milk and Cookies. It is an insult to cookies and baking. Try Claude in The Village.

Dani says on June 26th, 2005 at 2:29 am:

i just went there today, after I saw Wicked. We headed over to the village and got dessert before we headed out to dinner. Definately the right choice!!! The cookies were delicious! I made sugar based with cappachino chips! Yummy!

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