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NYC’s Beloved Levain Bakery Brings Its Gigantic Cookies to Bethesda

Plus, the Boiling Crab debuts on H Street NE next week

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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Levain Bakery, the NYC institution known for chunky cookies weighing in at six ounces, opens its second D.C.-area location today (Tuesday, July 13) in Bethesda, Maryland. Palm-sized cookies available in five flavors are the main attraction, joining cinnamon butter brioche, raisin or walnut sticky buns, sour cream coffee cake, ciabatta, and whole grain loaves of bread. To drink, there’s tea, coffee, espresso, and cold brew. The Bethesda Row location (4844 Bethesda Avenue) opens from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Born on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in 1995, the bakery made its first foray outside of New York last September with a Georgetown outpost in the former Johnny Rockets space. Its Bethesda location opens with a pair of limited-time ice cream sandwiches. D.C.-based Dolcezza Gelato lends a sweet cream flavor that goes in between chocolate chip walnut cookies. Dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies get stuffed with roasted strawberry gelato. Opening day proceeds go towards nonprofit Bethesda Help. Delivery from Caviar and Doordash starts next week.

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