We Upper West Siders need to get creative when it comes to getting our food truck fix. I’ve occasionally seen the Treat Truck on Broadway, but mostly the city’s new food vans leave the UWS out in the cold. In fact, if you live north of Columbus circle–other than the reliably delicious Super Taco on 96th between Broadway and West End–you’re pretty much out of luck when it comes to truck cuisine.
Until food truck purveyors discover the Upper West Side, there are neighborhood nooks you can turn to. Take Levain Bakery on West 74th Street. Levain is bigger than a food truck–but not by much. You reach the teeny place down a short flight of stairs. The smell of sugar and butter hits you full on before you even step inside the diminutive bakery. There, you’ll find cookies, scones, cakes and the like.
I gobbled up an oatmeal raisin scone. Buttery and flaky, it was delicious. It didn’t take much to convince myself that with all those whole grains, I was downing a healthy snack.
If you’re spending time on Long Island this summer, Levain also has an outpost on the East End, in Wainscott.Levain Bakery 167 West 74th St. New York, NY 10023 2123 874 6080