So here you have it, the first ever “versus” battle in the food category. Insomnia Cookies and Levain Bakery present their interpretation of the classic staples Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Insomnia vs levain

The Challengers

Insomnia Cookies

  • Address: 1028 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025
  • Website:
  • Pricepoint: 9$ for 6 or 1.60$ for one chocolate chunk cookie

Levain Bakery

  • Address: 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY, 10026
  • Website:
  • Pricepoint: 4$ each cookie


Let the games begin.

Chocolate Chip

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On the left, Insomnia chocolate chunk cookie. On the right, chocolate chip walnut cookie. (Unfortunately, Levain Bakery did not have walnut-less chocolate chip cookies –.–;;).

Oatmeal Raisin

On the left the regular sized oatmeal raisin cookie by Insomnia vs the behemoth oatmeal raisin cookie on the right by Levain Bakery.

Presentation: Cookies appearance wise, Levain’s cookie had the altitude, about 3 times taller than Insomnia cookie. Both, had a crispy brown exterior. And breaking the cookies apart showed the warm, gooey goodness of both cookies.  In the chocolate chip cookies, Insomnia has bigger chocolate chunks, while Levain has smaller chocolate portions but a lot of them. The Levain cookie to the right actually resembles a muffin top.

Both cookies were served warm, however, the Levain cookie was a tad more “wet.” As per my significant other, the Levain cookie, in particular the oatmeal raisin was a “mushy cake with raisins”side by side halvingoatmeal side by side

Taste: While eating the Insomnia cookie it felt that at some points it was melted chocolate with some cookie…not necessarily a bad thing. It’s probably what made that cookie the sweeter of the two. Be forewarned that the melt in your hand chocolate chunk cookie from Insomnia, is a bit messy. It pretty much caves in on itself if you so much as look at it the wrong way. So arm yourself with some tissue,  get ready to lick your fingers and try not to wear white.

While both cookies had a crispy outer and gooey inner, Levain has more of the crunchy outer and even softer inner. Unless it’s your thing, Levain’s cookies seemed a bit under-cooked in the middle and is more “cake-like” than cookie. In addition, personally, I am not a big fan of nuts in my cookies, so having walnuts in it…ehh… mushy oatmeal

As for the oatmeal cookies…no comment on the Levain cookie, I don’t know what was going on there, or where the flavor went. The Levain cookie pictured here was just really squishy in the middle and smelled of dough. I was quite disappointed. The oatmeal raisin from Insomnia had a chewier texture and more “cinnamon-y” flavor.

Price Point: For 9$ you can get a variety of cookies (6 total) from Insomnia Cookies. There are also other package deals with different prices. While for 8$ you can get 2 gigantic cookies from Levain Bakery. I didn’t see any cookie deals for Levain Bakery, however, if you are a person who likes what you like, then go for Levain. Whereas, if you want a combination of cookies, then Insomnia is your best bet. Prices are similar for the amount of cookie you get.

Winner: Insomnia Cookies


Well this was a fun and taste-y unbirthday adventure and I will be doing more in the future. If there are any comparisons you’d like me to do or have any questions, leave a comment. In the meantime, stay curious!