Is This the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in New York?

A lot of us are from New York. That’s the way it’s always been. The migration intensified during covid. But like a lot of us, when I go back, I tend to spend time in the same neighborhoods, rarely branching out. So, to remedy this, I make a point of having my business lunches or meet-ups where the other person lives or works.

Such was the case when I found myself in the Seaport, where I checked out the 53,000-square-foot Tin Building, the brainchild of famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten that opened in September 2022. The place is a total, inviting triumph featuring a half-dozen restaurants, a patisserie, a raw bar, a counter filled with Spanish ham and cheeses, a butcher, a crepe station and a sushi bar.

But, chocoholic that I am, what I discovered after my coffee in the Tin House was even more impressive. I passed by the festive storefront of Funny Face Bakery, and something told me to double back. We could use some indie bakeries on South Beach, where I live, and I didn’t realize how much I was missing one.

But before I could get to the door, I saw a couple frozen in their tracks, eating cookies from a paper bag. “How are they?” I asked.

The immediate answer: “This is the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever had.”

I sailed through the door, and the sweet aroma was overpowering. “Which kind am I smelling?” I asked the person at the counter.

“All of them!” she said.

Seconds later, I found myself on the sidewalk, with my obscenely thick chocolate chip cookie in my hand. Actually, it was half in my hand and half in the bag. It was so fresh and warm and gooey that it was already falling apart, already melting. It was more chip than dough; the chocolate was deeply rich and the texture of the dough was perfect. I reveled in its sublime messiness, chocolate covering my fingers like a child. I racked my brain for comparisons, because I am something of a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur.

But I came up short. I do believe that Funny Face has crafted the best chocolate chip cookie in New York, perhaps the best chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever eaten.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.