Did you know this Thursday is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? It might get a little confusing, as National Chocolate Chip (sans cookie) Day is May 15 and National Cookie Day is December 4, but rest assured there’s also a day specifically for these classic treats.
With that sorted, let’s get to the important (aka free) stuff. Firstly, if you happen to be hanging around the congested void that is Penn Station (maybe you have a job near there, where you spend your day googling National __ Days) you’ll be able to get not one but two free chocolate chip walnut cookies courtesy of the Hilton DoubleTree hotels, between the hours of 7-10am. Their hotels (located in Midtown East, Chelsea, Times Square, and the Financial District) will also participate in the giveaway. The chain describes their cookie as “iconic,” which I cannot personally attest to, but it’s nice they have so much confidence in themselves.
If you dread trips to midtown, rest assured that woman-owned Greenpoint bakery Ovenly, favorite of Bratmobile drummer Molly Neuman, will be doing a 2-for-1 special at their flagship location at 31 Greenpoint Ave as well as at the UrbanSpace Vanderbilt Market on East 45th and Vanderbilt Ave in Manhattan. East Williamsburg bakery Luckybird, also helmed by a lady, is offering a free chocolate chip cookie (handcrafted with sea salt flakes) with the purchase of a cold brew.
Insomnia Cookies isn’t offering any specials on Thursday, but does have one going on for the next month or so: if you’re feelin’ frisky and want hot greasy cookies delivered between the hours of 10am and noon, you can use the code “EARLIER” to get 25% off your order. If a cookie breakfast is off-putting, this can maybe be useful the next time you trudge home from afters so late that the sun is fully out and you feel like a shell instead of a human.
That’s not all being cooked up around town. On Monday, classic bialy-lovin’ bakery Kossar’s in LES unveiled the first of the speciality sandwiches they’ve concocted for August’s National Sandwich Month, all to benefit local education initiative Edible Schoolyard. The first is a collaboration with experimental ice cream startup Ice And Vice, and it’s a sandwich consisting of Basic B ice cream (Mexican vanilla with black lava sea salt) between two black and white cookies, interestingly coated in everything seasoning. Fittingly, it’s called the “Everything Black,” and will be sold at Kossar’s until August 7. Later sandwich month creations run a bit more savory, with collabs with Ivan Ramen, Fung Tu, and Food Network’s Justin Warner.
If you’re not into cookies (?!), you also have a couple more chances to snag a free snow cone this weekend, courtesy of the Full Moon Festival.