By Gus Saltonstall
An Upper West Side bakery was just named the most popular in the United States, but you might not guess the methodology.
The Strawberry Shortcake company recently published a survey of the most popular bakeries in the country based on the number of views they have generated on the video streaming app TikTok.
In an overwhelming first place was Levain Bakery, which has wracked up a staggering 44.3 million views under its hashtag on TikTok. The view count is 26 million more than the second place bakery, Porto’s Bakery in Southern California.
Levain Bakery first opened at 167 West 74th Street in 1995, and has gone on to open five more storefronts in the city, including a second Upper West Side location on Amsterdam Avenue between West 76th and 77th streets.
Here’s what Stawberry Shortcake, the company behind the iconic cartoon character used in greeting cards, wrote about Levain.
“First opening in 1995, Levain Bakery is crowned the most popular American bakery on TikTok, boasting a total of 44.3 million hashtag views,” Stawberry Shortcake wrote. “The New York bakery has multiple locations, but finds its origins in the Upper West Side. Levain owes its fame to its signature product, the enormous chocolate chip walnut cookie. Weighing a hefty six ounces, you just might need both hands to get to the end of this baked good.”
Levain Bakery’s location on West 74th Street serves up two-chip chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip walnut cookies, oatmeal raising cookies, caramel coconut chocolate chip cookies, banana chocolate chip slices, blueberry muffins, savory breads, and more.
Win Son Bakery near Williamsburg was the only other bakery in the five boroughs to make the top 10.
Here are the top 10 bakeries in the United States, according to viewership on TikTok.
1. Levain Bakery in New York City
2. Porto’s Bakery in Southern California
3. Boudin Bakery in San Francisco
4. Fillings & Emulsions in Salt Lake City
5. IZOLA in San Diego
6. Liliha Bakery in Honolulu
6. Long’s Bakery in Indianapolis
7. Tartine Bakery in San Francisco
8. Freed’s Bakery in Las Vegas
9. Win Son Bakery in Brooklyn
10. Arsicault Bakery in San Francisco
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