These cookies aren’t just for New Yorkers


The black-and-white cookie is unique because it comes with a question: Do you start by eating the vanilla or the chocolate side?

Jerry Seinfeld once offered an answer during an episode of his sitcom: “The thing about eating the black-and-white cookie … is you want to get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet somehow racial harmony eludes us.”

President Barack Obama continued the metaphor on the campaign trail in 2008 during a stop at a Florida deli when he dubbed the black-and-white “a unity cookie.”

The popular, often giant-sized treats distinguish themselves in other ways, too. They have a spongier, more cake-like consistency than traditional cookies, and they can be topped by either fondant icing or typical frosting.

Although black-and-whites are usually associated with New York — no one seems to know exactly where they got their start — they are regulars at Jewish bakeries and delis throughout the TRIBE area, each offering its own take. Here are a few that tickled our taste buds.

Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant


Locations: Northridge, Westlake Village
Cost: $2.50
Diameter: 6 inches
Thickness: 1 3/8 inches
Note: Fudgy chocolate icing

Bea’s Bakery

Locations: Tarzana
Cost: $2.20
Diameter: 5 inches
Thickness: 1 inch
Note: Thick frosting

Viktor Benes


Locations: Calabasas, Encino, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Westlake Village and more
Cost: $2.15
Diameter: 4 1/2 inches
Thickness: 7/8 inch
Note: Sugary sweet

Delicious Bakery


Locations: Northridge
Cost: $2.25
Diameter: 5 3/4 inches
Thickness: 1 3/8 inches
Note: Perfectly moist

Continental Kosher Bakery


Locations: Valley Village
Cost: $2.25
Diameter: 5 1/2 inches
Thickness: 1 3/8 inches
Note: Lemon-tinged