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Tate's in Southampton: Best new flavor

The new cookie at Tate's in Southampton in

The new cookie at Tate's in Southampton in August 2014: vanilla. Credit: Newsday / Peter M. Gianotti

Tate's Bake Shop, the Southampton landmark and local capital of the cookie world, always is a delightful stop. But when a sign says "NEW," that means it's even more so.

And what's new are sensational vanilla cookies -- wafer-thin, sweetness restrained, and absolutely addictive. The last new Tate's taste, still terrific, was the double chocolate chip cookie. A dark and grand creation, it even looked decadent. The vanilla looks pristine and polite. But it's just as memorable. A seven-ounce bag is $5.25. Look for it.

For the record, the similarly priced double chocolate chip is an ounce weightier. While you're at it, consider the cranberry-oatmeal and the straightforward chocolate chip cookies, too. I'm also partial to the coconut macaroons, eight to a bag, for $6.25.

Just in case, you should dive into Tate's superior crumb cake, plus the pretzel sticks with salt for a savory aside. Restaurant bread baskets cry out for them.

Tate's Bake Shop, 43 N. Sea Rd., Southampton; 631-283-9830.