I know, I know, there is a hot chocolate thread
somewhere down at the bottom of "The Best" board, but
I figured if I posted there, I might never get an
Amanda Hesser in the NYT mentioned a couple of weeks
ago that the best hot chocolate in town is now being
served at Avenue on 85th and Columbus. Can anyone
confirm this? What about the restaurant in general?
Does anyone have an opionion? It looks nice from the
outside, but I haven't made my way in yet.
P.S. Hesser had priced the hot chocolate at $3.75, but
of course, by the time I made my way by and had a look
at the menu posted outside, the price had inched its
way up to $4.25....
avenue's chocolate is indeed seductive, but i weep for
the richness of la maison du chocolat's (madison and
78th) buck-a-slurp which you can partake of in the back
of the store (and sit at a tiny table rather than at
the bar, if you're lucky). they have 2 kinds, one which
is really dark (haven't tried that one yet, but when
the scale numbers go down it's a must) and a guyaquil,
all satiny chocolate essence, which they will happily
serve with your own pot of whipped cream without
batting an eyelash. oh those french!
re: Marcia Gordon-Powers
To be honest, I've had Starbucks' cocoa, and it's fine
-- but it's like most cocoa/hot chocolate in town,
powder mixed with hot milk. A small step above the
Quik I used to drink on saturday mornings.
The Avenue version is apparently real chocolate melted
into the milk with vanilla and lots of good stuff,
hence the somewhat-inflated price. And it seems to me
that it might be worth the trip...
re: Jake Klisivitch
I've read about Avenue's hot chocolate, and plan to
try it soon. (Especially because I'm getting so tired
of the intense table-scrabbling scene at nearby
Columbus Bakery. What a demented system!)
I also long to try Maison du Chocolat on Mad. My
husband & I went in recently (on a perfect, freezing
hot chocolate type of day, I might add)and retreated
with sticker-shock and a mere $3.50 macaroon (divine
though...)As soon as I somehow rationalize the concept
of $7.00 hot chocolate, we'll go back. Actually,
$14.00 hot chocolate. We'd have to try both - he's
more of a bittersweet lover and I prefer semisweet and
a side-by-side tasting would be irresistible. In for
a dime, in for $14 bucks, I always say..
Anyway, City Bakery's HC is delicious - in an almost
unbearably unctuous way, and I LOVE the homemade
marshmellow melting in it. Yum!
Just saw an Ed Levine TV feature about hot chocolate
in NYC and he focussed on Avenue's. I must say,
seeing the preparation of the drink was a little like
watching soft-core porn. High quality chocolate,
cocoa, milk, and more than a little vanilla. Add to
that some shards from the chocolate.