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rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 12:54 PM

I'd love to bring home a box of fabulous chocolate for Thanksgiving. Which is best? Jacque Torres? Voges? Teucher? Thanks.

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    fauchon RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 01:00 PM

    Don't forget Richart, La Maison du Chocolat, Pierre Marcolini — among others! Manhattan is chocolate paradise!

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      pellegrino31 RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 01:57 PM

      Kee's chocolates in SoHo (on Thompson, below Spring). All handmade and in small batches and it's fantastic. One of their varieties is flavored with balsamic vinegar and it's incredible.

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        MMRuth RE: pellegrino31 Nov 20, 2006 02:03 PM

        I love Kee's chocolates too, but always notice when I'm there that she warns people that they are extremely perishable.

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          rgs123 RE: MMRuth Nov 20, 2006 02:06 PM

          Maybe they won't travel well? I'll be flying for about 5 hrs...

          Thanks for your responses...

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            pellegrino31 RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 02:16 PM

            MMRuth makes a good point - I've overheard the same thing too in the store. You can call Kee's and see what they might recommend, or try one of the other options that might travel better like Jacques or Voges.

      2. Striver RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 02:35 PM

        Different places for different desires. I prefer La Maison for classic French chocolates, Kee's for modern, Martine's for lovely Belgian-style shapes, Teuscher's Champagne truffles, and Torres' "wicked" chocolate.

        1. ellenost RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 02:55 PM

          I adore Leonidas (true Belgian chocolates). They have a few shops in the city, but I go to the Madison & E. 51 St. location.

          1. Monica RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 03:45 PM

            I like dark chocolate from La maison du chocolat and Neuhaus chocolate shop.
            I also love dark chocolate and caramel covered pretzer sticks from Varsano's in Greenich village area.

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              censorone RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 05:11 PM

              we just purchased chocolates from jacque torres for someone who had visited the shop while here and requested we bring more when we travel this week. also stopped by the marie belle store on broome for comparison, the design on the chocolate looks so nice.

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                foodite RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 05:55 PM

                Michel Cluizel

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                  mcrae RE: rgs123 Nov 20, 2006 06:55 PM

                  What about Li-Lac in the West Village?
                  http://www.li-lacchocolates.com/
                  My mother always used to ooh and aah about this place when I was young but I haven't actually been there myself as an adult. I know they're very beautiful pieces of flower shaped chocolate, but are they as delicious as they look?

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                    ManhattanLawyer RE: rgs123 Nov 21, 2006 02:02 PM

                    Debauve & Gallais on 69th St.

                    Also enjoy Michel Cluizel and La Maison du Chocolat.

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