Where's my best bet for chocolate? Staying at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on my
first visit to New York Jan 2 to 6th. Would love to find some "knock your sox off" chocolate to bring back with me (no Godiva please). Any great neighborhood chocolate shops or dessert bars that should not be missed?
Key's Chocolates in Soho at 80 Thompson St.
She make fresh chocolates daily in interesting flavors such as Earl Grey, Balsamic, Lemon Basil and Lavender. She's also a very sweet woman who seems to go out of her way to please her customers.
I also like the bars of chocolate at Vosges (also in Soho at 132 Spring St.)
Other items like the truffles or caramel marshmallows have been somewhat disappointing. They just don't come off as good as they look. Too mass-produced maybe. The shop is worth a look though.
Kee's is great but a lot of her stuff doesn't travel well (like the signature creme brulee) so be sure to ask.
As for Vosges, I find that the bars and hot chocolate is good but the truffles aren't. They have high quality ingredients and are high concept but in my opinion, never deliver as well as they promise with their various wasabi and curry leaf and sea salt combinations.
As long as you're down in Soho, you might as well head over to MarieBelle, too. I like their tins of hot chocolate, and all of their stuff is beautifully designed. There's also a nice but small cafe area in the back where you can rest your feed.
Closer to you:
La Maison Du Chocolat (Rockefeller Center)
Richart (7 E 55th St)
And a little bit further is Martine's in Bloomingdale's at 1000 Third Avenue (59th/60th Sts).
Oh, and since you're looking for the opposite of Godiva -- avoid Max Brenner's two shops.
Not much in that neighborhood for chocolate as far as I know - Teuscher has wonderful champagne truffles - E. 60th (I think) off Madison.
I second the Kee's rec - my favorite.
im surprised no one mentioned richart 50th between 5th and mad i think. not only are these some of the most well made choc's their works of art.check out the website