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A mini chocolate tour

jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 09:28 AM

I really wanted to do a little chocolate shop tour this visit to New York...I looked at the "chocolate tours", and they seemed ridiculously priced...$70/person, and besides they did not even visit Jacque Torres chocolate shop, which was one of the most anticipated visits to me...So...I devised our own little chocolate tour consisting of 4 places...We will start at Jacques on Hudson, proceed to Kee's, then to Mirabelles, then ending at Vosges Haut Chocolat....Am I missing someplace or does that sound like a good little jaunt? Thanks for any feedback in advance!

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    downtownstefanie RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 09:58 AM

    I'd add max brenner.. They have some really unique excellent items.

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      jsmitty RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 11:10 AM

      is kee's in soho? the tiny shop with artisinal chocalates and many articles about the chef in the window? if it is the same place i'm thinking, it is fabulous.

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        MMRuth RE: jsmitty Feb 20, 2007 11:50 AM

        Yes - it is wonderful - she has recently expanded. I was less than impressed w/ Michel Cluizel's chocolates.

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        jsgjewels RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 11:46 AM

        that is kee's and it is indeed fabulous, the only place where you'll get fresh truffles. Personally I've been underwhelmed by Vosges and would vote for Michel Cluizel at ABC Carpet as a possible addition even though it is based in Paris.

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          JSM RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 11:49 AM

          I thought Max Brenner as well, but I personally was not satisfied with one of their cold drinks. But I'm not fully educated in their menu so maybe you should check out their website and decide if it's worth a stop. www.maxbrenner.com I think.

          1. MMRuth RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 11:51 AM

            You could add Laborotorio di Gelato for their chocolate gelato - definitely worth the trip to Orchard St.

            1. jfood RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 11:57 AM

              Add Jfood to the Max Brenner list. Took five trips to Israel last year and every time we were near MB's in Tel Aviv I made my colleague park and go in for the Hot Italian Chocolate. It is the best I have ever drunk.

              I was excited when they told me they were opening in NYC, and I plan on getting downtown at some point to see if it is a s good.

              1. guttergourmet RE: jinet12 Feb 20, 2007 01:26 PM

                Marcolini, Maison de Chocolat, Teuscher and City bakery for Hot Chocolate

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                  fauchon RE: guttergourmet Feb 20, 2007 01:31 PM

                  I agree with all of these except Teuscher...I was disappointed in their champagne truffles last time I had them, thought they weren't nearly as good as I remembered, thought they seemed kind of pallid.

                  Instead, I would add Richart to this mini tour...

                  Also, Payard makes very good chocolate.

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                    guttergourmet RE: fauchon Feb 20, 2007 01:46 PM

                    Agree with Payard and Richart but Teuscher Champagne truffles rule.

                2. erica RE: jinet12 Mar 7, 2007 11:33 AM

                  I thought I would add my opinion about Max Brenner, which I had the misfortune to visit last night. Of course I had read the bad reports but a friend wanted to go...

                  Suffice to say that the hot dark chocolate was so bland that I left half of it in the silly, unusually shaped cup. The molten chocolate cake was something like $10.95 so we skipped that and had a banana chocolate bread/cake instead for about $5.00. It was decent, but then again, I can probably make as good in my kitchen.

                  Place was nearly empty..other diners seemed to be teenaged tourists who appeared to be happy with the place....

                  They now have a liquor license.

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                    TriciaT RE: jinet12 Mar 20, 2007 11:02 AM


                    Can I have details on the chocolate tour?


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                      jinet12 RE: TriciaT Mar 22, 2007 07:37 PM

                      go to http://www.sweetwalks.com

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