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jackieparis May 8, 2007 04:33 AM

I'm looking for to buy some good chocolate as gifts by NYU or the area.

  1. JungMann May 8, 2008 07:19 AM

    Vosges haute Chocolat in SoHo is the best you can find in the area. Very innovative flavors like bacon milk chocolate, curry truffles, lavender scented salt, olive oil-kalamata white chocolate. When I lived in Chicago, their original store was where I got all my mother's day gifts.

    Varsano's on West 4th is good for someone with simple tastes. Nothing crazy, just good, old-fashioned chocolates. And unlike the previous poster, the owner stayed open late for me and offered me plenty of free samples.

    Although I know I'm in the minority, I don't really like Jacques Torres. I live around the corner from one, but still go elsewhere for my chocolate needs.

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      racer x May 7, 2008 08:14 PM

      Has anyone tried any of the chocolates at the Union Square Whole Foods?

      1. sing me a bar May 9, 2007 06:41 PM

        Avoid the place on W. 4th st just west of Las Ramblas, across the street from Mary's Dairy. Very mercenary vibe and no samples are offered.

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          Produce Addict May 9, 2007 08:10 AM

          I agree with the suggestions so far, especially Kees and Jacques Torres. One more option is Varsano's Chocolate, 179 W 4th St, just west of 6th Ave, they dip lots of things in chocolate. I really like their s'more, with house-made marshmallows.

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            jackieparis May 9, 2007 08:21 AM

            Thanks for all these suggestions. I'm looking for a place to get a bunch of gifts.

          2. jinet12 May 9, 2007 07:45 AM

            Vosges...was not impressed
            Marie Belle...best drinkable chocolate of all
            Jacque Torres...everything delicious and a lot of variety...loved that place
            Kee's...Small selection but good

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              sisack May 9, 2007 05:16 AM

              Vosges in SoHo is great. 132 Spring Street
              http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/

              1. k
                kathryn May 8, 2007 09:35 AM

                Thirding Kee's as the go to spot for great truffles; however, they don't keep very well and must be consumed within 24 hours.

                If you want a variety of items, I might also hit up Vosges (if only for their bars -- not impressed with their truffles), MarieBelle (hot chocolate mixes, truffles), Jacques Torres (for, say, chocolate chip cookies or chocolate covered this and that or hot chocolate mixes), Li-Lac (for a more "homey" selection of chocolate pretzels, fruit, etc.), Chocolate Bar (they sell Jacques Torres but also other items like their own chocolate bars, chocolate marshmallows, etc.) or Michel Cluizel inside of ABC Carpet and Home up by Union Square.

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                1. re: kathryn
                  fsd1116 May 8, 2007 07:51 PM

                  Jacques Torres. Best. Chocolate. Period. Ok, ok., so that may be a bit of a hyperbole, but I'd put JT's chocolate up against anyone's. The extra-dark is fabulous.

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                    kathryn May 9, 2007 09:07 AM

                    Are you talking truffles, chocolate bars, hot chocolate, or other chocolate items?

                    I used to love JT's truffles until I went to Kee's. The bars, especially the creme brulee, are still very very good.

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                      jackieparis May 9, 2007 01:00 PM

                      Went to Vosages to get some chocolate truffles. Had some excellent free samples too. I have been going to Jacques Torres for the past two years and wanted to try something different. I will definitely check out Kee's soon. Thank you for all the recommendations.

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                  Lucia May 8, 2007 08:16 AM

                  I second Kee's. Chocolate Bar and Jacques Torres are walkable from NYU.

                  1. MMRuth May 8, 2007 04:34 AM

                    Not too far down Thompson is Kee's, in Soho - wonderful homemade chocolates.

                    http://www.keeschocolates.com/

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