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Where to go for TRANSCENDENT chocolate?

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budgetrick Dec 2, 2007 05:02 PM

I'll be in Manhattan for a few days later this week and would like to bring home a gift of superior, sublime chocolate for my transcendent wife. Just chocolate - you open it up, unwrap it, whatever, and eat it. Not for cooking, not to be mixed with liquid and topped with marshmallows. Just chocolate. Not draped over fruit or filled with creams. Just chocolate.

Made in NYC would be cool, but if you have suggestions for pre-packaged stuff (and locations, of course), I'd be most greatful.

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    kathryn RE: budgetrick Dec 2, 2007 05:21 PM

    Just plain chocolate (like bars)? Would Jacques Torres do?

    Otherwise, I'd send you off to Kee's...

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      hugglyj RE: budgetrick Dec 2, 2007 05:21 PM

      for great new york chocolates, try out kee's chocolates. they're handmade each day and the flavors are unbelievable. plus they're packaged beautifully, i think they're a great gift for your transcendent wife.

      http://www.keeschocolates.com/press.html

      other people may suggest la maison du chocolat, marie belle, or jacques torres, or even valrohna, but those are a bit "corporate" compared to kee, albeit, quite delicious, if you make it to the kee store, i'm sure you'll see that it's a true new york find.

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        MMRuth RE: hugglyj Dec 3, 2007 03:39 AM

        I third Kee's ....

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          Striver RE: MMRuth Dec 3, 2007 04:45 AM

          Kee's is excellent for exotic filled chocolates - but the OP specifically asked for just plain great chocolate - no fillings or flavors. For that request, I'd recommend La Maison du Chocolat.

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            MMRuth RE: Striver Dec 3, 2007 10:22 AM

            You're right - I missed that!

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          Mandymac RE: hugglyj Dec 3, 2007 07:27 AM

          Totally Kee's, for a special gift for a chocolate lover, there is nothing better, I think. If you want "just chocolate" get a chocolate ganache truffle there. Seriously, this is a very special product and therefore a really special gift.

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          fauchon RE: budgetrick Dec 3, 2007 04:58 AM

          Pierre Marcolini on Park Avenue & 59th is outstandingly excellent and (not yet at least) over hyped...

          http://www.marcolinichocolatier.com/P...

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            Lucia RE: fauchon Dec 3, 2007 08:54 AM

            Second this.

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              scrittrice RE: fauchon Dec 3, 2007 04:30 PM

              I always walk by this place and it looks beautiful. Any specific recommendations?

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              big o RE: budgetrick Dec 3, 2007 06:50 AM

              For just plain chocolate, I would pay a visit to the Michel Cluizel shop over in ABC Carpet and pick up a few of the single-origin bars (Hacienda Los Ancones being my favorite).

              If you have an overbearing need to buy chocolate that was actually ground up and conched in NY, then Torres is the way to go.

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                TBird RE: big o Dec 3, 2007 07:34 AM

                marie belle, michel cluizel & jacques torres ..

              2. guttergourmet RE: budgetrick Dec 3, 2007 04:47 PM

                Richart is good for a present. But my personal faves are Teuscher champagne truffles.

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