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Dec 21, 2007 07:19 AM

best chocolates in manhattan

I'm looking to buy some chocolates for my family and friends in Boston, and I want to buy from a chocalatier that only has stores in NYC. I love Kee's Chocolates on Thompson St, but Jacques Torres on the UWS is much more convenient for me. Which is better? Or more importantly what's the best chocalatier in Manhattan? I'm looking to buy boxed truffles/filled chocolates.

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  1. I still give the nod to Teuscher's champagne truffles though Kee's are great. For something completely different try Sakagura's green tea and shochu truffles.

    1. As far as I'm concerned the best (and most overlooked) chocolatier in Manhattan is Martine's. I go to the one on the 6th Fl. in Bloomingdales. Everything is absolutely freshly made. It will go bad since there are no preservatives. The dark chocolates are truly fabulous and I always get specific requests from friends: "if you're bringing something". They've got 3 or 4 kinds of truffles in dark chocolate and others in milk (which no one I know wants). I believe there's another shop up in the east 80's somewhere.

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      1. re: Jane A.

        Martine's uptown is a small shop on 82nd street, just east of 1st ave. They make Belgian-style chocolate with clever shapes and luscious fillings - particularly the ones with fresh whipped cream. The dark chocolates are very good, but - and I'm not generally a milk fan - milk chocolate is what they do best, IMO. Definitely worth a try.

          1. re: chocokitty

            We did a chocolate tour last year in putting together a present for a friends 50th and went to all.

            Our conclusions-- third Kee's, but Vosges on Spring has some great "fire red" chocolate as well. Also Michel Cluizel at Abc.

            Not a big fan of Marybello or the Bald Man.

          2. re: CornflakeGirl

            Definitely Kee's has the best chocolates. But Kee's chocolates don't keep/travel well b/c they're so fresh. And actually the shop assistants will tell you that they're best for immediate consumption. I wouldn't keep them for longer than 1 or 2 days, so I don't know how that would work out in terms of taking them to Boston.

            Vosge, Marie Belle and Torres all make pretty and impressive presents, but taste-wise not as good as Kee's.


              1. re: Niki

                I second Li Lac. The scent alone in there is heavenly!

              2. re: misschopsticks

                Seconding this. The creme brulee, for example, has a very limited shelf life. Also, Kee's will probably have a smaller selection of chocolates, with more "out there" flavors than Jacques Torres. She may also be out of certain items by the end of the day. I like both, but give the nod to Kee's for inventiveness and freshness, although with freshness comes the compounding factor of delicateness. However, a big box of Jacques makes for a very impressive gift, especially if the receive loves the square/printed type of chocolate truffle/bon bons and/or has seen him on television. The Kee's packaging is a little less fancy, more rustic in appearance.

                1. re: kathryn

                  > She may also be out of certain items by the end of the day.

                  A word of warning for anyone thinking a year ahead: Don't count on dropping in late on Christmas Eve and picking up a present.

                  Though Kee's is usually closed on Mondays, she opened today for the holiday and planned to stay open till 4. But I phoned the shop around 12:30 and everything was already sold.

                2. re: misschopsticks

                  I learned about preserving fresh chocolates for a couple of days from Martine's. Wrap the box in saran wrap (and perhaps even overwrap that with foil). You can keep these boxes in the fridge for a couple of days this way. The wrapping keeps everything from sweating and looking awful. I've got 5 gift boxes in the fridge now - purchased yesterday, to be delivered tomorrow on Christmas day. Take them out of the fridge when you leave the house. Unwrap when they've come to room temp - usually just outside your destination.

              3. If they are half as good as the ones that I brought back from the store in Brussels a few weeks ago- Pierre Marcolini

                1. I love both Kee's and Jacque Torres, but need to do a bit more research before giving you the definitive answer. As soon as I work my way through several more pounds of each, I will give you a report...

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