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Need to find a really good box of chocolates for valentines day and wanted to do something a bit more special than just Godiva (I don't need to break the bank on one box of chocolates though). Somebody once told me about a place on the UES but I cant remember the name....I think it might have started with "Pierre" though. I'm sending it to someone in LA so it would be nice it it was something that they couldn't get out there.

Thanks for the help in advanced

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  1. Go to LEONIDAS on Madison around 53rd Street. You will not be disappointed.

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    1. re: foodluvngal

      They have Leonidas in LA

      1. re: foodluvngal

        I'll be there on Wednesday, I love the fact that their chocolates are flown in every 3 days from Belgium. and you get to choose what goes in your box. I have been going there for about 6 years and not much of a chocolate lover myself, but I always pick up a1/4 pound of the candied orange rind in dark chocolate.

      2. There is this place called Teuscher that has amazing champagne truffles. A little pricey, but a nice treat.

        1. Pierre Marcolini, I think.

          This might help you a bit:

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454231
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/454533
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/483728

          Kee's is my favorite, and isn't available in LA.

          I like Leonidas (and love their packaging) but think of them more as an everyday treat than something special.

          And I agree that the Teuscher champagne truffles are wonderful.

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          1. re: MMRuth

            Kee's is great but I'm not sure they'd survive the trip to LA.

            I have sent Jacques Torres to California, though, and it was wrapped up in dry ice and arrived beautifully, or so I'm told.

            1. re: kathryn

              If you tell kees to pack the chocolates cold, they most certaily will. I had them fedexed to miami and they were delicious.

          2. Yep, Pierre Marcolini--that would be my rec.

            1. I love Vosges

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              1. re: irishnyc

                Maison du Chocolat has a couple of locations. Jacques Torres are awfully good and that would have a nice New York touch

              2. La Maison du Chocolat has a special "Habanera" box of dark chocolates filled with a white peach ganache that's so juicy and fragrant, it's downright sinful. you can't buy the chox individually--you can only get them by the box.

                Japanese tourists seem to always stock up on it, and it is truly a special flavor that's hard to find anywhere else. However this WILL break the bank, so you may want to save the idea for a super special occasion.