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wendytexas May 26, 2010 01:29 PM

Have read and heard so much about this place that I'd like to try it if possible. I love artisan chocolates...the chocolate we had at Woodhouse in Napa last spring was simply amazing. I want to sample Kee's as well. If we're going to be on the LES on the Saturday of our trip to have brunch at Stanton Social and hit Doughnut Plant, how hard would it be to get to Kee's?

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Kee's Chocolates
80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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    chow_gal May 26, 2010 02:16 PM

    I think a previous poster told you about this thing called Google Maps? Plug in both addresses and it will tell you. You don't have to rely on Chowhound for everything. Also, for subway travel you can try hopstop.

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      wendytexas May 26, 2010 04:57 PM

      No problem...I'll figure out how to get there. So...how are the chocolates?

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        hcbk0702 May 26, 2010 05:11 PM

        Among the best in the country. Definitely worth a visit.

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          tpigeon May 26, 2010 05:12 PM

          macaroons are awesome too.

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            wendytexas May 26, 2010 05:23 PM

            I think Saturday is going to be quite a foodie adventure between Doughnut Plant, Stanton Social, Kee's, and Balthazar for dinner :lol:!

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            Stanton Social
            99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Doughnut Plant
            379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

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              kathryn May 26, 2010 07:32 PM

              I don't think her macarons are that great -- not moist enough, they shatter and crumble after the first bite (innards are too airy), and chocolate filling over powers the other flavors.

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                JungMann May 27, 2010 06:02 AM

                Kathryn, I am in total agreement. The chocolates are terrific (I am partial to the white chocolate and sesame), but the macarons are dry and too chocolatey.

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                  daffyduck May 29, 2010 08:49 AM

                  yeah i agree. id get anything there but the macaroons

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                  uwsister May 29, 2010 02:27 PM

                  Yeah, not a fan of her macarons either. But her chocolates - especially that creme brulee - are fantastic! I like Kee's better than La Maison du Chocolat. Gotta get myself to Bespoke to compare someday.

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                    visciole May 30, 2010 10:05 AM

                    Agreed, definitely get the crème brûlée if they have it.

                    Personally, I'd skip the Doughnut Plant so as to have more room for Kee's chocolates.

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                      wendytexas May 30, 2010 11:52 AM

                      The Doughnut Plant is a must...we meant to go last time (2008), but ran out of time to get down that way. So...promised the husband we'd swing by since we're having brunch at Stanton Social on the LES.

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                      Stanton Social
                      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

                      Doughnut Plant
                      379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

        2. coasts May 26, 2010 07:00 PM

          Kee's is also close to Mariebelle's, another local chocolatier.

          i saw in a separate post that you'd be staying in the UWS. consider stopping at Bouchon Bakery for Thomas Keller's Oreo...maybe the second best cookie in NY.

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          Bouchon Bakery
          10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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            kathryn May 26, 2010 07:33 PM

            I've really had hit or miss experiences with Mariebelle's filled chocolates although they are quite attractive to look at (Kee's are much better), but their hot chocolate is good, and there's a little cafe in back.

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              wendytexas May 26, 2010 08:00 PM

              I plan to get by Bouchon Bakery if I can...I visited the original in Napa last spring and loved it!! I had a couple of macarons, a chocolate bouchon, a TKO, and a nutter-butter type thing. It was SO good!!

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              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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                daffyduck May 29, 2010 08:50 AM

                i thought thomas keller's oreo was bad. but the macaroons at bouchon are definitely my favorite in nyc.

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                bxgirl May 27, 2010 07:03 AM

                Hi, To answer your original question about getting from the LES to Kee's... if it is a nice day, and you are able to walk, it is not a terrible walk. It's probably less than a mile, and it
                is through a fun neighborhood to walk around (SOHO).Basically, you need to walk west from the LES.
                Hope this helps.

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                  daffyduck May 29, 2010 08:53 AM

                  yeah i was going to suggest to walk. if the weather is bad u can cab it. in terms of subway you can take the f train at delancy to west 4th. then take the e train to spring st.

                2. Jess321 May 30, 2010 10:49 AM

                  The earlier in the day that you get there, the better selection she has. I've only found the creme brulee ones when I go earlier in the day (morning-afternoonish). The turtles are great too, and the same price as the chocolates! The Thompson is another favorite (whipped cream inside dark chocolate), and the Thai one is great as well, a little bit spicy.

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