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Chocolate Obsession Tour recomendations please

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WWBillG Jun 23, 2010 09:14 PM

For my daughters 16th bday party she wants to take a few friend on a "desert crawl" around NYC in search of the ultimate chocolate indulgences--cake, ice cream, pastery, cookies,drinks. Suggestions please?

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    Bone Thug n Hominy Jun 23, 2010 10:40 PM

    I'm not much of a dessert person, but here are a few of my favorites (locations are a bit scattered, unfortunately):

    Cookies at Levain are perfect for the chocolate-obsessed. My ultimate cheat meal when I feel like dessert.

    Holey Cream has ice cream sandwiches made from halved donuts.

    Momofuku Milk Bar is pretty good, and I think that HS kids would really dig the menu and atmosphere. Similarly, Baoguette Cafe kind of fits this mold, though I'm not sure if their whole dessert menu is up yet.

    Waffels & Dinges truck for liege wafels, covered in whipped cream and chocolate.

    Ray's Candy Store for egg creams.

    Finally, fair disclosure: I hate cupcakes, so I left that subject for someone who might be better suited to answer.

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    Ray's Candy Store
    113 Ave A, New York, NY 10009

    Momofuku Milk Bar
    251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

    Holey Cream
    796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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      kathryn Jun 23, 2010 10:53 PM

      What day and time of day? A lot of bakeries and chocolate chops close on the early side and not all of them have seating or can accommodate large groups.

      Budget for this day of indulgences?

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        WWBillG Jun 24, 2010 07:39 AM

        Most likely a Saturday afternoon. Just 5 or 6 chocoholics. It's a special BDay so modest indulgence. No $50 hot chocs. And thanks for asking.

      2. daffyduck Jun 24, 2010 05:50 AM

        some stuff from the top of my head
        bakeries: kee's chocolates (any chocolate), levain (chocolate chip walnut cookie on steroids), chickalicious (chocolate pudding\hot fudge sundaes\eclair ice cream sandwiches with warm chocolate hot fudge), donut pub (black and white cookies, though not too chocolatey), andres hungarian cafe (chocolate babka, i think this is awesome if u like croissant like items), jacque torres (chocolate chip ice cream sandwich). never tried this but http://www.alwayshungryny.com/thought...
        my some of favorite desserts from restaurants on chocolate include (you might be able to have these at the bar): profiteroles-balthazar, chocolate souffle-craft, black and white otto, and the chocolate ganache tart at EMP.
        for drinks i actually like grom for hot chocolate. i'm actually not that big on chocolate so the best chocolate milkshake i ever had was at johnny rockets. but i think shopsin's really excels in milkshakes but there is no take out at shopsin's. for egg creams i like gem spa on st marks.

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          kathryn Jun 24, 2010 09:05 AM

          Huh, thanks for the tip on chocolate cake (though the photography of the cake slice leaves something to be desired).

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          Pookipichu Jun 24, 2010 07:46 AM

          For chocolate truffles and chocolates, Kee's Chocolates is non pareil. There is no better chocolate in the city.

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

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            kathryn Jun 24, 2010 09:00 AM

            Start at Kee's before she sells out for the day. Ignore the macarons and cupcakes and anything else but her truffles and filled chocolates. Get some of the more unusual flavors (some are spicy or salty) especially the creme brulee.

            Stop in a Vosges for a spicy hot chocolate. Ignore the bars and filled chocolates, they're not really that good. But I do like this spicy hot chocolate and think it's slightly better than Jacques Torres.

            Go to Bespoke Chocolates for their signature caramel filled chocolate that is rolled in pretzels. It's really good and has that sweet-savory thing going on. I prefer Kee's and Bespoke because they're small batch, artisanal chocolate makers who are on site, and the chocolates are REALLY fresh, unlike Vosges and Jacques Torres. La Maison is good too but a bit more subtle, and I think they fly in the chocolates every other day or something.

            Stop at La Maison du Chocolat for their hot chocolate (very thick, European style, actually flown in from FRANCE!) and the best chocolate ice cream ever (which they make in house).

            Also, the chocolate blackout cake at Two Little Red Hens is worth the detour. Dark, moist, filled with chocolate pudding, covered in fudge frosting, AND chocolate cake crumbs on top of the frosting. Totally decadent and absurd. They also have a cupcake version.

            The chocolate blackout donut at the Doughnut Plant is also quite good in a similar vein. Get the SMALL cake donut. It's round. Skip the large square chocolate yeast raised donut.

            Have a great time!

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            Jacques Torres
            350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

            La Maison du Chocolat
            63 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

            Bespoke Chocolates
            6 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003

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              mahler5 Jun 28, 2010 07:27 PM

              I'd start with chocolate pudding at Home, then walk east to Chickalicious (or their take-out place across the street), and finally to Momofuko Milk Bar.

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                mahler5 Jun 28, 2010 07:35 PM

                I foolishly forgot the various chocolate rice puddings at Rice to Riches (Soho). Next door there's a new place called something like The World's Best Chocolate Cake. It just opened last week and I haven't had an opportunity to assess their sole offering.

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                Rice to Riches
                37 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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                nombre1 Jun 29, 2010 01:40 PM

                Not only does this little shop in the East Village have the best artisanal chocolate in the city on a consistant basis, it also does this with mostly local ingredients where possible. You won't find any preservatives or fillers in those delectable truffles or specialty items. And to make it interesting for your guests, the kitchen is open and the chocolatier will be more than happy to interact with your daughter's entourage and answer any questions.

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                Bespoke Chocolates
                6 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                  gutsofsteel Jun 29, 2010 02:00 PM

                  Don't miss Teuscher and Kee's

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                  Teuscher
                  620 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                  1. Miss Needle Jun 29, 2010 02:25 PM

                    Too bad your daughter's b-day is not around the time of NY's Chocolate show. That would probably have been perfect.

                    If Two Little Red Hens is out of your way, Blue Smoke's chocolate cake is also quite decadent (though I'll give the nod to TLRH). And Culture Espresso has the most moist delicious salted caramel brownie. The brownie isn't too sweet, which is perfect because the caramel part is on the sweet side.

                    Second Kee's and Bespoke and Levain, Chikalicious (esp for their adult chocolate pudding). Your daughter may also be interested in the three chocolate bread at Bouchon Bakery -- I believe it's chocolate croissant dough filled with chocolate cream topped with chocolate. Personally, I just think it's OK but I can see some chocolate lovers really getting into it. Bouchon also has their chocolate TKO cookie (one of my favorites), good chocolate chip and double chocolate cookies as well as their chocolate "bouchon." My favorite of the gelato places is Grom, but also a fan of L'Arte and Screme.

                    Just a warning to those interested in a chocolate crawl -- there's a thing as too much chocolate (as I've sadly learned from attending the Chocolate Show). It may be nice to mix in a few savory options between the chocolate items for balance.

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                    Two Little Red Hens
                    1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

                    Bouchon Bakery
                    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                    Blue Smoke
                    116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

                    Grom
                    233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

                    Culture Espresso Bar
                    72 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018

                    Screme
                    234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

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                    1. re: Miss Needle
                      Miss Needle Jul 6, 2010 12:54 PM

                      In addition to the fleur de sel caramel brownie, Culture also has an awesome flourless chocolate cake. It's very dark chocolate with notes of butterscotch in it. I just love the baker they hired a few months ago. She's really brought up the level of their baked goods.

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                      sasamii Jul 8, 2010 09:18 AM

                      Seconding some of the recommendations below:

                      - Kee's Chocolates for really delicious, fresh chocolates. Like another poster mentioned above, she should be your first stop since she runs out of stock.

                      - La Maison du Chocolat. Their chocolates are very classic, made with high end ingredients. I love the simplicity of their presentation. They also serve very good ice cream and macarons.

                      And I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this yet: Francois Chocolate Bar. There's a small sit-down area with table service, and various cakes and chocolate drinks on the menu. The verrines are small, but really rich and layered in taste. Presentation is beautiful as well. http://www.fcchocolatebar.com/home.htm

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

                      La Maison du Chocolat
                      30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

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                        nwhelan Jul 8, 2010 11:50 AM

                        Chocolate by the bald man!!!
                        Fun place and great chocolate

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                          kathryn Jul 8, 2010 12:08 PM

                          Max Brenner? Theme restaurant, poor quality chocolate, I'd avoid it.

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                          Max Brenner
                          841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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                          fm1963 Jul 8, 2010 12:18 PM

                          Pistachio Chocolate Dome at the Modern Bar Room
                          Brownie at Balthazar Bakery
                          Churros with chocolate sauce at Boqueria
                          Concord Chocolate Cake at Soutine Bakery
                          Chocolate macarons at La Maison du Chocolat

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                          Soutine Bakery
                          104 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

                          La Maison du Chocolat
                          30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

                          Boqueria
                          53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

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                            pammi Jul 27, 2010 04:40 PM

                            Don't forget about LiLac- a traditionalists delight. My husband's favorite-French mint bars, my favorite- sea foam covered in dark chocolate, exquisite non-pareils-I could go on and on. A few dark chocolate covered pretzels,salty and delicious are a wonderful walking-around treat.

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