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Jun 23, 2010 09:14 PM

Chocolate Obsession Tour recomendations please

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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  1. 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.

    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

    1. 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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      1. re: kathryn

        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. 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
        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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        1. re: daffyduck

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

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

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

          1. 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!

            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