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See's Chocolate in NYC?

ziggystardust Sep 22, 2011 06:36 PM

I know it's a western thing but are there any places selling See's Chocolate in NYC? I'm visiting your city next month and if they're available I want to buy some. I love them and they aren't available in Canada.

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    Riverman500 Sep 22, 2011 06:42 PM

    According to the website, there are no outlets in NYC. You can order online though.

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      uwsister Sep 22, 2011 07:38 PM

      Unfortunately they are not available in NYC - I bring some back for a friend here every time I travel to L.A.

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        hungrycomposer Sep 22, 2011 10:03 PM

        I miss See's so much. I've even bought it from the airport in LA or SF, even thought they charge so much more there... And there's no little white cottage.

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        1. re: hungrycomposer
          uwsister Sep 23, 2011 12:02 AM

          The rare times I fly out of LAX, I'll make a point to stop by See's flagship on the way - more varieties, samples, etc.

          Sorry OP - but there's always mail order!

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          UES Mayor Sep 23, 2011 04:18 AM

          The one and only time I ever saw in NYC was at Williams Sonoma during the holidays and only lollipops were available. Just order online.

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            mahler5 Sep 23, 2011 06:14 AM

            I covet their peanut brittle.

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              uwsister Sep 23, 2011 11:31 PM

              Me too! Best peanut brittle ever. I absolutely adore them - it's so hard to actually bring back any 'cause I'll finish a whole box in the course of the flight.

            2. iluvcookies Sep 23, 2011 06:17 AM

              At one time (last year for sure) Lord and Taylor on 5th ave had a selection of See's. Maybe give them a call?

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              1. re: iluvcookies
                buttertart Sep 26, 2011 11:28 AM

                The L&T website shows not available online but "check store for availability", so there is hope.

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                ziggystardust Sep 23, 2011 12:27 PM

                This is what I thought, I recall from seeing their website that they have no retail outlets in the east. I thought maybe, just maybe they might be available there. Such a pity because to me, See's are the best chocolates in the world, or at least my world. Anyway, there's so much more I'm looking forward to eating in New York. I'll have to book a trip to California next time. Thanks for your input guys.

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                1. re: ziggystardust
                  fm1963 Sep 23, 2011 02:10 PM

                  Try Kee's chocolates. These are one of a kind, and only available in NYC.

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

                  1. re: ziggystardust
                    prima Sep 23, 2011 02:31 PM

                    I like picking up See's when I visit California, but when I visit NYC, I like to splurge & pick up some chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat. While they're available in international cities other than NYC, they're not available in TO.

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

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

                    Kee's Chocolates Midtown
                    452 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                      ziggystardust Sep 23, 2011 07:38 PM

                      Prima, to put things in a TO perspective, I'm not a fan of Soma. To me, See's are like a better Laura Secord. Damn shame they're not available here (Toronto) but at least we're not alone.

                  2. brancron Sep 23, 2011 02:04 PM

                    There aren't any Sees but there are other options. I recommend Dean & Deluca or Jacques Torres Chocolate.

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                      ziggystardust Sep 23, 2011 07:33 PM

                      Thanks for the recs. I'm wondering though if the other places you've mentioned are more "high end" than See's? I'm not a fan of Godiva and one of the reasons I like See's is that they're a little bit more, how can I say this........homey? I'm not sure if that makes sense but if given a choice between See's and Godiva or other posh European chocolates, I'd take See's any day.

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                      1. re: ziggystardust
                        prima Sep 23, 2011 07:40 PM

                        The chocolates at Maison du Chocolat are definitely posh and more European-style compared to See's, but more decadent and delicious than Godiva's to me. Godiva's seem to have a commercial taste to me now.

                        If you find Godiva too "high-end" or posh, you probably won't like La Maison du Chocolat or Kee's. ;-)

                        Are Fanny Farmer chocolates available in NYC? Haven't had any in 20+ years, but I used to think Fanny Farmer chocolates tasted a little like See's. Edit- just googled- looks like Fanny Farmer was bought by Fannie May- and there aren't any freestanding Fannie May's in NYC.

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

                        1. re: ziggystardust
                          kathryn Sep 23, 2011 09:55 PM

                          You might like Kees still. Her packaging is a little homey. And the shop is small. Everything is handmade and very fresh. Much higher quality ingredients than Godiva. She does some bold flavors and I find her chocolates much more assertive than European styled ones.

                          For more homey chocolates, also try Li-Lac. They do less filled chocolates and more things dipped in chocolate, turtles, etc. There's also Chocolate Bar, near Li-Lac, which does chocolate covered marshmallows and stuff like that.

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

                          Li-Lac Chocolates
                          40 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

                          Chocolate Bar
                          19 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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                          hungrycomposer Sep 24, 2011 10:04 AM

                          The thing I love about See's is that somehow they convince us that chocolate is wholesome and good for us! The closest local product would have been Fannie Mae/Fannie Farmer, which also started in the 20's or 30's. If it's not available I'd agree with Kathryn and take a trip to Li-Lac. (there's also a Li-Lac shop in the grand central food market). But you won't have the same white picket fence ambience, or find nice old ladies giving you the sample of the day.

                          Li-Lac Chocolates
                          Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

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                            ratgirlagogo Sep 24, 2011 10:52 AM

                            I adore Li-Lac - it's my favorite in NYC. But as a former Angeleno See's is one of the things I miss the most about California. Although hope springs eternal. When I first moved here in the early 80's Mexican food was impossible to find in NYC - and now? It seems much of Mexico has moved to NYC to join me. So is it too much to ask for maybe just one solitary See's?

                            1. howdini Sep 26, 2011 06:29 PM

                              If the only thing I ever ate for the rest of my life was See's Nut Chews, I would die pretty damn happy. And fat.

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