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Jul 3, 2012 08:19 PM

Chocolate Tour

I have been to NYC a number of times. I have a one night layover August 3rd. I will arrive around 2PM on Friday afternoon and depart 11AM Saturday morning. I am looking for suggestions for a self guided chocolate tour that can be done on Friday afternoon. Thanks!

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  1. Fun! Do you want chocolates alone, or do chocolate gelato, macarons, etc count?

    For artisinal chocolate truffles, Kee's is exceptional.

    I am a huge fan of Amy's bread's sour dough bread twists with chocolate chips (best when toasted).

    Wicked hot chocolate from Jacques Torres

    1. Tribeca/Soho is probably your best bet:
      Jacques Torres - filled chocolates, chocolate covered fruit, chocolate covered potato chips, maltballs, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, hot chocolate
      Kee's - filled chocolates of unusual flavors
      Mariebelle - filled chocolates, hot chocolate
      Vosges - filled chocolates, bars of chocolate, hot chocolate
      Grom - gelato, hot chocolate
      Dominique Ansel or Mille-Feuille or Payard or Ceci-Cela - chocolate croissant
      Xocolatti - new spot, I haven't been yet
      Birdbath Bakery - chocolate chocolate cookie
      Dean & Deluca in Soho - pick up a Two Little Red Hens chocolate cupcake and/or chocolate Blackout doughnut from Doughnut Plant
      La Churreria (Nolita) - fresh churros and hot chocolate, Spanish style (no cinnamon, very little sugar) or you can get chocolate stuffed churros
      Blue Ribbon Bakery (West Village) - chocolate bruno dessert

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      1. re: kathryn

        Is Kee's Chocolates Midtown sufficient or do I need to visit the SoHo location?

        1. re: lcbailey81

          I'd do the Soho one. I vaguely recall freshness complaints re: the Midtown one? Also downtown you can actually see some of the chocolate making.

          1. re: kathryn

            When you're in the West Village, don't forget to go to LiLac . everything there is handmade and perfect. Plus they've been around for a long time and they have ' provenance' !

          2. re: lcbailey81

            The selection can sometimes be limited at the midtown location since it's just a small stand. It's also not open all the time.

          1. re: lcbailey81

            They have a really good chocolate chocolate cookie but it's more like a brownie. If your only interest is chocolate, there's not that much on offer.

            1. re: kathryn

              Initially I was thinking just chocolate but I'll take anything with sugar!

              1. re: lcbailey81

                Go for the Crack Pie at Milk Bar; one of my all-time favorites! You'll definitely get your sweet-tooth satisfied.

                1. re: ellenost

                  Is there a specific location I need to visit or are all locations the same? I've heard about the crack pie...what exactly is it?

                  1. re: lcbailey81

                    All of the locations will have Crack Pie. Crack Pie is like pecan pie without the pecans--almost like a sugar pie.

          2. Chocolate pudding at Bar Americain
            Chocolate chip cookies at Levain
            Chocolate souffle at Benoit

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            1. re: Tommy D.

              +1 chocolate chip cookies at Levain!