Who makes good marron glace in NYC?
I have been eating boxes of imported marron glaces and want to know if any bakeries/restaurants that make their own.
It's funny how most Americans don't seem to appreciate desserts made with chestnuts. Yumm..
The best I've had have been at Epicerie Boulud (Bway at 64th), but I like Maison du Chocolat, too. La Durée has them, too, I believe and maybe Petrossian Bakery. I don't know if any that make them here.
I'm less fond of the Italian ones--my impression is that they are boxed and stored longer.
Even in France, I believe that most places get them from just a few makers, with at least one exception--the chocolate shop (chocolatier) Hévin.
My favorite marrons glacés have been in Paris, but I have to say that there are times that I would say that I prefer the Marrons Confit at Jean-Paul Hévin (small chain of great chocolate shops; one near Luxembourg Gardens and another on Rue St. Honoré). I've never found Marrons Confit in the US, but they seem to be available year-round at a couple locations in Paris whereas French Marrons Glaces, the best ones, are truly seasonal.
I found someone who reports on an pretty exhaustive sampling of them in Paris: http://www.bottomlesstummy.com/marron...
In Paris, I can easily find them at Laduree (#1, 2), Marquise de Sevigne (#3), or Pierre Herme (#4). In New York, Armani Dolci (#5), Buon Italia @ Chelsea (#6), Epicerie Boulud (#7), La Maison du Chocolat (#8) sell them, but these are seasonal and mostly sold only in the winter.
Incidentally, does anyone know where I can find this wonderful sweet from Lyon, France called "Coussin de Lyon"? They are orange Curacao and chocolate ganache wrapped with delicate marzipan.