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Chocolate store near Morgan Library / Penn Station

I want to buy a gift for a relative I will see on Saturday. Ideally, I can make the purchase after I visit the Morgan (36th & Madison) and head to Penn Station. I'm thinking of a box of chocolates (where you select the pieces, as opposed to prepackaged), though I'm open to other ideas as long as there's a reasonable shelf life, i.e., not something that has to be eaten within two days. I guess I was thinking of ~$25 to $35 in price, though I'm not fixed on that.

Thanks.

Edit: I'd like to get something somewhat *special* as this will be a birthday gift.

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  1. Hmmm. So between 36th and 34th, between 8th and Madison? Really seems like a chocolate truffles/fancy chocolates/etc dead zone to me.

    If you're willing to go a bit out of your way, Kee's Chocolates Midtown West location at 315 West 39th Street is open until 5pm on Saturdays.

    Nunu Chocolates (and Macaron Parlour, and Stuffed Artisan Cannolis) all have stands at the new Broadway Bites (similar to Mad Sq Eats) market. That's kind of closer to Penn Station but obviously the options are not as nice as a Kee's or La Maison du Chocolat.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks, kathryn! Kee's is a great idea. I've only read 'Hounds' rave reviews of her chocolates, and up until just now I never even knew Kee was a she. That could actually be a nice aspect for this particular relative.

      Still open to ideas in case others have recommendations, but Kee's would probably work out fine. Thanks again.

      1. re: uwsgrazer

        Your best bet is Kee's for a high end, sold by the piece candy shop. Kathryn gave you good advice. You can stop by the Broadway Bites concessions for an alternative option, and I'll add around the corner from the Kee's is Bryant Park's holiday marke and I think there's a shop with chocolates just off of Koreatown but you're not going to beat Nunu's or Kee's.

      2. re: kathryn

        +1 Kee's Chocolates are phenomenal.

      3. You can go up to GCT for LiLac, but they are not close to how delicious and special Kee's are IMO.

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        1. re: thegforceny

          GCT would be fine, though in that case we would probably stop off on our way to the Morgan, rather than after. As you indicated, though, Kee's seems like a superior option to LiLac.

        2. A short walk north of the Morgan will be Leonidas. Or do a zig zag tour down to Eataly-that way you can work of some calories from the pieces I know you will have for yourself!

          1. There's also a Neuhaus boutique tucked in the SW corner of GCT, just inside that street-level door.

            1. I think the best place for you would be the new 2beans. It's right on Park Avenue and 40th Street, so a little out of your way but not by much. They carry chocolate from all over including Chocolat Moderne (which is the best IMO) Vosges, Christopher Elbow, etc. You can get a ton of different kinds all in one spot.