Best sweet revenge: Bespoke Chocolates



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As if the seven levels of city-permit hell weren't enough, chocolatier and former Union Square Cafe pastry staffer Rachel Zoe Insler also had to navigate the wilds of don't-ruin-my-neighborhood blogosphere resentment before she even opened the doors of her unassuming bonbon shop. Insler placated the haters with patience and warmth—and won over everyone else with her pretzel-covered sea-salted caramels, cardamom-scented Turkish coffee truffles and the rest of her handmade sweets. Bespoke Chocolates 6 Extra Pl at E 1st St (212-260-7103)

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