Chocolatiers in NYC: The ten best chocolate shops
Find out which chocolatiers sell the most indulgent bonbons, truffles, ganaches and more with our guide to New York’s best chocolate shops.
Mon Mar 17 2014
Fine & Raw Chocolates, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Jacques Torres Chocolate, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Kee's Chocolate, one of New York's best chocolatiers
L.A. Burdick, one of New York's best chocolatiers
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La Maison du Chocolat, one of New York's best chocolatiers
MarieBelle, one of New York's best chocolatiers
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Mast Brothers Chocolate, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Neuhaus Chocolate, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson, Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
Nunu Chocolates, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Vosges Haut-Chocolat, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Fine & Raw Chocolates, one of New York's best chocolatiers
Whether you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, or just want to treat yourself with an item from one of New York’s best chocolatiers, you’ll find plenty of superior options at these chocolate shops.
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As his company’s name implies, chocolatier Daniel Sklaar champions low-heat cooking methods and raw ingredients to preserve cacao’s purest form and purported antioxidants. Procuring his beans from Venezuela, Peru and Madagascar, the former financial analyst devises both bonbon (cacao coconut $7, two pieces $8, eight pieces of plain or chipotle-bourbon $28) and bars ($7–$8.50), with the latter available in 78 percent intensity or laced with mesquite, sea salt or cacao and coconut. If you’re tasting F&R for the first time, we suggest one of the plainer varieties, so you can relish the simplicity and quality of the minimally processed goods.
- 288 Seigel St, (at Bogart St), 11206
Jacques Torres Chocolate
If a pastry chef calls himself “Mr. Chocolate,” it sets pretty high expectations, but the renowned French-raised toque earns his moniker. Though he’s garnered attention for his chocolate-chip cookies (each $3) and “wicked” spiced hot chocolate (tin $18, small cup $3.25, large cup $4.25), sample his signature truffles (each $1.60) to taste the full range of his craft, from the relatively traditional (praline, caramel, fruit-laced ganaches) to the nouveau (Earl Grey, saffron). Other goodies include chocolate-enrobed graham crackers (bag of four $5.50), milk-chocolate covered pretzels (tube $12) and Cheerios (bag $6), and chocolate-covered espresso beans (tube $12) and more. Stop by the Dumbo or Soho locations to peek through windows into the kitchen. Locations vary; visit mrchocolate.com for details.
Every orb at Kee Ling Tong’s confectionery is tempered and dipped by hand to create a thick, smooth shell that encloses either silky cream filling, fluffy mousse or rich ganache. Crème brûlée, black-and-white sesame and Thai chili tend to be the best-selling bonbon flavors ($2.70), but key lime, blood orange, lavender and blended pepper are also worth the indulgence. Tong’s repertoire recently expanded to bars ($9), which come in both milk (latte, hazelnut) and dark (hibiscus, bergamot, chili-citrus and sea salt) varieties. 80 Thompson St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-334-3284) • 452 Fifth Ave between 39th and 40th Sts (212-525-6099) • 315 W 39th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-967-8088) • keeschocolates.com
est known for its petite chocolate penguins and mice, the family-owned, New Hampshire–based brand debuted in New York three years ago with a shop and café. Assorted pastries (tea cakes and tarts by the slice, $3.50–$4) share space in cases with pâtes de fruits ($1 per piece), marzipan (16 pieces $18), dipped caramels (each $2.25–$2.50) and assorted truffles (half-pound $32, pound $60). Ponder the choices over a cup of dark, white or milk hot chocolate ($4.50–$5.75), or plump for dealer’s choice with the assorted boxes ($15–$66).
- 5 E 20th St, (between Fifth Ave and Broadway)
La Maison du Chocolat
Launched in France in 1977, this international brand offers ganaches ($8–$460) that pop with fruitiness (lemon, raspberry), herbs (fennel, mint) and liqueurs (kirsch, rum). Boulangerie items—decadent éclairs (each $7) and feather-light macarons (each $2.80, boxes $6–$72)—are just as tempting. The Upper East Side parlor also holds regular classes (called parcours initiatique) on select Thursdays (6:30pm) and Saturdays (11am), one covering chocolate-and-tea pairings and the other exploring the nuances of various cacao types and the artisans’ production process. Locations throughout the city; lamaisonduchocolat.com.
Whimsical designs and colorful abstract patterns adorn Maribel Lieberman’s ganache-center squares (each $2.50, boxes $10–$261). Passion fruit is marked by the profile of a couple about to kiss, cilantro pictures two gentlemen saluting a giant red high heel, “wildberry” displays a ’70s-style diamond pattern, and caipirinha is signaled with a golf cart. If you prefer to keep things simple, opt for a box of the cocoa-powder-dusted truffles (small $20, large $32) or the haystack-shaped “cloisters” ($7-$30), which comprise piles of crushed French croquette cookies and dark, milk or white chocolate. Do your best to nab one of the café tables and order spicey hot chocolate ($5-$7) and seasonal fruit crêpes ($11). 484 Broome St between West Broadway and Wooster St (212-925-6999) • mariebelle.com
Rick and Michael Mast’s chocolate bars (each $7-$12)—all hand-wrapped in distinctively patterned paper—highlight single-origin cacao beans, primarily sourced from independent farms in Madagascar, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Operating out of a semi-open kitchen inside their hybrid factory-and-shop, the duo roasts bags of cocao daily to ensure freshness. Savory and earthy enhancements—black truffle, serrano peppers and Stumptown Coffee beans—tease out the base ingredient’s natural flavors. Though you can snag the products in a multitude of gourmet stores around the city, procuring them at this factory-shop, decked out with wood beams, brick and subway tiles, seems fitting for the brothers’ ethos.
- 105 North 3rd St, (between Berry and Wythe Sts)
Choose from more than 100 different chocolates (boxes $25 and up) at the Belgian brand’s Madison Avenue flagship. The Astrid, made since 1937, encases the company’s signature gianduja (like Nutella, but better) in a light sugar glaze, while another classic—the Plaisir—fills a nougatine candy with hazelnut ganache and wraps it in milk chocolate. Locations vary; visit neuhauschocolates.com for details.
As with many other New York culinary start-ups, self-taught chocolatier Justine Pringle first tested her wares at the Brooklyn Flea. Her lush sea-salt caramels (boxes $8–$20) quickly earned a devoted following, and she’s since opened a brick-and-mortar boutique, where she hawks a wide variety of rich bonbons, including boozy absinthe, mescal-chili, moonshine and sake ganaches (boxes $8–$20). Other offbeat edibles include chocolate-dipped potato chips (bag $5) and honeycomb-toffee–esque “hokey pokey” (small $12, large $20). If one of the 14 seats is available, stick around and order a drink; craft beers (cans and pints $5–$7, bottles $6–$24, growlers $21–$27), tea ($2.50), hot chocolate ($12) and wine ($8–$14) are all available.
- 529 Atlantic Ave, (between Third and Fourth Aves)
Perhaps most famous for their Mo’ Bacon bar ($7.50), which speckles planks of dark or milk chocolate with fine-chopped bacon and smoked salt, Katrina Markoff’s shops also carry truffles (each $2.50, 32-piece box $75) tinged with flavors inspired by locales near (Michigan cherry, New Mexico pecan) and far (Indian curry, Chinese star anise, Japanese wasabi, sweet Hungarian paprika). Even vegans can partake in the sweets here, as Vosges now offers coconut or açai truffles made with agave nectar and fruit powder (box $25). 132 Spring St between Greene and Wooster Sts (212-625-2929) • 1100 Madison Ave between 82nd and 83rd Sts (212-717-2929) • vosgeschocolate.com
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Nehaus choclate is really not that good. It's more of a table in the middle of an isle in the mall then a store. You could also buy similar cbocoolate in almost any grocery store.
Been to 5 out of 10 from this list and have to say FINE AND RAW is my favorite.. if you're near Bushwick you simply must stop by that chocolate factory! (be careful as they have no signage and easily overlooked) :) If you do stop by and have $1.. try their Chocolate Shot!
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