15 E 18th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and Broadway|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 10am–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average chocolate bar: $16. AmEx, MC, V|
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From the rolling hills of Pontedera, Tuscany, Cecilia Tessieri amassed a culinary following for her high-end Italian chocolate, with world-class restaurants like Le Bernardin and the French Laundry spotlighting it in their ganaches, soufflés and parfaits. Tessieri—the world's first female maître chocolatier, a distinction earned after studying cacao beans and chocolate making for eight years—displays her bean-to-bar creations at this black-walled boutique, offering a variety of hot chocolates, pralines and single-origin varieties. Cases are also stocked with chocolate-dipped orange biscuits, Tuscan dark-chocolate brownies and brioche spread with Crema Toscana, an upmarket Nutella.