Exquisite, spectacular hand-dipped chocolates, and confections flown in weekly from Paris. Their speciality is ganache, but the other confections are excellent as well. Hot chocolate and pastries are available in their tiny cafe located in the back of the shop.
Chocolates are $59.00/lb, pate de fruit is $57.00/lb, 100g chocolate tablets are $7.00 - $10.00.
A fourth-generation chocolatier, and pastry chef from Annecy, France, Eric Girerd crafts chocolates in a variety of exotic Asia-inspired flavors such as curry, wasabi, and ginger. Traditional flavors (earl grey, champagne, raspberry, caramel, etc.) are available as well.
· 59 W 22nd St (btwn. 5th and 6th ave.)
A neighborhood favorite located in the heart of the West Village since 1923. Li-Lac makes delicious truffles, old-fashioned chocolate, fudge, and covered chocolate treats. They also have a shop at Grand Central Market. Chocolates are ~$20-30/lb, ~$1.10-$1.55 a piece. look for the bags of "broken chocolate" for $1.50 containing a random half-dozen pieces of slightly imperfect chocolate--bargain.
note: they moved from 120 Christopher St. to their new location at 40 Eight Ave. updated 2005-01-19
· 40 Eighth Avenue (corner of Jane St.)
· Grand Central Terminal Market Hall, 43th St and Lexington. phone: 1.212.370.4866
· (see Lindt & Sprüngli location on Staten Island)
Lunettes et Chocolat
This shop is closed.
This tiny antique-like shop sells cute designer sunglasses, custom Jacque Torres chocolates ($1.50 a piece), and four kinds of hot chocolate (made with Callebraut, dry milk, and water). They also have chocolate bars by El Rey, Dolfin, and Cuba Venchi.
25 Prince Street (btwn Elizabeth & Mott St.) phone: 1.212.925.8800, fax: 1.212.925.5220, toll-free: 1.866.925.8800
Three floors of M&M gifts, clothing, toys, and M&M candy. Located across the street from Hershey's Times Square. opened jan 2007. They don't sell mars bars, or other mars candy.
1600 Broadway (at 48th St)
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Located downstairs in The Cellar shopping arcade is Macy's chocolate shop featuring handmade chocolates by Joseph Schmidt, Neuhaus, Godiva, and Yamate. Saxon Chocolates, La Nouba, Lazzaroni, Lindt, Ghiradelli, and Perugina gifts, and chocolate bars are also available.
This trendy, antique-styled shop in SoHo features hand-made designer candy boxes, artwork, chocolate bars with a handpainted Vargas-style pin-up girl on the wrapper, and custom made Jacque Torres chocolates. At the cocoa bar located in the back of the shop one can sit and enjoy six kinds of hot chocolate, tea, and pastries. Cuba Venchi, Amedei, and other specialty chocolate brands may also available for purchase.
· 484 Broome Street (btwn. Wooster & West Broadway)
phone: 1.212.925.6999, fax: 1.212.925.8554, toll-free: 1.866.925.8800
· 762 Madison Ave, 2nd Fl. (btwn. 65th and 66th St.) opened November 2007.
phone: 126.96.36.19985, fax: 188.8.131.5284
Delicious fresh cream chocolates, truffles, and novelties handmade right in front of customers. Sold at Bloomingdales in Manhattan on the 6th floor, and recently (October 2003) at their new shop Martine's Chocolates Too on the Upper East Side. Chocolates $1.58-1.98 a piece.
· Martine's at Bloomingdales, 1000 Third Avenue (btwn. 59th & 60th Sts), 6th floor.
phone: 1.212.705.2347, fax: 1.212.744.3604
· Martine's Chocolates Too, 400 East 82nd Street (just east of First ave)
This tiny shop located near Columbia University makes very good old-fashioned dark chocolates, truffles, and confections. They also have a large collection of candy tins, and gift boxes available. A neighborhood favorite since 1943. Chocolates $19/lb.
Mondrian Pastry is home to Michel Willaume's extremely beautiful, and carefully made pastries, and ice cream desserts. The shop also serves sandwiches, and has a selection of handmade chocolates available for $1.00 a piece. They also have a shop in Great Neck, LI. (see long island page).
1026 Third Avenue (btwn. 60th & 61st St.) phone: 1.212.759.8730, fax: 1.212.759.8122
On select days every spring until fall, Mr. Tsang can be found at his small stainless steel cart on Grand Street making Dragon's Beard candy. Starting off with a small disc of sugar which he pulls and folds over dozens of times until thin silky threads emerge which are then used to wrap a filling of chopped peanuts, and coconut.
Usually found on Grand Street.
Myzel is a neighborhood favorite, and a good place to detour after a dance, or theater performance at the City Center located across the street. Myzel features old-fashioned hand dipped chocolates, and truffles, and gift baskets. Chocolates are $16/lb, truffles $26/lb.
140 West 55th Street (btwn. 6th & 7th Ave, across the street from City Center)
Among the dizzing array of cake making assessories, is a small selection of bulk Callebaut and Valhrona chocolate. Retail prices seem high compared to other shops that sold bulk couverture chocolate (Economy Candy, Fairway, Buon Italia, Whole Foods Market).
Meaning "daily bread" in French, this Belgium-based chain bakery bakes one of the best in the city. Their store feature rustic communal dining tables where one can enjoy a light lunch, salads, and excellent hot chocolate. Their chocolate selection is limited, but recently seen (in 2006) were Dolfin, the Le Pain Quotidien house brand made without soy lechithin, and 200g boxes of Charlemagne chocolates.
Artisanal candies, and handmade lollipops, in a wide variety of flavors, colors, and oftentimes wierd shapes (rings, dentures, etc.). Candies are handmade daily. Store opened Oct 20, 2007.
380 Broome St (btwn. Mott and Mulberry.)
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Located in the Meatpacking district, this tiny restaurant and wine bar serves Joel Durand chocolates from Provence for dessert at $9.00 for a plate of 4. A gift box of 16 truffles is also available for $32.00. Telephone orders available, see website. chocolates are available during winter months.
Truffles, confections (guimauve "marshmellow", pate de fruit), and teas by Jehangir Mehta, pastry chef at Aix. Order online, or by phone. Chocolates $15/a dozen, or $29/two dozen. Candy making classes are occasionally offered at Aix.
· Partistry, (no retail shop, business address) 7 East 35th Street, Suite 6E
toll-free: 1.800.939.2990, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Aix, 2398 Broadway (corner of 88th Street)
Exquisite French pastries are the feature here at Payard. Their lemon tart is truly sharp, and lemony without involving too much sugar. At the confectionary case, they have petit fours, pate de fruit, handmade chocolates, and chocolate bars. The chocolates, at $50/lb, are also sold at Dean and Deluca. Payard also has a location in Manhasset, LI. (see long island page). updated 2004-12
This Parisian foie gras, and caviar king makes elegant tarts made with creme fraiche/apple sauce, and poached fruit on top. They also have handmade chocolates at $48/lb, and tiny chocolate covered coffee beans resembling caviar at $40/lb.