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Visit New York City's Best Chocolate and Candy Shops

[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 5/8/2009 - Updated 4/16/2013 - www.Littleviews.com ]

Jacques Torres Chocolates - Brooklyn, NY>>  Print this list, then visit New York City's finest chocolate shops! Snack on the best candy in the world. Buy gifts. And take photos to remember your visit because the majority of these stores are beautifully and uniquely decorated:

  • Australian Homemade: This is an international chain of ice cream and chocolate shops, with currently one location in New York City. It is scheduled to open a second in the NY NJ Port Authority by the end of 2009. East Village at 115 St. Mark's Place near Thompkin's Square.

  • Black Hound New York: This shop features fabulous cakes, cookies, pastries, and, of course, chocolates. 170 2nd Avenue near 11th Street.

  • Borne Confections: As of late 2009, this shop now resides where Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier once did on 485 Park Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets. As of 2/10, its website doesn't mention it address, but a related website, Taste Gelato Artigianale, does.

  • Chocolat Moderne - New York: Founder, Joan Coukos, creates beautiful chocolates based on world-class French, Belgian, Swiss, and American traditions in New York City, as well as at The World Pastry Forum in Las Vegas. 27 West 20th Street, Suite 904, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • Chocolate Bar: Combine art and chocolate and you get chocolate bars with collectable wrappers, candy with unique stenciled designs, new chocolate concoctions, drinks, and other interesting products. 19 8th Avenue (between Jane & West 12th Streets) + 712 Fifth Avenue (in Henri Bendel, 3rd floor)

  • Christopher Norman Chocolates: Factory and gallery shop at 60 New Street in Downtown New York, near the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Chocolat - Michel Cluizel: Fresh, French chocolates imported to the US. 584 5th Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets.

  • Debauve & Gallais Chocolate - Paris: 20 East 69th Street.

  • Dylan's Candy Bar: Founded by New Yorker, Dylan Lauren (daughter of Ralph). Excellent, high-quality chocolate, plus floors of "just plain fun to see and taste" candy. Near Bloomingdale's at 1011 Third Avenue.

  • Evelyn's Hand Dipped Chocolates: 29 John Street.

  • Fauchon - Paris: This famous French company is particularly known for candied fruit at 442 Park Avenue.

  • 5th Avenue Chocolatier: 693 3rd Avenue at 43rd Street + 969 3rd Avenue between 57-58 Streets + 1 New York Plaza by Battery Park + 11 Madison Avenue at 24th Street

  • François Chocolate Bar: François Payard, a renowned French chef who once owned a scrumptious bistro, cafe, and patisserie (bakery) on the Upper East Side, now runs this 25 seat shop that serves jewel-like chocolate cakes, pastries, layered deserts, hot chocolate, and candy. It is located on the 4th floor above Mauboussin, a fabulous Parisian jewelry shop. Open 11AM to 6PM, Monday through Saturday, and 1PM to 6PM on Sundays. 714 Madison Avenue at 63rd Street.

  • Godiva Chocolatier: Beautiful stores. Consult their website for locations. That said, because Godiva is commonly available throughout the United States, you might want to try the other shops mentioned in this list first.

  • Jacques Torres Chocolate: Jocques Torres is a friendly French Chef who is thoroughly in love with his work. Make a point of visiting his Hudson Street location, which is a real chocolate factory. All his locations, however, are great. 350 Hudson at King Street (1 block South of Houston) + 285 Amsterdam between 73rd and 74th Streets + D.U.M.B.O. 66 Water Street, Brooklyn (near a must-visit, East River park and playground).

  • Kee's Chocolate: Delicious, unique truffles. Tiny, owner-operated shop. Excellent tastes! Reasonable prices. 80 Thompson Street.

  • Myzel's Chocolate: Handmade, European-style chocolate. Their "bark" can include almonds, hazelnuts, pistacios, and dried cranberries. They also specialize in licorice, featuring 100 flavors directly from Europe. 140 W. 55th Street.

  • L.A. Burdick - Chocolates & Café: Known for truffles and really cute chocolate critters, such as penguins, mice, and snowmen. Check their monthly chocolate inspiration. 5 E. 20th Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway.

  • L'atelier du chocolat - New York: Tiny shop featuring beautiful French chocolates. Their U.S. website is www.egchocolates.com. 59 W. 22nd Street, near 6th Avenue.

  • La Maison du Chocolate: 1018 Madison Avenue + 30 Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets + 63 Wall Street.

  • Leonidas - Fresh Belgian Chocolate: 485 Madison Avenue.

  • Li-Lac Chocolates (since 1923): 40 Eighth Avenue + Grand Central Terminal's Market Hall, 42nd Street and Lexington.

  • Lily O'Brien's Irish Chocolate Cafe: Cozy chocolate house that serves inventive chocolate drinks, chocolate desserts, and, of course, candy. Across the street from Bryant Park and the Main NY Public Library, it's an exciting and tastey place to relax. 36 W. 40th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

  • MarieBelle - New York: Beautiful painted chocolates and a fabulous cacao bar on Broome Street. Sophisticated-yet-fun. 484 Broome Street + 762 Madison Avenue.

  • Martine's Chocolates: Visit their famous chocolate kitchen at Bloomingdale's on the 6th floor. They also have a location at 400 E 82nd Street.

  • Max Brenner - Chocolate by the Bald Man: This is an everything-chocolate kind of place, plus breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. So far, their flag-ship restaurant near Union Square at 841 Broadway, between 13th and 14th Streets is the place to visit. A second location at 141 2nd Avenue at 9th Street is mainly a lunch shop.

  • Nunu Chocolates: Hand-made chocolates based on unusual flavor combinations. 529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (near the Atlantic/Flatbush intersection that is serviced by the huge Atlantic Avenue subway station).

  • Papabubble - Artisan Hard Candy: Hand-pulled hard candy with a modern take on traditional treates. See their pulled knot, ice cream cond, toothbrush, and front teeth! 380 Broom Street, near Mulberry.

  • Petrossian Cafe & Boutique: Chocolates handmade in Paris. 58th Street at 7th Avenue.

  • Richart - Paris: 7 East 55th Street.

  • Roni-Sue Chocolates: Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street, between E. Houston and Delancey Streets.

  • Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland: Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets + Corner of 61st and Madison Avenue.

  • Varsano's Chocolates: 172 W. 4th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues.

  • Vere: 12 W. 27th Street, between 6th Avenue and Broadway.

  • Voges Haut-Chocolat: 132 Spring Street, between Greene & Wooster + 1100 Madison Avenue.

USA - Contemporary Candy:

  • Hershey's Times Square: Fun! 1593 Broadway at 48th Street.

  • M&Ms Times Square: Located across the street from Hershey's Times Square at 48th and Broadway, this is a must-see store. It is totally over-the-top! Fun!

Gourmet Stores:

  • Chelsea Market Baskets: Chelsea Market is a great place to find a wide array of gourmet treats. Chelsa Market Baskets is a terrific gift store in that market. 75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street in the Meat Packing District.

  • Dean & Deluca: This is a famous gourmet grocery store and deli with a beautiful candy department. Visit their website for locations.

  • Whole Foods Market: Gourmet food of all types and their own line of beautiful chocolates. Visit their website for locations.

  • Zabar's: Stop by this shop to browse a huge selection of cooking utincils, plus gourmet foods of all types, including coffee, cheese, and chocolates. 2245 Broadway, between West 80 and 81st Streets.

  • Eli Zabar's Stores: Check Eli Zabar's website for store names and addresses. These delightful shops feature gourmet goodies of all types.

  • Fairway Markets: These stores are known for gourmet and fresh selections, with a lot of attention paid to dried fruits and nuts. Yum. See website for addresses.

Did I miss any great candy or chocolate shop? Please let me know at karen@littleviews.com

Article by Karen Little. First published on 5/8/2009. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.

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