Bring New York City back home with a box of truffles or specialty candy from one of New York City's top chocolate shops. These boutiques offer exceptional chocolate and many can be found only in New York City. Chocolates make great Valentine's Day and anniversary presents, but you can also enjoy something sweet while you're touring NYC.
Jacques Torres has eight locations around New York City (SoHo, Upper West Side, Rockefeller Center, Midtown, NoHo, Dumbo, and two within Grand Central), and in several of them, you can see chocolate being made. You can even visit Jacques Torres chocolate museum, the first in NYC.
Don't get so distracted you forget to taste the delicious chocolates, hot chocolate, and chocolate chip cookies. The shops always have something special for annual holidays.
Creamy, not-too-sweet chocolates with intense fillings are made fresh daily at this small chocolate shop. You can watch the chocolates being made next door to the original Kee's shop, and relish the fact that you can only purchase these chocolates in person at one of the shop's two midtown locations. Kee’s is definitely an international chocolatier. They use ingredients from around the world, including yuzu from Japan, sea salt from France, and saffron from Spain.
Li-Lac has been satisfying chocolate cravings in the West Village since 1923 and boasts the title of the oldest chocolate house in Manhattan. This local New York City shop offers chocolates in memorable shapes (including the Empire State Building), as well as delicious treats like turtles and almond bark. They have a wide selection of NYC-themed gift boxes, in addition to NYC-shaped confections, making this a great spot to grab souvenirs for friends at home. They have 5 locations in the city (West Village, Greenwich Village, Grand Central, Chelsea Market, and a factory/retail location in Brooklyn).
MarieBelle's famous chocolates are so artful it is difficult to bite into them, but they are just as delicious as they are beautiful. MarieBelle also offers an array of imported chocolates and have a cafe serving chocolate drinks and treats. Find them in SoHo at 484 Broome Street.
La Maison du Chocolat
This classic French chocolatier has four shops in Manhattan (Rockefeller Center, The Plaza Food Hall, and the Upper East Side). The staff is knowledgeable and the chocolates are divine.
Specialty gifts offered include 40 pieces of intense dark chocolate ganache made with cacao beans from Ecuador, 19 pieces of dark and milk ganache flavored with Champagne, and 25 pieces of sweet and savory creations (like praline with porcini mushrooms and dark ganache with red pepper) boxed.
NYC same-day delivery is available.
The flagship location of this Brooklyn-based chocolate shop is located on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill and all their chocolates are made by hand. They also have a shop in Park Slope that offers craft beers, wine/chocolate pairings and backyard seating.
Nunu has been featured as one of the 10 best chocolatiers in North America by Dessert magazine.