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Domori in New York City?
July 31, 2004
1:00 am
Duetto
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With the summer heat on, and hot-weather packaging costing $$ at internet retailers, I've started combing the City for fine chocolates. Vahlrona is everywhere, but could any New Yorkers out there give me leads on Domori and Bonnat?

(Incidentally, why is there no Starbucks Dark at Starbucks in NYC? Not a single Starbucks franchise on the Upper West Side seems to carry chocolate.)

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July 31, 2004
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I was in New York in 2001 to run the New York Marathon, and during my stay I tried to find some chocolate. Found Michel Cluizel in a deli-shop a little south of the UN building. (Now, that was an accurate description you may say). And if you check out the internett sites of El Rey, you will find retailers in the Big Apple.

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July 31, 2004
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quote:


Originally posted by Duetto


Not a single Starbucks franchise on the Upper West Side seems to carry chocolate.)


Is that supposed to be a pity? [8D] IMHO, the Strabucks choc may 110% organic&politically correct - it tastes no better than the other bunch of cheap 70%s.

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August 2, 2004
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Duetto
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I wouldn't know if it's a pity without trying it. And that's the point, isn't it?

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August 3, 2004
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Hans-Peter Rot
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Out of the 127 Starbucks locations, not one near you carries their own chocolate? I agree with polar that it really isn't a pity, especially since you can get far better chocolate a lot easier. Marie Belle, in SoHo has lots of good chocolate to choose from, such as El Rey, Amedei, Cuba Venchi, Rovira, Dolfin, etc.; Dean and Deluca carries Cluizel and Schokinag; Vosges sells Chocovic, Scharffen Berger, and of course her own bars. Of course, you have to visit La Maison too, which is on Madison Avenue and in the Rockefeller Center. Selection might be better towards October or when the weather cools off.

August 5, 2004
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Duetto
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Thanks, Montegrano! Plenty of suggestions and I can't wait to check them all out. It's remarkable how much I've still got to learn about this city after 4 years of living here.

(And, no, no chocolate at any Starbucks I visited. And, I confess, they get too much of my money and more of my time. But the hot spots and the relative quiet and the plentiful electric outlets--and there you go...)

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August 5, 2004
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Hans-Peter Rot
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I've only had two cups of coffee from Starbucks, and it's not bad, albeit a little weak. I've brewed their own blends at home and found their French roast, and although I love strong coffee, rather bitter. Dean & Deluca has weak coffee as well (but good muffins and salty bagels). I guess it's a matter of taste. Incidentally, if you're ever near Bleeker St, go to a bakery called Pasticceria Bruno. They have excellenet coffee, in addition to dozens of delicious desserts, pastries, breads, gelato, etc. Try the apricot sorbet, though. Trust me; if you go here, you won't be disappointed. Their web site is http://www.brunobakery.com if you're interested. Also, there's another good bakery along way too called Saint Angelique. I don't remember exactly where it's located, but if you see it, check it out. I remember eating an extremely rich cinnamon raisin brioche/bread from there that was incredibly good.

When you visit those chocolate stores and boutiques I suggested, you might want to ask them if they know of any other places that sell high end chocolate (just make sure you buy something to promote their business, heh). You'll get a lot of leads this way, and if you find anymore, please let me know [;)]

August 6, 2004
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Martin Christy
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The Starbucks chocolate is a European thing - it's made by The Day Chocolate Company, who make Divine chocolate. Also, it's fair trade, but not organic. For fair trade I think it is quite good, but apart from that doesn't stand our from the crowd. It's handy though, in London anyway!

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April 8, 2005
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just found this for domori, don't know if it's still up-to-date: Garden of Eden 7 East 14th Street, and other Garden of Eden stores.

March 16, 2006
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hi peoples,
i haven't gone through the trouble of reading all of the posts on chocolate in nyc, so please don't shoot me for asking: chocolate-wise, what are the worthwhile places to visit in nyc? i prefer bars to truffles and pralines and can get most bars (domori, amedei, el rey, pralus, gerbaud, etc., etc.) at home, but i figure there's probably something exotic i haven't heard of before.

thanx

March 20, 2006
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Hans-Peter Rot
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Well, to be honest, the selection in the US won't be tremendously different than over there, but if you're looking for bars, try Garden of Eden. It's a natural food store, but they have a huge selection of bars. Also give Dean & Deluca a shot (by the Rockefeller Center) and look for the Christopher Norman bars, or you could simply stop by his shop instead. And while you're in the area, you can make a pit stop at Jacques Torres' factory as well. But if you really want a taste of American chocolate, go to the chocolatier's shops in NY and see what they have. The bonbons are really worth the effort, and if you'd like a list of the "who's who" of American chocolatiers in NY, then let me know, and I can supply you with one.

March 23, 2006
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Would have to agree with Montegrano on testing some of treats in NYC. My personal favorite is Kee's Chocolates in Soho, Kee herself is there most of the time and is usually kind of enough to give you a sample or two. Dean Deluca carries Christopher Norman and Michael Recchutti (sp?) but those are boxed and if you head down to wall st you can find christopher norman's store along a back alley. Definitely some adventurous flavors there and as was mentioned previously, the bars are great. Have tried a bunch of the bigger names in the city but those aren't for me I guess. Unfortunately I gave up chocolate for lent so I've been having withdrawal symptoms for a while! [:(]

March 23, 2006
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Yeah, Christopher Norman is by Wall Street, as is Jacques Torres. If you stop by one, you might as well go to the other.

Every time I tried visiting Kee's, she was closed. The first time was because she's closed on Monday, but every other time she's been on vacation!

April 2, 2006
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I must agree about Kee's Chocolate, it's very good. You can see here creations at her website http://www.keeschocolates.com. Last I checked you cannot order from it, but it does have a menu. As for Jacques Torres, I'm not a fan of his chocolates, but he does seem to do good business, so someone must like his stuff. There's a ton of chocolates shops in New York, so I couldn't see anyone not being able to find great chocolates.

April 3, 2006
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thanks, guys, for all the information. this is sure to make my stay in nyc even more enjoyable :)

April 3, 2006
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I might be in NY at the beginning of July for the Fancy Food Show. You won't be in NY during this time, right?

April 4, 2006
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unfortunately, no. i'll be there from around the beginning to the middle of june.

April 4, 2006
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I'll be at the fancy food show as well, Montegrano! I live in New York (a bit north of the city) so I'm lucky enough to visit anytime I want and I've heard of the Kees choc. that has been mentioned but never went to the shop I think that's on my list of things to do the next time I'm there!! I call it research!!!

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April 5, 2006
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Research indeed! If I'm there, perhaps you'd like to meet up? It's always interesting to meet forum members!

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