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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 29th 2011

Let's face it—any New York chocolate shop will be the best. Any chocolate shop no matter where it's located will be the best, because it sells chocolate. And there's no such thing as bad chocolate. That being said, there are some NY chocolate shops that offer unique and distinctive chocolates, so I guess you could say these could count as the best. But, I guess the only way you'll really be able to determine this is to visit all of the ones on this list as well as any others you may find.

Kee's Chocolates, 80 Thompson Street; 452 5th Avenue

Kee Ling Tong originally began her business as a combination flower and chocolate shop, but found herself having to devote more time to the chocolate part of the business, so she ended up just having to let the flower shop portion go. That didn't bother her customers, though, because the chocolate is what brought them to the shop to begin with.

The ingredients that Kee has on hand that day will determine the chocolate flavors that are sold, so each visit is a surprise. In addition, Kee uses some seasonal ingredients, so if they are not available, seasonal chocolate flavors won't be, either. That's all right, though, because you're still going to find some type of chocolate that you'll enjoy.

Black Hound New York, 170 2nd Avenue

This chocolate shop considers its chocolate making and baking an art form, but instead of using paints and clays, they use natural ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure butter, and nuts that have been freshly roasted. The result is some of the finest chocolate cakes, truffles, tarts, and cookies you'll ever eat. The chocolate is made in small batches so that it is always fresh. This ensures that each treat is always of the highest quality. Stop in today and get your chocolate fix at the Black Hound.

Martine's Chocolates

Not only do you buy chocolates at Martine's Chocolates, but you get to see the chocolate made, by hand, every day. You would think it couldn't get any fresher than that. Actually, it most likely can't because not only are the chocolates made fresh, the ingredients used are the freshest and most natural that can be had. No preservatives are ever used, so you will need to take special care of the treats you buy from Martine's Chocolates to ensure that they retain their freshness and taste. You won't mind doing that, though, because they're worth the effort.

Marie Belle New York, 484 Broome Street

Marie Belle is not only a feast for the palate and nostrils but also a feast for the eyes. The chocolates are displayed on some of the most beautiful pieces of antique furniture and glass cabinets you'll ever see. In fact, at first glance, you may think you're looking at fine pieces of jewelry rather than chocolates, but when you realize that they are indeed chocolates, you'll be glad they're not jewels. After all, you can only look at jewelry, but you actually get to eat Marie Belle chocolates.
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Why? Because who doesn't like chocolate
When: Whenever you want
Where: All over New York
Cost: Depends on the shop
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