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La Maison du Chocolat (NYC 2012)

Coffee at La Maison due Chocolat

Coffee and a dark ganache featuring raisins flambes with rum

As soon as I knew I was definitely vacationing in New York City this year, La Maison du Chocolat was at the top of the list of places to visit.  It was a must see … a do not miss … a visit regardless of anything else (I have Fritos and Foie Gras to blame :) for introducing me to La Maison du Chocolat).  My first day on my own in Manhattan, I visited their shop at Rockefeller Center.  I purchased $40 of chocolate that I slowly enjoyed over the course of my week and a half in NYC.  I brought some of purchase home, and enjoyed my NYC experience in my easy chair after my first day back to work.  It was awesome.

One afternoon as I stumbled my tired, weary body down the uneven cobblestones of 5th Avenue, I received a phone call from The Feisty Foodie about meeting up for dinner at Cascabel Taqueria, a restaurant very near to where I was.  I immediately agreed, ready for some nourishment and a chance to sit down for awhile.  But I had an hour to waste before dinner time.  What was I going to do with my tired self?  Thank goodness, La Maison appeared to save me.

Chocolate Eclair at La Maison du Chocolat

Chocolate Eclair at La Maison du Chocolat

As I turned off of 5th Avenue and walked towards Madison, I decided to walk the avenue for sightseeing and window shopping.  After a full day of museum walking and yarn store browsing, I was getting to just that side of overtired and cranky.  Not an attitude I wanted to bring to dinner.  Then, it was as though the heavens broke and Fate smiled down on me.  I happened to look to my left and across the avenue saw the most beautiful four words atop a store: La Maison du Chocolat.  If I wasn’t such a stoic, staid individual, I might have broke down in tears of happy relief.

Menu Item at La Maison du Chocolat

The dark ganache with raisins and rum was such a delight to eat with my coffee.

At the risk of ruining my appetite for dinner, I decided to have dessert first.  All the walking and tiredness had me feeling super ravenous.  I walked into the shop thinking a wee bit of chocolate would lift my spirits (read that as my feet) and smooth out my mood.  I silently gasped with joy when I noticed the shop had a wee cafe in the back.  Nothing could be more what I needed at that exact moment.  I sat down to look at the menu, thinking a bit of chocolate and coffee would produce enough caffeine to revive and pep me up.   I’ve since decided this must be how 90% of New Yorkers survive the city: copious amounts of caffeine and chocolate. (I kid! Sort of.)

Pistachio Ice Cream at La Maison du Chocolat

Pistachio Ice Cream at La Maison du Chocolat

I decided to try the things that I knew I wouldn’t be able to readily get again: some deep rich coffee which came with that delicious ganache, a chocolate eclair, and pistachio ice cream.  Was it alot to have 45 minutes before dinner?  Yes.  Did I regret it?   Not. One. Bit.  

It was quiet.  I was the only one in the cafe area.  The waitress was beyond nice and accommodating, moving me to a table near an outlet when she noticed I was worrying that my phone was nearly out of charge.  She was attentive but never intrusive.  And I left a huge tip of thanks for her quiet demeanor and the relaxed atmosphere.

I sat there reading my book, looking forward to dinner, and just generally beyond happy with my whole New York City experience.

I want to go back, my friends.  I definitely want to go back.


P.S. Happy Friday, everyone!  Don’t forget to be the bento!  And have a great weekend.


  1. Yvo says:

    No, that really is the secret to how 90% of NYers survive here: copious amounts of caffeine. Why do you think there’s a Starbucks every 5 feet? ;)

    PS The other 10% were born and raised here and are therefore immune to the pressures of the pace. Double ;)
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