L.A. Burdick
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The Best Place to Find Hot Chocolate in New York City
If you request a mocha at L.A. Burdick Chocolate, be prepared to eat it with a spoon. When I ordered my hot chocolate, I was expecting a thick consistency but wasn't prepared for the partially edible gooey beverage --basically melted chocolate in a cup. But that’s how L.A. Burdick likes to play. The eponymous café in New York City is the former home of the city’s beloved restaurant Fleur de Sel and showcases the edible wares gems of Mr. Burdick’s obsession. By combining Swiss recipes with French gastronomy and the creativity of American chocolatiers, L.A. Burdick can surprise by a decadent (and never saccharine) excess. You can get your fix of chocolate mice which are very popular or thimble-sized penguins which boast a heart of dark ganache. Mr. Burdick hails from New Hampshire and set up this wicked chocolate shop which is a mixture of New England and Paris nestled in the hustle and bustle of New York City. It is the café in New York City which won my heart: hook, line and sinker. A setting apropos for any romantic movie (every table has fresh sprigs of flowers), the setting offers the standard latte and cappuccino mix along with spirits from scotch to bubbly (this is one of the few cafes I've found where you can order scotch and champagne while you nibble chocolate). Tip: purchase some chocolate bars which range from the healthy variety to texturized ones with cocoa nibs. They contain beans from Brazil to Ecuador and are ideal snacks or gifts.
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