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New Cuisine Chocolate Tour

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New Cuisine Chocolate Tour

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Curious about the modern chocolate shops of downtown Manhattan? On the two hour New Cuisine Chocolate walking tour, you'll enjoy delicious visits to four of the best chocolate shops in SoHo and the West Village, learn about the distinctive styles and techniques used by each shop. This tour has a more casual feel than the Luxury Chocolate Tour, which might be a better option for those interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the chocolate making process.

Pros

  • Friendly, knowledgable tour guide
  • Staff at stores shared history and background of the different shops
  • Chance to sample chocolates at each shop
  • Unique opportunity to understand differences among the high-end chocolate shops
  • 5% discount on purchases at each chocolate shop

Cons

  • Not appropriate for young children
  • Less interaction with the chocolate shop staff than on the Luxury Chocolate Tour

Description

  • Featured Chocolate Shops:
    • Vosges Haut Chocolate
    • Kee's Chocolates
    • Mariebelle
    • Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven
  • New York City New Cuisine Chocolate Tour Price: $70
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  • The tour covers less than a mile at a comfortable pace, with bathroom breaks and lots of time spent in the chocolate shops.
  • You'll sample chocolate at each shop (and hot/frozen chocolate at some) -- bring a bottle of water to cleanse your palate.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. You'll be walking from shop to shop and the tour takes place rain or shine.
  • The New York City New Cuisine Chocolate Tour is offered Saturdays and Sundays at 12 p.m.
  • Advance reservations are required and tours often sell out. Book Tickets Online with Zerve
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Guide Review - New Cuisine Chocolate Tour

The New Cuisine Chocolate Tour began at Vosges Haut Chocolat where we met Bert and our fellow tour participants. Bert gave us an overview of Vosges and discussed the distinctive flavorings and focus of this Chicago-based chocolatier, before we sampled a few of the shop's signature truffles. At Vosges, Bert had pre-selected the truffles for us to try and walked us through the "proper" way to sample the chocolates by slowly letting them soften on our palate. We tried their red fire (dark chocolate w/ancho chili powder & Ceylon cinnamon) and black pearl (dark chocolate w/ginger, wasabi & sesame seeds) truffles. We had time to check out the shop's products -- I nearly bought their Bacon Exotic Candy Bar, but since the weather was warm, I wasn't sure if it would survive the heat during the tour.

Next, we headed to Kee's Chocolates, where all the chocolates are handmade next door to the shop (we were able to see Kee herself hard at work through the window). We each chose two truffles to sample; still high on chocolate from Vosges, my mom and I shared a truffle and stashed our other three away for later.

The tour continued with stops at Mariebelle and Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven. At each shop Bert pointed out the unique features of the shop, as well as some of his favorite truffles. In addition to two truffles, we sampled hot chocolate at Mariebelle and frozen chocolate at Jacques Torres. I was happy that we stashed many truffles for later, as it became tough to savor them as we approached chocolate overload.

The New Cuisine Chocolate Tour was a fun way to explore the neighborhood of SoHo while sampling many interesting confections. If the weather is cooperative (in particular, not too hot) it's also a great chance to buy gifts for folks back home (or for yourself).

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