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New York’s Most Indulgent Chocolate Desserts

product_dark-chocolate-brownies-cWhile we’re generally equal opportunists regarding dessert, when it comes Valentine’s Day, only Chocolate will do.  And we’re not talking about heart-shaped boxes of corn syrupy candy from pharmacies, but instead, cocoa-focused confections from the city’s best restaurants and bakeries, from Mah-Ze-Dahr‘s pitch perfect Brownies and Dominique Ansel’s awe-inspiring Chocolate “Mooses,” to the over-the-top, highly Instagrammed milkshakes from Black Tap Burgers and Beer.

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer

Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer
529 Broome St
Soho,New York 10013
(917) 639-3089

They may want to consider changing their name, because this otherwise unassuming duo of gastropubs has been drawing Cronut-level lines for its off-the-wall milkshakes. Certified cocoa fiends will flip for the Cookie; a chocolate chip cookie crumb-encrusted glass, filled with blended ice cream, topped with an entire ice cream sandwich (that’s been made with two chocolate chip cookies and rolled in chocolate chips), garnished with a few more chocolate chip cookies for good measure, and drowned in chocolate sauce.

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Dominique Ansel Kitchen

Dominique Ansel Kitchen
137 7th Ave S
West Village,New York 11114
(212) 242-5111

You wouldn’t expect the aforementioned Cronut king to take a challenge lying down, right?  Crowds may not be forming just yet for this adorable Chocolate “Moose,” but we say it’s high time it got the attention it deserves — how can you say no to this face; especially considering it’s filled with chestnut and mandarin ganache, and coated in milk chocolate?

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Morgenstern’s

Morgenstern’s
2 Rivington St
Bowery,New York 10002
(212) 209-7684

Not only can you pour hot fudge, chocolate shots, chocolate chunks or junior mints over the top of frozen concoction on the menu, this inventive scoop shop located on the Lower East Side, Morgenstern’s, takes basic chocolate ice cream to the next level.  You’ll find both Chocolate Sorbet and Mint Chip for starters, made in collaboration with Edible Schoolyard, as well as up to six variations on the classic dairy treat, including Bitter Chocolate, Salted Chocolate, Szechuan Peppercorn, Rose Pepper Cherry and Chocolate Oat. Grab dinner close by so you can end the night at this dreamy destination.

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Mah-Ze-Dahr

Mah-Ze-Dahr
28 Greenwich Ave
West Village,New York 10011
(212) 498-9810

Formerly a wholesale business, operating in the back of the ‘wichcraft kitchens (they’re touted as a Tom Colicchio discovery), Mah-Ze-Dahr now serves its frequently chocolate-centric creations to the appreciative masses, in their own, West Village bakery.  Classicists will adore the Valrhona-glazed Black and White Cookie, as well as the intense Dark Chocolate Brownies, cut with flakes of fleur de sel; although the Dark Chocolate Explosion Cookies (boasting a brownie-like batter) provide an ingenious taste of both!

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Breads

Breads
18 E 16th St
Union Square,New York 10003
(212) 633-2253

In a city blessed with dense, Eastern European babka, Breads — helmed by Danish-Israeli baker, Uri Scheft — might just make one of the very best.  It doesn’t hurt that the sweet, laminated yeast bread is liberally riddled with chocolate; spread with a mixture of velvet hazelnut Nutella, and Belgian dark chocolate chips.

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Levain

Levain
167 W 74th St
Upper West Side,New York 10023
(212) 874-6080

If you’re a crispy cookie aficionado, Levain’s famous, palm-sized treats are definitely not for you.  But if you’re a fan of gooey and chewy (just like us!) their domed, signature cookies, jam-packed with chocolate chips and walnuts, are the platonic ideal.  Alternatively, you can double down this Valentine’s Day with the Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip; extra dark French cocoa-infused dough, crammed with semisweet chocolate chunks.

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The Chocolate Room

The Chocolate Room
269 Court St
Cobble Hill,New York 11231
(718) 246-2600

Heaven for chocoholics, this duo of Brooklyn dessert shops is entirely devoted to all things cocoa; from Brownie Sundaes, Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Layer Cake and Chocolate Fondue for Two, to a selection of housemade confections, such as Truffles, Chocolate-covered Popcorn, Chocolate Bars and Chocolate Bark.

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Petee’s Pie Company

Petee’s Pie Company
61 Delancey St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 966-2526

Save apple, pumpkin and pecan for Thanksgiving.  Come Valentine’s Day, Petee’s Salty Chocolate Chess (topped with a pair of pastry hearts!) is the only pie you’ll need — unless you’re talking about the dreamy Chocolate Cream, of course — bearing a base of decadent dark chocolate ganache, piped with rosettes of silky whipped cream.

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