Surprising NYC Destination for Chocolate

When you’re in New York City and you want a bar of high quality chocolate, where do you go?  Forget exclusive addresses; nowadays, you can buy Valrhona in just about any corner deli, and the same goes for Lindt and Green & Black’s organic chocolate.  The high end food stores, like Citarella and Eli’s, certainly stock an impressive variety, while Garden of Eden and Whole Foods are right up there with them.  But other than doing as I did – ordering online at superstar chocolate website chocosphere and shlepping back suitcases full of chocolate from France, Belgium and Switzerland, what’s one to do for other international brands, prestigious names and lesser known chocolate makers?  

Food Emporium, NYC

How about Food Emporium?!  Cue radio jingle, “Someone made a store just for me,” as I apologize to those who will now have that stuck their heads; and zoom in on lowered incredulous eyebrows.  Not the most upscale supermarket in the city, Food Emporium definitely has two addresses to take note of.  Their enormous store on 1st Avenue at 59th Street is worth a visit just for the architecture alone, as you walk in and gape at the vaulted tiled ceilings, directly beneath the Queensboro Bridge.  You’ll then gape at their large chocolate selection too.  The new address on my NYC list is, however, the Food Emporium on 3rd Avenue at 68th Street.  This place is a chocolate lover’s dream!  Who knew?!

Food Emporium, NYCYou’ll find a fully stocked and impeccable display of the most sought after names in the chocolate world.  France is well represented with Pralus’ entire rainbow of single origin bars, Valrhona, Michel Cluizel and even a few pink packages from Fauchon.  On my last visit, a full vertical display was dedicated to Amedei from Italy, as well as another to Coppeneur from Germany, and yet another to my personal favorite, Felchlin, from Switzerland.  Christopher Elbow had his entire collection from 1 to 12, as well as other stateside chocolate makers, including Fritz Knipschildt, Scharffen Berger, Berkshire Bark, Vosges Haut Chocolat and Fran’s Chocolates.  You might even leave with a handful of bars or individual chocolates by names you have never heard of.  That’s the fun of finding such places as these, and discovering new chocolates along the way.  

Oh, and if I seem to have forgotten to mention, they also have Läderach chocolate bark from Switzerland, a certain item that traveled from Zürich to Manhattan with me as something unique from here.  Well, Food Emporium has thrown down the gauntlet.  On my next trip to New York, I’ll be sure to bring something back that’s a bit more difficult to find on the other side of the Atlantic.  Challenge accepted.

Laderach Chocolate Bark

Food Emporium
1175 Third Ave. at 68th Street
New York, NY 10021

7 Responses to “Surprising NYC Destination for Chocolate”

  1. Stéphanie says:

    And then… your dream became reality!!!

  2. Stephanie Shorr says:

    Hey Kerrin!!! This is amazing. It sounds like you’re having a blast. I am so jealous….I am really excited to look for the special Swiss chocolate at the Food Emporium on 68th St – it’s literally on my corner!! Take care and thanks for sharing!!

  3. Parisbreakfast says:

    This place IS surprising!
    I’ve meant to do it on PB…
    Course they never have the one thing I’m looking for but they surely have so much else.
    Must remember – rob bank before entering!!!

  4. katy says:

    So, what what did you find that is more difficult to find?

  5. Olympus Tours says:

    Did you know that the word chocolate come from the Aztec voice: Xocolatl? One more for the extensive culture of this delicacy. The ancient people of Mexico used the cacao, from which originates the chocolate as currency and had a value equivalent to the gold today. It was not for less. And then it became a delicacy of kings. Very good your web site. Thank you.

  6. Jason Goldstein says:

    Food emporium no longer carries laderache…i know , i just went there and was so utterly disappointed.

    any other ideas on how to get laderache bark in nyc?


  7. Kerrin says:

    Hi Jason, oh that’s too bad ! Sorry to hear they don’t carry Läderach chocolate anymore. And I don’t think that speciality chocolate shop at Food Emporium is nearly as big as it used to be, right ? As for other addresses in the city that carry Läderach, I don’t know of any. And their website unfortunately doesn’t show any locations in the States at all:

    If you find it, definitely let me know ! Thanks 🙂

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