Tea, coffee, hot chocolate (sit in or take away) Rockfeller Center, Plaza Food Hall, Madison Avenue, The Warner Center, Brookfield Place
Whenever I am in midtown, New York City and need a break, I love to go to La Maison du Chocolat, located at the Rockfeller Center. They have other locations in NYC too but I always go to this one. Maybe because it’s the first one I discovered in New York and I love it! When you look at it from the outside, it may seem like just another luxury chocolate boutique but La Maison du Chocolat is far more than that! It is a place dedicated to the love of chocolate.
What you’ll find there:
An array of beautiful chocolates including pralines, ganaches, fruited chocolates and chocolate truffles ;
Amazing chocolate pastries like éclairs, macarons, tarts, and other chocolate pastry specialties ;
Coffee, tea and hot chocolate that you can enjoy in the warmth of the boutique or to go.
For Whom: Chocolate lovers in search of exceptional chocolates.
Their Story: The first La Maison du Chocolat opened in Paris, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in 1977. Its founder, Robert Linxe was passionate about chocolate. By opening the first boutique in Paris entirely dedicated to chocolate, he turned his dream ‘to restore chocolate in all its nobility” into reality. Always in search of the perfect balance, Robert Linxe was the inventor of modern chocolate, creating unique ganaches with the most delicate and subtle flavors. Today, La Maison du Chocolat has about 25 stores in France, Asia, the Middle East and the US where its presence dates back to 1990. You can find La Maison du Chocolat in NYC at 5 different addresses located at the Plaza Food Hall, Madison Avenue, The Warner Center, Brookfield Place and Rockfeller Center.
My Experience: My love story with La Maison du Chocolat began years ago when I lived in Paris. I was won over by their chocolate truffles at the first bite and then by their ganaches and pralines! I loved to go to their store on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré whenever I wanted to buy a special gift. Even if, most of the time, the chocolates were not for me, the smell in that store and the passion with which the staff answered my many questions were enough to fill me with joy. At that time, I learnt that tasting fine chocolate is a full sensory experience that not only pleases the palate but the other senses as well. When I arrived in New York, I was delighted to find out that La Maison du Chocolat has several boutiques here too! I must confess I only know the Rockfeller Center boutique in NYC and never visited their other locations. As in Paris, I love to go there to buy chocolates or pastries but what I love most is going there for a chocolate break! I usually sit at one of their tables and I order a tea with a chocolate pastry or sometimes just a tea. They have a great selection of Mariage Frères teas which I adore too and each tea comes with one chocolate. Not any chocolate but the one which pairs perfectly with the tea you’ve chosen. There, enjoying each sip of my tea, I feel like time stops for a moment while I discover all the subtlety of flavors of the chocolate which has been chosen for me. Robert Linxe used to say: “Chocolatier is the profession of an artisan. All the chocolates are handmade, but in reality, they are made with the heart”, and it’s true that tasting them you can feel all the love and passion that has been put into their creation. ~Nathalie ~ December 4, 2018
“I am heir to the perfection of balances of Robert Linxe. I make chocolates as he would have made them today. I feel responsible for what he has created, his philosophy of taste, assemblages and his balances.” Nicolas Cloiseau, Master Chef of La Maison du Chocolat.