Mon-Sat, 11am–7pm; Sundays, holidays only
1 at 116th St.-Columbia University
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Mondel Chocolates has been a Morningside Heights favorite since opening in 1943. The small store wears its age in a pleasant, homey way: Its interior is narrow, almost cramped, with packed glass counters filled with standard candy store selections like candy corn and jelly beans, along with dozens of varieties of housemade chocolates (centered behind the counters is a framed photo of Katharine Hepburn, a Mondel regular who apparently favored their dark chocolate). Decorated tins, baskets, and stuffed animals suitable for every conceivable sort of special event line the opposite wall. Like many older New York establishments, the staff can initially be chilly but they’re actually friendly and helpful; if you have only a vague idea what kind of chocolate, say, your significant other might like, they don’t just throw a dozen in a box—they’ll take their time to put together a thoughtful variety.