Best Candy Bar
- The Ultimate Candy Bar at Garrison Confections
119 West 23rd Street,By appointment only; 212-929-2545 www.garrisonconfections.com
Part Milky Way, part Snickers—but infinitely better than both—this nostalgic nougat bar is studded with roasted pistachios, hazelnuts, and almonds; topped with caramel; and cloaked in dark chocolate decorated with designs like an Asian leaf motif or a Milky Way–esque galaxy.
Best Hot Chocolates
The chocoholic’s guide to the most decadent cocoa-phile creations in town.
- City Bakery
3 West 18th Street, 212-366-1414
Dense, fudgy, and delicious, Maury Rubin’s reclusive brownies make periodic appearances on City Bakery’s pastry counter (and a cameo on Sex and the City). Get ’em while the getting’s good.
- Chocolate Tart at Craft
43 East 19th Street, 212-780-0880
The only thing better than Karen DeMasco’s silky, custardy chocolate tart at Craftbar is the rich, fudgy one she serves warm at Craft next door. Chocolate freaks, though, can have it both ways at Craft, where DeMasco serves bite-size versions of the Craftbar tart as petits fours.
- The Chocolate Mudslide Cookie at Jacques Torres Chocolate
66 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY; 718-875-9772
On Saturdays, Dumbo’s premiere chocolatier bakes éclairs, pithiviers, and these astoundingly chewy, chocolatey, walnut-studded marvels that achieve the proper mudlike consistency after a minute in the microwave.
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).