Restaurant: MarieBelle - 484 Broome Street between W Broadway and Wooster Street, Manhattan, New York
During a weekend scavenger hunt throughout New York City (I highly recommend giving this a try) I was fortunate to re-stumble upon MarieBelle chocolate shop. (I had visited this store about two years ago during a hot chocolate tour.)
The chocolates at this store are nothing short of works of art. Don’t quote me on this, but they seem to be hand painted with different designs by flavor. During my most recent visit I headed to the back of the chocolate shop where they have a quaint cacao bar and tea salon. With about 15-20 seats, the cacao bar gives visitors the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City and indulge in some chocolate treats along with different chocolatey drinks.
The bar is adorned with different types of cookies, pastries, chocolate powders and various other sweets. After taking a quick glance at the menu, Hailey, my chocolate companion for the day, and I decided to go with hot chocolate, an iced chocolate drink and an alfajor.
Everything was delicious! I’m sure I consumed enough sugar to last me for the rest of the week but it was well worth it. Unlike your usual hot chocolate, this hot chocolate is similar to what you get in Europe – liquid chocolate. It’s almost as if MarieBelle melted down a chocolate bar and served it to you in a cup. Nothing short of amazing. The iced chocolate drink reminded me of Serendipity 3. Similar to the hot chocolate, it was liquid chocolate and I was in heaven.
I also had the opportunity to try an alfajor. Alfajores are traditional confections found in various regions of Spain as well as countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Peru. It consisted of two round biscuits with dulce de leche in the middle. The outside was then coated in coconut. This was something I had never had before and it was very good. The biscuits were a little bit crumbly but other than that, it was very light and nicely accompanied our liquid chocolate drinks.
If you’re in the area and have a sweet tooth, MarieBelle is the place to go for all things chocolate. The chocolates in the store may be expensive, but head right to the cocoa bar and spend some time having some of MarieBelle’s incredible chocolate drinks or sample some of the various homemade sweets. I will definitely be paying MarieBelle a visit again.