Jacques Torres Chocolate
285 Amsterdam (between 73/74th Streets)
New York, New York 10023
66 Water Street (Between Dock & Main Streets)
Brooklyn, New York 11201
350 Hudson at King Street (1 block South of Houston)
New York, New York 10014
Being an Upper West Sider, I’m always excited about new places in the area. I went to Jacques Torres Chocolate tonight with hopes of having one of their delicious ice cream cookie sandwiches. To my dismay, they informed me that this specialty is only in the summer. Of course, I still had to try one of their famous hot chocolates and chocolate chip cookies. I had a classic hot chocolate (they also serve a “Wicked” hot chocolate that’s spicy), with a chocolate chip cookie, a Mudslide cookie, and four of their chocolates. Now having cookies here was quite a test when my ultimate cookie place (Le Vain Bakery) is right across the street. I have to say though, their chocolate chip cookie was impressive and I was not disappointed. It’s size is equivalent to a bread plate, and the chunks of chocolate are plentiful. This cookie was thin and soft, just like a giant chewy Chips Ahoy! cookie. I was very happy to devour not one but 2 of these.
I was quite disappointed by the mudslide cookie though. It’s a chocolate cookie with chocolate chunks and nuts. It was just plain dry and hard. Maybe it was due to the fact that it was at the end of the day, but that’s no excuse. One tip when you get a cookie here, be picky and choose the one you want because they’re all different sizes and chocolate quantities. When I was eating, I definitely heard a man ask for the third cookie down since it was the largest.
To accompany the cookies, I enjoyed the hot chocolate, which was delightful. Not too thick and not too watery, which was perfect since the cookie was quite rich. Of course, I couldn’t leave without trying some of the chocolates. The ones that caught my eye were the Russian Peanut Butter, Caramel, Apple Pie, and Pumpkin Pie candies. The Russian Peanut butter was so smooth and silky, the caramel was melty and creamy, the Apple Pie tasted just like the real thing, along with the Pumpkin Pie. I love how creative and seasonal the pie flavors were. These were luxury chocolates that deserve their famous rep. What a great Valentine’s gift a box of these would be! Overall, the experience was pleasant. The interior was festive and fun. I can’t wait to go back and try the ice cream sandwich when the weather’s warmer!