Food & Drink

National Chocolate Day in NYC

Monday, October 26, 2015

Though we may partake in chocolate celebrations every day quite often, October 28 is, officially, National Chocolate Day. Because AVENUE readers are the city’s ultimate sophisticates, celebration of this very important holiday must be much more festive than simply raiding the bag of Fun Sized candy bars you bought for your building’s trick-or-treaters. We’ve compiled a list of the best places and ways to celebrate National Chocolate Day. Check your guilt at the door, and be grateful that Oct. 29 isn’t National Crop Top Day.

Of course, we would be loath to forget Serendipity‘s famous frozen hot chocolate on a day such as this. Basic, sure, but it’s crammed full of midwestern tourists in baby blue parkas for a reason–because it’s good. If eating next to a suburban family of six isn’t your thing, the eatery now offers their most famous fare in a to-go container. For a more artisan take on dessert, Li-Lac Chocolates in the West Village has been spinning cocoa into cute shapes and dreamy confections for over 100 years now. Pricey, sure, but the quality is so rich it’s worth busting both your zipper and wallet. Because even a day dedicated wholly to chocolate don’t deter the most dedicated of health nuts, Williamsburg’s Fine & Raw is, obviously, raw and totally toxin-free. A massive collection of subtle but distinct flavors really set this store apart, and the health benefits are just a bonus. Rounding out our favorite picks is another mainstay, but one that’s churning out a series of brand-new goodies just in time for the holidays. Godiva Chocolatier‘s sable biscuits are the perfect mix of sweetly satisfying and delicate, while the brand’s traditional 70-piece box filled with chocolate, fruit, nuts, pralines, and caramels pressed into pretty shells, hearts, swirls and stars are a classic.

Indulge in one (or all!) of our favorite picks while celebrating this excellent reason to consume. As if you needed a reason.


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