Elvis fans have Graceland; baseball fans have Cooperstown; and now NYC chocolate fans have Burdick’s. A gourmet chocolate shop that has locations in Cambridge, MA, and Walpole, NH, L.A. Burdick opened an NYC store in the old Fleur de Sel storefront, smack in the middle of the Flatiron district.
Burdick’s is known for its incredible hot chocolate. This isn’t Swiss Miss; it’s deep, dark, thick, and not too sweet. Pure chocolate distilled into liquid form, it’s just as grown-up as a dirty martini or scotch on the rocks. Get it to go if you’re on your way to nearby Madison Park, or sip a comforting mug at one of the handful of café tables in the rustically styled shop.
For extra indulgence, pair your hot chocolate (or tea, coffee, or espresso, if that’s more your thing) with one of their exquisite pastries. Try the famous Harvard Square, a small cube layered with chocolate in all its forms—brownie, fudge, ganache, cocoa powder—with walnuts interspersed among the layers. It is richness personified, the perfect after-dinner or mid-afternoon snack for a chocoholic.
Burdick’s also has a full line of chocolate bars and individual chocolate bonbons, displayed alluringly in a shiny glass case. Don’t miss the chocolate mice, tiny truffles shaped and decorated just like their namesake, complete with a colorful satin tail. Take a few with you as a souvenir of sorts—that is, if you can resist eating them on the way home.
L.A. Burdick, 5 East 20th Street, between Broadway and 5th Avenue; 212-796-0143;