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By Bao Ong | February 13, 2017 | Food & Drink
This Valentine’s Day, go beyond the box of chocolates when cozying up with the chocoholic in your life. These restaurants around NYC serve creative, over-the-top desserts that pay homage to the beloved cocoa-based treat.
Your cupcake obsession is going to get next-level with Craveable Hospitality Group’s new The PieCupen by pastry director Zac Young. This dessert incorporates a cupcake with chocolate cream pie, red velvet cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and champagne truffle. It’s available at David Burke at Bloomingdale’s (1000 Third Ave.)—or, if you want to fight the crowds, order via FoodyDirect.
This rich, warm flourless chocolate cake is surrounded by decorative and delicious accoutrements like cherry sauce, crème fraiche cream, brandied cherries, cherry versa, rose meringue, and a scoop of mascarpone ice cream. 28 W. 53rd St., 212-790-8800
It’s hard to improve on a classic New York cheesecake, but Avra Madison’s version is intensely rich yet light. The raspberry-rosewater sauce arrives with a chocolate bar that ensures you’ve you’ll enjoy the maximum amount of chocolate in every bite. 14 E. 60th St., 212-937-0100
Enjoy your chocolate in liquid form at chef Suvir Saran’s Tapestry. This cocktail, created by sommelier and beverage director Harsh Dayalani, combines a jolting single shot of espresso mixed with Baileys, cognac, Frangelico, and dark chocolate before it’s topped with cocoa powder. 60 Greenwich Ave., 212-373-8900
For the chocoholic, this decadent chocolate cake from an Upper East Side mainstay is a dream a come true: multiple layers of chocolate reside inside a cloak of finger-licking-good chocolate sugar frosting that’s also covered in—you guessed it—even more chocolate crumbs. 1100 Madison Ave., 212-861-1340
It’s all about chocolate at the elegant Bouley Test Kitchen. After enjoying a champagne reception, couples can make their own artisanal chocolates and truffles with Sarah Bouley, a master chocolatier. Or, if you’d rather enjoy the works of the professionals, wait until the chocolate bombe arrives at the end of your multi-course dinner. 88 W. Broadway, fifth fl.
Zuma’s warm chocolate cake isn’t your usual meal finale. The perfectly-sized cake boasts a pitch-perfect density and gets a creative twist with caramelized hazelnut praline, vanilla ice cream, and Zuma-branded chocolate on top. 261 Madison Ave., 212-544-9862
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ALAN BATTMAN (AVRA MADISON)