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NY (and Paris): Richart Chocolate

06-Nov-2005
 
A few years ago, on a trip to Paris, M and I stumbled across this marvelous chocolate shop, Richart.  In Paris, the store is located just a couple of blocks away from the Musée D’Orsay.  We had planned to visit the museum but when we arrived the tourist buses were emptying their riders, the lines were huge and it was pouring down rain.  We decided to try our luck later in the day and while dashing from the scene we came across this shop with the most beautiful chocolates in the window.  This was in March, so all the display chocolates were egg shaped, in celebration of Easter, with the most gorgeous designs adorning the tops. 
 
Now, I have to tell you that these people think even more of their chocolates than I do…. The chocolates in the cases are for display only – sort of as a resource so that you know what design is what flavor.  You can’t buy just a single piece to see if you like them.  No, you must buy one of the boxes with an entire selection.  If you don’t like that, I guess you’d better just move along!  Lucky for me, they are as good as they look, since I bought several boxes as gifts that first time we discovered this place – I figured they were at least very beautiful! 
 
At some point after we returned, I checked out their website and discovered they also have a location in New York, so the last two times I’ve been in New York I’ve stopped by for a little fix.  One of my favorite items is a chocolate sampler they carry.  These are thin slabs of undecorated chocolate.  In the small box you get 4 varieties and 9 in the large box.  Each stack is from a different country and has a different percent of cacao.  It’s really interesting to taste the different flavors as you taste your way around the chocolate world. 
 
The candies pictures above are beautiful but I would not recommend them – at least not this particular variety.  They had these flavored almond paste candies and I thought the basil variety sounded interesting so I bought a small bag of them – thank heavens it was small!  It wasn’t that they were bad, actually, but put basil with almonds and you have something very reminiscent of pesto!  So eating this candy was much like popping a little ball of pesto in your mouth and chewing it up.  I like pesto, but not like this!  The other flavors they had were fruits; I want to say raspberry was one but I don’t remember the other.  Maybe they’d be better?  Anyway, I kept them long enough to snap a photo but then into the garbage the rest of the bag went.  I also came away with a couple boxes of chocolates, though, so all was not lost! 
 
 
RICHART Design et Chocolat
7 E 55th Street  – between Park and Madison
New York
 
Subway:  E, F at 5th
 
 
 
 
 
      
3 Comments
  1. French permalink
    12-Oct-2013 6:31 am

    Where is your shop that sells wine and chocolates near the Musee d’Orsay/ thank you in advance

    • 12-Oct-2013 6:49 am

      Both Paris locations are fairly close to d’Orsay, but I think the 2nd location is the closest. It’s the one my friend and I came across when we delayed our visit to the museum.

      PARIS 75006 27 rue Bonaparte Tel.
      +33 (0)1 56 81 16 10 Métro Saint-Germain-Des-Prés
      Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      (Monday to Saturday)
      Open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
      (Sunday)

      PARIS 75007 258 bd St Germain Tel.
      +33 (0)1 45 55 66 00 Métro Solférino
      Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      Closed Sunday

    • 12-Oct-2013 6:51 am

      You can find more information here: http://www.richart-chocolates.com/chocolates/BoutiqueServlet

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