Originally Posted by gdl203
Of those available in NYC, I like Marcolini and Debauve & Gallais the most. Maison du Chocolat is also pretty good. I find Leonidas and Godiva generally pretty awful.
Leonidas and Godiva are like the Jos. A. Banks of chocolatiers. Ghiradelli's is like the Men's Wearhouse. I actually prefer See's to either. Those are straight up, honest, American styled chocolates that don't have any pretensions. For straight up chocolate, el rey and callebaut are nice. Marcolini is good, but some of their flavor profiles are a little simple. Vosges is decent, but I find that sometimes, they fall in love with their crazy flavors sometimes (like bacon.) For truffles and the like though, honestly, if you can ship it all over the world and let it sit on the shelf for any amount of time, it's like dried pasta. They can only get so good. Good truffles should be kept at room temperature, and really last only last a couple of weeks. I really, really, like Burdick Chocolates (www.burdickchocolate.com)
, which opened a shop in NYC recently. gdl, you ought to go there and check it out. It's near CEGO. The flavors profiles are complex, but they have a good sense of restraint. If you don't live in New Hampshire, in the Boston area, or in NYC, they will Fedex the stuff to you. It's worth it. I would put them up against any of the boutique chocolatiers in Europe. They are definitely a step above anything else I've found in the States.