We were looking for a dessert and checked on google to see what was around when we stumbled upon Jacques Torres on the Upper West Side. Jacques Torres is not unknown to me as I tried his chocolate many times and even went to his chocolate factory downtown many years ago, but I do not recall having tried his hot chocolate. So, it was time to change that and that was like a revelation: his hot chocolate is the best in the city! People rave about City Bakery's hot chocolate, but I admit that I do not like it. This one, at Jacques Torres is something else: it is like melted chocolate, but without being too sweet or too bitter; yes, it is a perfect balance that makes me want to have such a place next door.
The location on the Upper West Side is not that big and does not have that many tables, but we were lucky to arrive at the moment two sitting patrons left. We decided to try few things there and I was surprised to hear that the bill was less than $11. Here is what we had:
A classic hot chocolate, small (perfect size for me):
Flourless chocolate cake: so good, it was dense and very chocolatey.
Chocolate cookie: soft and chewy, it had lots of chocolate, but I have to give it to City Bakery for the best chocolate chip cookie.
Jacques Torres definitely knows how to make chocolate and how to serve it and I can tell you: I'll be back!
Enjoy (I did)!
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