Cacao Bar, Marie Belle
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Mariebelle NY Cocoa Bar: A date with hot chocolate
Dear Food Diary:
For the love of hot chocolate, Mariebelle NY is a chocoholics dream come true. Whether you have a long time boo or someone special in mind, the Cocoa Bar inside the retail store is one romantic spot. Get a cup of their thick and rich hot chocolate in different levels of intensity and flavors. Surely, every chocolate lover will find their favorite. One of the best in this city. Add some pretty French desserts, sit back and enjoy.
Afterwards, you can browse the charming store and take home a box or two of their fine chocolate.
It was hard not to stop and look at everything in this very “girly” store while heading to the back. But the instant treat of an afternoon break awaited for me inside the Cocoa Bar. Browsing is best left for after the indulgence. In a very silly way, I believed it would help “walk off” all the chocolate I would conquer.
Once inside, I couldn’t help but smile and feel swooned. The aromas of chocolate, sugar and butter danced in the air. This is how I imagine a living room in Paris would look like. Warm and inviting. Beautiful character and details. That mix of casual and elegance. Pretty, but not to the point where it isn’t functional.
I don’t think I could ever get tired of French macarons and that colorful tower. It’s always such a pretty little treat. Their desserts looked fabulous, I wanted them all, but my sweet tooth was more sensible.
I love how there’s a hot chocolate for everyone. Not just you’re usual milk and dark. But details in % and mixed flavors. Love!
I’m a dark chocolate kinda gal so their PANELA 75 CACAO LIQUOR with natural brown cane sugar cane was perfect. Super thick and rich. Just enough sugar in the ultra concentrated blend. Like sipping a warm chocolate bar. The small cup was just enough for me. Though I did get the urge to lick the petite espresso size cup. Simply divine. One of the top 3 hot chocolates in this city.
StalkerBoy is more of a milk chocolate person. He ordered the MILK HOT CHOCOLATE WITH FRESHLY GROUND HAZELNUTS. Their large is basically a tea cup. This was just as thick and rich, but a lot sweeter. The nutty hazelnut flavor was in the background swirling. Next time I’ll ask to add some to my dark. I adore chocolate with nuts.
I wanted something fresh and “lighter” to go with my dark hot chocolate. Their Passion Fruit Tart was hard to pass on. The fragrance of bright passion fruit and that sweet tartness always compliment chocolate so well. Here, the custard like passion fruit cream is light and melt in your mouth. Butter all over the crumbly crust. Pops of passion fruit seeds for fun and extra punch. Marshmallows on top, another one of chocolate’s best friends. Superb.
Chocolate on Chocolate you say!? Hell yeah! I would of chosen something a bit more unique, but our waiter highly recommended their Chocolate Molten Cake. Soft but not too runny. Intensely filled with dark chocolate. Warm and comforting. Classic.
I wish I could of had one bite of everything on the menu, seriously…
After all that chocolate, it was time to wonder the shop…
Single origin chocolates in all levels of intensity, shapes, sizes and flavor combinations. It’s hard not to fall in love with it all.
Decorative tins of their signature hot chocolates are a great gift or treat to take home.
Motto to live by for every Chocoholic around… including this Chubby.
MarieBelle in Soho New York
MarieBelle is one of my favorite chocolate shops! It is located in Soho, and I hadn't been in a while, so during my recent trip, had to pop in. Their windows are always so pretty!
I will be so ready when the spring weather comes back!
Isn't this just wonderful?
A lovely place for breakfast or light lunch as they have a cafe in the back of the chocolate shop
The packaging is gorgeous, and makes such great gifts. Her hot chocolate is one of the best in the city.
Lychee tea ! Ever since I ate a Lychee cupcake, I see the flavor everywhere! This has to be some pretty amazing tea!
The entrance to the CaCao Bar where you can have a bite to eat and relax
I love the stained glass design on the wall
If you are looking for unique gifts to take back to family and friends, this is a great place to find something they will really enjoy!
Her chocolates are works of art. You may not want to eat them as they are so beautiful, but once you taste them, it won't be a big issue!
Have you had MarieBelle chocolates?
MarieBelle Chocolates: A Chocolate Masterpiece
I am a self-confessed choco-holic. I love love love chocolate and I can never get enough! I am particularly keen about dark chocolate. One of my favorite foods!
As an undergraduate, I attended Bryn Mawr College, which is a woman's college in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Freshman year, my friend was doing a documentary about what kind of a place a woman's college is, and I jokingly said, "it's a wonderful place where chocolate is abundant." What a true statement. I don't think I ever had to look for chocolate, because everywhere on campus, chocolate was available. A blessing and a curse!
Whilst Manhattan is full of chocolate stores, (Jacques Torres, La Maison Chocolat, Godiva, etc...), there is one that I have become particularly fond of: MARIEBELLE. That name may sound familiar to you, since some stores sell their hot chocolate. If you haven't been to this chocolatier and you love art and chocolate, you must visit as soon as possible! Never has chocolate looked for gorgeous. It's almost a pity to eat the detectible Mariebelle confections because they are like mini-masterpieces!
484 Broome St (SoHo, NYC)
I love the decor of this place. I feel like I've gone back in time and I am trapped in a 1920s-Baroque Tiffany's box. I know that sounds bizarre, but it's actually quite cool!
The most beautiful chocolates I have ever seen! Too gorgeous to eat perhaps?
MarieBelle has an enormous chocolate selection. I find that creating a box is difficult because I want to choose all of them! They have flavors like milk chocolate and hazelnut, but they also have more exotic flavors like cardamon and saffron. I also really love the whiskey flavor! (Then again, I have a soft spot for whiskey...something my dad has instilled me with.)
After chatting with one of the employees, I learned that each chocolate is delicately silk screened. And each pattern is suppose to convey the flavor somehow. I don't see that part, but the silk screening I believe.
I'll be the first to say, these chocolates are not cheap, they will burn a bit of a hole in your pocket but from a taste and aesthetic point of view....they are worth EVERY PENNY!
MarieBelle Satisfies all Chocolate Cravings
During a weekend scavenger hunt throughout New York City (I highly recommend giving this a try) I was fortunate to re-stumble upon MarieBelle chocolate shop. (I had visited this store about two years ago during a hot chocolate tour.)
Photo Courtesy of MarieBelle
The chocolates at this store are nothing short of works of art. Don’t quote me on this, but they seem to be hand painted with different designs by flavor. During my most recent visit I headed to the back of the chocolate shop where they have a quaint cacao bar and tea salon. With about 15-20 seats, the cacao bar gives visitors the opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City and indulge in some chocolate treats along with different chocolatey drinks.
The bar is adorned with different types of cookies, pastries, chocolate powders and various other sweets. After taking a quick glance at the menu, Hailey, my chocolate companion for the day, and I decided to go with hot chocolate, an iced chocolate drink and an alfajor.
Hot Chocolate, Iced Chocolate and Alfajor
Everything was delicious! I’m sure I consumed enough sugar to last me for the rest of the week but it was well worth it. Unlike your usual hot chocolate, this hot chocolate is similar to what you get in Europe – liquid chocolate. It’s almost as if MarieBelle melted down a chocolate bar and served it to you in a cup. Nothing short of amazing. The iced chocolate drink reminded me of Serendipity 3. Similar to the hot chocolate, it was liquid chocolate and I was in heaven.
I also had the opportunity to try an alfajor. Alfajores are traditional confections found in various regions of Spain as well as countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Peru. It consisted of two round biscuits with dulce de leche in the middle. The outside was then coated in coconut. This was something I had never had before and it was very good. The biscuits were a little bit crumbly but other than that, it was very light and nicely accompanied our liquid chocolate drinks.
If you’re in the area and have a sweet tooth, MarieBelle is the place to go for all things chocolate. The chocolates in the store may be expensive, but head right to the cocoa bar and spend some time having some of MarieBelle’s incredible chocolate drinks or sample some of the various homemade sweets. I will definitely be paying MarieBelle a visit again.
#CacaoBar at the Dreamy MarieBelle Soho. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. Spending some Zen Sunday time in this Elegant, cozy, quaint, adorable and magical chandelier-topped boutique chocolate Shoppe that has a magical European-style cafe with fabulous coffee. Makes me miss my Summer Euro travels, the wander lust is setting in... Oh where to travel this summer Talk about perfect #SundayVibes #ATasteOfMyLife #IBelieveInMagic #MarieBelle MarieBelleNY PS: One of my summer bucket lists is discovering magical coffee shops in NYC.
Reminiscent of a café set somewhere in Europe, styled with antique furniture and caked in old world charm, MarieBelle chocolates hold its own in New York City.
Being no stranger to charming spots, Soho seems to be the perfect site for this divinely decadent chocolate house.
The front half of the store one can purchase and sample a large variety of freshly made chocolates, confections, ice creams and so on.
At the back of the store is a cute little Cacao Bar and Tea which is the perfect spot to rest your weary feet and feed your soul!
The offerings consist of light fare, fresh-baked pastries, desserts ( which were decent but not outstanding) and a menu of killer hot and iced chocolates!
The hot chocolate is so rich that it contains NO COCOA powder– it is just made with the finest Belgian chocolate and refined sugar. This is a must try – my favorite was the white chocolate one but I do suggest you share it with someone because that drink is heavy!
There is a pretty price tag that is attached to all this pretty food but I think that MarieBelle is definitely a spot that worth a visit.
Here is some of what we tried:
Decadent hot chocolate at MarieBelle in SoHo, NYC
A great way to enjoy this evening, when many of us in NYC and in other parts of the North-East are holed up at home, thanks to Nor’Easter Nemo is to sip a hot cup of drinking chocolate or cocoa, wouldn’t you agree? It’s February, and City Bakery is hosting its annual hot chocolate festival, and no, I haven’t been there this year yet, although their calendar of different flavors of hot chocolate is extremely tempting.
This post is about hot chocolate from MarieBelle in SoHo. When I wrote this post about hot chocolate where I ranted about not finding delicious, thick, decadent hot chocolate, one of this blog’s readers, a celebrity, Chopped Champion, and fellow food-blogger of Food Fix Kitchen recommended MarieBelle for hot chocolate, and I had to check it out for myself.
I have been to Marie Belle a few times after I got her recommendation. You will enter the store in front, but please go to the cafe at the back. The cafe’s decor is very quaint – makes me feel as though I am in a European cafe or in one in Buenos Aires, with its high ceiling, chandeliers, and wall paper.
Board at entrance to Marie Belle in SoHo, NYC
Chocolate on display at MarieBelle in SoHo, NYC
Boxes of powder for hot chocolate at MarieBelle in SoHo, NYC
Decor inside MarieBelle in SoHo, NYC
I simply love their hot chocolate, served in beautiful china. It’s a small cup (about 3 – 4 oz), but trust me it is packed with thick, decadent, chocolate goodness and calories too. I find MarieBelle’s dark chocolate a little too dark for my taste, but you might like it. I crave the divine combination of milk, sugar, and chocolate, and their milk chocolate hazelnut hot chocolate is perfect for me. You will like MarieBelle’s dark chocolate Aztec if you like dark chocolate with loads of cinnamon in it. It’s not a personal favorite of mine.
Milk chocolate hazelnut at MarieBelle in SoHo, NYC
I tried their almond cake, their orange peel raisin cookie and their dulce de leche macaron.
The almond cake was not-too-sweet or crumbly, but moist and dusted with sugar. I found the almond essence / extract overwhelming, but my friend was very happy with this cake.
Almond cake at MarieBelle in SoHo NYC
I have never had an orange peel raisin cookie before. It was a flat, brittle-like piece. The sweet tartness of the candied orange peel combined with the sweet raisins made it irresistible.
Orange peel raisin cookie at MarieBelle in SoHo NYC
The dulce de leche macaron was fantastic. A thin layer of sweet, sticky, golden-brown caramel attached the two sides of the macaron. This macaron is definitely one of their best. Macarons are also available in other flavors like pistachio, chocolate, passion fruit, lavender, coffee, vanilla, and strawberry. Will try those at some point.
Dulce de leche macaron at MarieBelle in SoHo NYC
Go to City Bakery or to Marie Belle and let me know what you think of their hot chocolates. Are there any other items that I must try the next time I am there?
Mariebelle Fine Chocolates is a Chocolatier, Coffee, and Tea shop located on 484 Broome Street in New York, NY. The store sells chocolates, bakery goods, and various beverages. While they do serve sandwhichs and soups, that is not its appeal. This restaurant is very highly rated, with 78% of all reviews rating the place 4 stars or higher.
The hot chocolate is mentioned by nearly everyone. Many state the the food itself is pretty uninspired, many people like their soup. The shop offers many different kinds of chocolate, and offer many samples for you to try to find what you like best.
The atmosphere is very fancy, with a very European feel. Many people claimed they felt like they walked into France.
They don't have many people on at one time to serve, as it's a small shop. Many people commented on how kind and nice the staff were, but a few mentioned they wished they had more than one person on at the time.