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Brooklyn Paper: Brooklyn's Best Easter Chocolates, April 17, 2014
BP reviews our special caramel chocolate matzoh, just for Passover, and our wide selection of Knipschildt chocolate eggs for Easter.
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USA Today: Nine amazing American chocolate cafes, bars and lounges, February 6, 2014
The ubiquitous national daily gives us a nice shout out.
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New York Daily News: Chocolate Room on the move in Park Slope, January 24, 2014
A story detailing our Fifth Avenue café closing, our new pop-up shop, and our new location just up the street.
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DNAinfo: Park Slope's Chocolate Room Hopes to Add Hard Liquor to Menu, January 17, 2014
Leslie Albrecht covers our Fifth Store cafe closing and the challenges of getting a liquor permit in NYC.
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The Wall Street Journal: ‘Chocolate-Drunk’ in Brooklyn, January 15, 2014
The WSJ's Rebecca Bratburd covers Chocolate NYC's party at the Bell House. WSJ is a paid site, but you can read the full article on Bratburd's personal site here.
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Brooklyn Daily: Chock full: Top chocolatiers visit Gowanus for tasting party, January 7, 2014
Danielle Furfaro details ChocolateNYC's first party at the Bell House.
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I Just Want to Eat (blog): TCR Review, September 14, 2013
Jean-Philippe, a Frenchman by birth, visits our Cobble Hill café, writes up a rave review, concluding with a wish that, "when [I was a kid and] my parents sent me to my room, it was The Chocolate Room."
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Park Slope Patch: Leap of Faith, August 27, 2013
Rich Arlo profiles TCR's amazing journey and our search for a new space in Park Slope.
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CBS New York: NYC’s 5 Best Frozen Hot Chocolate Drinks, August 20, 2013
At the top of the list is our summer delicious Hot Chocolate Float.
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Kitchen Daily: 14 Things You Didn't Know About Adam Richman, July 30, 2013
How much does the Travel Channel's Adam Richman love our handmade mint chocolate chip ice cream? Could it be the best thing he's ever eaten? Read.
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DNA Info New York: Chocolate Cake Bake-Off Features Local Brooklyn Chocolate Purveyors, April 9, 2013
DNA Info gives a nice shout out for our Tasting and Bake-Off on April 27th.
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CBS New York: NYC’s 7 Best Valentine’s Day Treats & Desserts, February 7, 2013
Sarah Shaker at CBS NY recommends our special Valentine's Day 2-course chocolate tasting.
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Empire Guides: TCR Review. January 19, 2013
This new NYC travel guide recently created a profile of our two cafés.
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Barclays Center TV: The Chocolate Lover. October 17, 2012
The folks at Barclays Center TV came by and made a video about our passion for chocolate. You can watch it on the big screen at the arena or right here on computer.
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NYC Tourist: The Best Hot Chocolate to Warm Your Soul. October 17, 2012
As the days get colder, this popular blog recommends our delicious hot chocolates.
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CBS New York: The 7 Best Hot Drinks for Fall In NYC. September 24, 2012
It's fall and CBS New York gives our Bourbon Vanilla Hot Cocoa a nice shout out. Read.
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Long Island University's Seawanhaka Press: Review of TCR, September 13, 2012
"Based on the ambiance and customer service alone, The Chocolate Room is an overall adorable place to catch up with a good friend..." Read more.
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Fast Company: 9 Moments of Career-Making Serendipity, September 4, 2012
Examples from Frans Johansson's latest book, The Click Moment, include TCR's story of its relentless quest for perfection. "For Johansson, [our] passion is the ultimate metric of potential."
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Huffington Post: My 5 Favorite Cupcake Shops in New York, August 28, 2012
HuffPo contributor Jill Knapp explains why if you're "a fan of coffee, chocolate, and of course cupcakes, then [TCR] is the place for you."
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Capital New York: History of Brooklyn Blackout Cake, August 21, 2012
Everybody loves TCR's world-famous three-layer chocolate blackout cake, but few know its illustrious history. Capital New York's Leah Koenig tells all and provides a recipe.
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NYC Official Guide: Must-See Cobble Hill, August 10, 2012
It's official! The city of New York loves our "deliciously indulgent boutique and dessert café." Read the rave here.
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DNAInfo.com: Best Places to Get Quirky Ice Cream Treats, August 3, 2012
TCR's homemade ice cream gets a nice shout out from this local news website.
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Racked NY: Where this Menswear Designer Buys Chocolates for His Mom, July 31, 2012
Menswear designer Marlon Gobel loves our classic hot chocolate, while his mother is "addicted" to our spiced dark hot chocolate. Read more here.
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Edible Brooklyn: Brooklyn Uncorked in Photos, May 21, 2012
See some mouth-watering photos of our "divine" flourless mini chocolate cakes and other treats dished up at Brooklyn Uncorked here.
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Dallis Brothers Coffee (blog): Trying to Remember Brooklyn Uncorked, May 13, 2012
NYC roaster, Dallis Bros., already is nostalgic for our Flourless Madagascar Chocolate Cake, which we dished up for Brooklyn Uncorked 2012.
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YouTube Video: Our Frozen Hot Chocolate, May 13, 2012
Vivere New York's Laura made a video (in Italian) about our awesome frozen hot chocolate. View it here.
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Immaculate Infatuation: Adam Richman's Perfect For Picks, May 11, 2012
“If you like Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, then [TCR's] is the one by which all others should be judged. It is the standard they all wish to rise to. If you don’t like Mint Chocolate Chip, we can’t be friends.” Read.
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Edible Brooklyn: Good Dairy Wrap-Up, May 1, 2012
It was a dairylicious evening in SoHo and Edible Brooklyn has lots of photos and a rave for our Mint Chip ice cream. Read here.
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Greenpoint Star: Nashville by Way of Brooklyn, April 27, 2012
Country singer and songwriter Risa Binder gets profiled and shares her love for The Chocolate Room. Also, check out this video, where she sings the e title track from her from her most recent CD, Paper Heart, at our Cobble Hill cafe.
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New York Social Diary: 20 Bites from the Second Annual Tasting Brooklyn, April 5, 2012
NYSD's Erin Frankel reviewed some of her favorite dishes, including TCR cupcakes and S'mores, at Tasting Brooklyn. Read here.
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Serious Eats: 20 Bites from the Second Annual Tasting Brooklyn, April 4, 2012
If you missed the delicious Tasting Brooklyn event last Wednesday evening, you can sample some of the winning dishes (photos), including our mini chocolate cupcakes, here.
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Carroll Gardens Patch: High Fives with Marky Ramone, March 22, 2012
The drummer for the legendary Ramones lives in downtown Brooklyn and recommends TCR for an espresso and a chocolate cupcake before or after a movie. Read.
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Carroll Gardens Patch: High Fives with Marky Ramone, March 22, 2012
The drummer for the legendary Ramones lives in downtown Brooklyn and recommends TCR for an espresso and a chocolate cupcake before or after a movie. Read.
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The Wall Street Journal: Singing for Her Sweets, March 11, 2012
WSJ profiles singer-songwriter Risa Binder, who lives near our café in Cobble Hill and loves our signature Black Bottom Butterscotch. Read.
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The Gourmez (blog): The Brooklyn Food Scene, Part 2, February 17, 2012
"Ben and I decided to split the black bottom butterscotch custard, one of the signature options. Dark chocolate hides beneath that delicious custard, which was amazing. What sold us, though, was the coconut whipped cream on top. Ben and I rarely say no to coconut, and it went wonderfully with the rest of the dessert." Read more.
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Carroll Gardens Patch: Sweet Ideas, February 11, 2012
TCR's unique "anatomically correct" heart shaped cookies were included in this local AOL blog about Valentine's Day treats. Read.
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Becoming Brooklyn (blog): Three Sweet Gifts for Your Valentine, February 8, 2012
One of our special Valentine's Day treats, Knipschildt's Strawberry Hazelnut Bark, gets a shout out from this chocolate-loving blog. Read.
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City Maps: Best Chocolate Cakes in New York City, January 27, 2012
In honor of National Chocolate Cake Day, January 27th, Christopher Winfield over at City Maps put together a list of NYC's 5 best chocolate cakes. Read.
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Used York City (blog): The Chocolate Room: Only For Chocolate Addicts, January 24, 2012
"if you already have a chocolate addiction problem, The Chocolate Room will sink you deeper into a pool of delicious...." Read more.
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Stephanie M. Style (blog): TCR Shout Out, January 23, 2012
Fashion blogger Stephanie M. visited TCR. Read.
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A Daily Photo of Brooklyn (blog): Get to the Important Stuff @ The Chocolate Room, January 16, 2012
The Chocolate Room is a "winning combination..." Read more.
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CBS New York: NYC's 5 Best Cups of Spiked Hot Tea, January 4, 2012
TCR's "Chai Latte, made with Harney & Son’s chai tea and steamed milk, does the trick, especially when spiked with California’s Desiree Chocolate Port..." Read more.
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NearSay: The Chocolate Room Is Heaven & You Should Go There, December 30, 2011
NearSay reviewer Kailin Sansoucie tasted the magic at TCR. Read.
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Becoming Brooklyn (blog): Three Brooklyn Ways to Beat Depression, December 16, 2011
Everyone knows chocolate not only makes you happy but can cure the blues , including Brooklyn blogger Caitlin Heikkila who writes, "[The Chocolate Room is] my go to cure for sadness..." Read more.
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Kate Spade New York's Behind the Curtain: The Cocoa Chronicles, Chapter 2, December 9, 2011
"We love it for: the spiced dark hot cocoa…" Read more.
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Edible Brooklyn: Edible Partners' Picks: The Chocolate Room's Artisanal Cocoa Sampler, No. 24, Winter 2012
"Designed to satisfy all hot chocolate lovers with 8 ozs of our three varieties of hot cocoa mix…" Read more.
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Style. Love. Repeat. (blog): Stylish Eats: The Chocolate Room, November 21, 2011
Janelle Andrea writes: "I love anything with pumpkin ice cream, so I ordered the special of the night - which included the seasonal treat, along with a chocolate pecan tart. The pecan tart was delicious! It wasn't overly sweet, but still indulgent." Read more.
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Abbey Goes Design Scouting (blog): The Best Chocolate Layer Cake, November 15, 2011
"I am confident that I’m not overhyping the chocolate layer cake at The Chocolate Room in Cobble Hill when I say it is the best in NYC." Read more.
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Brooklyn Exposed: The Ultimate Thanksgiving 2011 Guide, November 10, 2011
TCR gets a shout out for its special orders, in particular our 9" Chocolate Pecan Pie which is perfect for Thanksgiving. Read.
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Han+Diana (blog): Dinner at Do or Dine & Dessert at The Chocolate Room, November 8, 2011
"I love The Chocolate Room. I want to sit there all day and just breathe the air.  ***fierce inhale without exhaling*** Aahhh!" Read more.
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City Spoonful: Spice Up Your Life: Eating Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Chile Pepper Fiesta, October 17, 2011
"The Chocolate Room offered a particularly delicious bittersweet cinnamon hot chocolate spiked with ancho and chipotle, just the thing for a rainy afternoon. Another of their treats, spiced caramel-coated, chocolate-drizzled popcorn, was completely addictive: sweet and salty with a fiery kick." Read more.
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The Wall Street Journal: Zagat Survey 2012, October 5, 2011
"Brooklyn restaurants that placed tops in their categories included Fette Sau for barbecue; The Chocolate Room for dessert..." Read more.
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CBS New York: The 6 Best Hot Drinks In NYC, October 3, 2011
CBS loves our Bourbon Vanilla Hot Cocoa! Read the article.
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Metromix New York: TCR at Brooklyn's Bounty, 2011 NYC Wine and Food Festival, October 2, 2011
"The Chocolate Room’s chocolate layer cake was one of the best we’ve ever tasted—all it needed was a glass of milk to wash it down!" See photos and read article.
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TCR at October 2nd Brooklyn's Bounty event, 2011 NYC Wine and Food Festival, September 29, 2011
Man vs. Food's Adam Richman will host Edible Brooklyn's Saturday evening event. Read.
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New York Magazine: The Stay-at-Home Dad Trying to Sneak Sex Into His New Schedule, August 29, 2011
It's true. Chocolate and sex are linked! "I am out to lunch with the baby and my mom at Alchemy in Park Slope and we walk by the Chocolate Room. We buy a few truffles and I get a jar of fudge sauce with devilish intentions..." Read more.
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She Knows City Guide, August 19, 2011
"There’s no better place to indulge in steaming liquid hot chocolate like the appropriately named Chocolate Room in Brooklyn’s Park Slope..." Read more.
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NearSay: Best Cafes in Cobble Hill: Summer 2011, August 2, 2011
We were picked as Cobble Hill's best dessert café. "This little shop has dozens of hand-made delicate little chocolates to nibble on with your coffee. An elegant, French patisserie-style dining room with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the back gardens of the adjacent apartments makes this a sunny, cheerful place to relax while satisfying your sweet tooth..." Read more.
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F'd in Park Slope, July 11, 2011
"I couldn't tell you a single thing on the Chocolate Room's menu...mostly because every time I go there I just close my eyes, look at the menu and point..." Read more.
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The Cooking Channel's Unique Sweets, Season 1, Episode 9, July 2011
"At The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn, the entire menu is devoted to chocolate..." Watch the episode (TCR appears 10:40 in). And if you'd like to learn how to make our world-famous layered chocolate cake, find the recipe here.
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The Brooklyn Paper: Treat her right! Your mom deserves a great meal next Sunday, April 29, 2011
"Your number one lady loves chocolate. End the day on a sweet note with a butterscotch custard, a decadent brownie sundae, or — to keep the party going — a scoop of ice cream covered with cocoa nibs and paired with a glass of chocolate port." Read more.
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Joonbug: Still Stuffed and Satisfied, April 6, 2011
"The Chocolate Room's Chocolate Caramel Popcorn: Not overly sweet, this munchable treat was drizzled in rich chocolate, handed out in brown paper bags, and astoundingly easy to eat in under 45 seconds..." Read more.
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The Brooklyn Paper: ‘Tasting Brooklyn’ is a big beefy bite of the borough, March 29, 2011
"Among the dessert options, you can’t go wrong with chocolate truffles and chocolate drizzled caramel popcorn from, of course, the Chocolate Room." Read more. And come see us at Tasting Brooklyn on April 5th.
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Happy & Full (Blog), March 13, 2011
"I think I was momentarily in heaven at The Chocolate Room. We weren't completely satisfied with dinner, so Shaun made an executive decision to stop at The Chocolate Room for dessert and boy did it turn a frown upside down!" Read more.
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(Mainly) Gluten Free in NYC (Blog), March 9, 2011
"Regular readers of this blog may already know that I have a teeny tiny obsession with chocolate.
Ok, it’s a pretty huge obsession.
So it comes as no surprise that one of my favorite places to eat in New York City is the Chocolate Room. Why do I love the Chocolate Room so? Ah, let me count the ways..." Read more.
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Your Vicarious Experience (Blog), March 2, 2011
"The Chocolate Chip Almond cake was delicious! The chocolate was rich and the cake was light so it was a match made in heaven...." Read more.
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Off Manhattan: A Dessert Crawl in Brooklyn, February 22, 2011
"If you’ve ever entertained the thought of doing a dessert bar crawl, Brooklyn has a seductive assortment of sweet spots worth an outer borough trip..." Read more.
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Brooklyn Bread, February 2011
"Owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher have always shared a love of chocolate..." Read more.
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Vivere New York (New York Life) Blog: TCR Review, February 10, 2011
Laura, an expat from Italy who now lives in Manhattan, blogs (in Italian) about her romantic visit to TCR Cobble Hill.
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Lisa Revilla (YouTube Video), January 17, 2011
YouTube foodies Am & Lisa made a video of their TCR visit.
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Figs in My Belly (Blog), January 15, 2011
"It is pretty much a given that you must order hot chocolate when the snow is falling and you are at a place called “The Chocolate Room.” Oh, and please do order a homemade marshmallow to swim in your hot chocolate. The Chocolate Room also has a hot chocolate with a shot of espresso in it. It is called a Cafe Torino. My eyes just got a little brighter thinking about it..." Read more.
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Style. Love. Repeat. (blog): Stylish Eats: The Chocolate Room, November 21, 2011
Janelle Andrea writes: "I love anything with pumpkin ice cream, so I ordered the special of the night - which included the seasonal treat, along with a chocolate pecan tart. The pecan tart was delicious! It wasn't overly sweet, but still indulgent." Read more.
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TimeOut New York Kids: Best Hot Chocolate in NYC, December 8, 2010
The Chocolate Room is a great place for a family hot chocolate break. Read more.
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Serious Eats: Sugar Rush: Butterscotch Pudding at The Chocolate Room, November 17, 2010
"At The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn, chocolate features prominently in only one of my favorite desserts—their Chocolate Cake. But my other favorite is the Black Bottom Butterscotch Custard..." Read more.
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Just Desserts NYC, October 29, 2010
"For National Chocolate Day, I decided to celebrate at The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn!" Read more.
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The Restaurant Fairy (Blog), October 25, 2010
"Did I just die and go to heaven? Yes this brownie sundae really is that good..." Read more.
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Food Network Magazine, Best of NYC, October 16, 2010
"I went on tons of dates here. It's every girl's dream—chocolate, coffee and wine..." Read more.
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Review Fix: Chocolate Endures in Park Slope, October 10, 2010

"Chocolate, at least in Park Slope, seems recession-proof.

While everything from thrift stores to gourmet pet food shops have closed in the past couple months, two dessert palaces,The Chocolate Room and The Cocoa Bar, haven’t had a problem navigating through the economic low tide..." Read more.
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Serious Eats: Sugar Rush: The Chocolate Cake at The Chocolate Room, July 12, 2010
"Three layers of dark chocolate cake, consistently moist, with an even, delicate crumb. It's inconspicuously tender and soft, a melt-in-your mouth type of cake..." Read more.
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Time Out New York, March 4, 2011
"This dessert café and chocolate shop is the perfect place to park your rear (and maybe inadvertently expand it)..." Read more.
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Oyster Locals: Three bites along Brooklyn’s ‘Restaurant Row’, March 3, 2010
"... or if you just want to pass up dinner altogether for some serious sweet-tooth snacking, this is your place – a chocolate covered cloud nine..." Read more.
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The New York Times: 36 Hours in New York City, January 7, 2010
Amy Virshup from the NYT recommends our homemade chocolate caramel popcorn. Read more.
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The Bridesmaid Diaries: Dessert Awesomeness (Blog), November 27, 2009
"That cake by the way, is probably the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. The texture, moisture, level of sweetness. It took a year for them to perfect it! ..." Read more and watch the video.
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Examiner: From Dream to Sweet Reality, August 6, 2009
"Enter The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood and you will enter into the realized dream of Naomi and Jon..." Read more.
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Top Choice Awards: Top Dessert Cuisine of 2009 in Brooklyn, July 29, 2009
Top Choice Awards is pleased to announce that Chocolate Room is the 2009 Top Choice Award recipient in the category of Dessert Cuisine for Brooklyn, NY.

The results were collected during the EnterVote.com 2008 International Restaurant, Nightlife, Hotel and Attraction Survey, which identified 2997 winners around the world. See the results online at: http://www.entervote.com/results/international/rnha-2008

Top Choice Awards is an important institution for the local and international business scene, recognized by the Government for its meaningful awards. The organization conducts democratic surveys, in multicultural cities around the globe, with the singular purpose of identifying and promoting businesses and professionals who have distinguished themselves amongst their competitors and earned the people's vote. Find out more.
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The Amateur Gourmet: Brownie Sundaes, July 20, 2009
"The brownie was hot. The ice cream was cold. The chocolate sauce glued it all together: it was heaven..." Read more.
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The City Sweet Tooth (Blog), February 14, 2009
Abby Denson, award-winning author and illustrator, created this wonderful comic about her love of TCR. She writes, "One of the most romantic dessert spots in NYC is The Chocolate Room. Its candle-lit ambience is perfect for dates!" Read more and buy a poster. Also cross-posted at The L Magazine.
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NET NY: Breaking Bread, January 14, 2009
Host Tati Amare from faith-based NET NY's Breaking Bread came by the store to talk to Naomi and sample our great desserts. See the video here.
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The New York Times: Winter's Pleasures, Sip by Sip, December 24, 2008
The Chocolate Room is "a homespun place, with exposed brick and tables clustered along a banquette..." Read more.
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The Wall Street Journal: Sweet Shops in Three Cities, December16, 2008
"In Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, the Chocolate Room is a cozy, narrow café where locals chat over diet-dooming offerings including cups of thick hot chocolate with home-made marshmallows and slices of knockout chocolate cake..." Read more.
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Serious Eats: 12 Days of Hot Chocolate: The Chocolate Room, December 12, 2008
"This is where you go for either the goopy sipping chocolate variety ("hot chocolate") or the thinner, milkier kind ("classic hot cocoa")—they do both really well..." Read more.
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LX.TV 1ST Look New York: Chocolate Roundup, October 20, 2008
Luxury TV's Siafa Lewis visits TCR for a taste of chocolate heaven. Read and watch the video (TCR is featured at 2:20 in).
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The French Brooklynite (Blog), September 19, 2008
"They should have named it ... Paradise..." Read more.
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Serious Eats: NYC's Top 10 Ice Cream Sandwiches, June 24, 2008
"The cookies are that right kind of crumbly crisp that works so well with ice cream..." Read more.
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City Capture, April 23, 2008
The crew from CityCapture made a great video about us. Check it out.
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Nation's Restaurant News: Floats Rise to the Top, March 16, 2008
"Tinkering is a good thing, according to Naomi Josepher, co-owner of The Chocolate Room..." Read more.
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Time Out New York's Sex+Dating: Your Dating Guidebook, February 14, 2008
"their brownie sundae ($8) is heaven on earth!..." Read more.
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Fodor's Travel Blog: Salons for the Chocolate Lover, February 20, 2008
"Visiting the Chocolate Room is about experiencing your favorite childhood desserts..." Read more.
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Off Manhattan: A Chocolate Getaway in Brooklyn, January 21, 2008
"The boutique on Fifth Avenue is a cozy, intimate place, with French fixtures on brick walls, chocolate wood furniture, and a display case of Fritz Kripschildt’s artisanal bonbons in the foyer to ensure guests leave with more than just lingering flavors..." Read more.
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New York Magazine: Winter 2008 NY Wedding Guide: Crazier Than Croquembouche, January 2008
"Perfectly made, dark and deep and uncompromised by any hint of sweetness—very austere and grown up. And they look like they would hold up well in the heat." Read more.
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New York Magazine: Critic's Pick, October 2007
"In many a child's fantasy there exists a candy world, where vegetables are banished and everything is made of chocolate. Park Slope's The Chocolate Room does an admirable job of breathing life into that fantasy..." Read more.
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Brooklyn Radio's Night Owl: Drunk on Chocolate, October 18, 2007
"On the eve of Valentine's Day, Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their brown doors to anxious addicts roaming Fifth Avenue in search of...SUGAR!..." Read the archived article.
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New York Daily News: Dessert Beers Are a New Trend in Restaurants, September 7, 2007
"Renee Lipski's husband, Michael, thought she was crazy when she ordered a beer float at the Chocolate Room in Brooklyn, but ended up finishing it off for her..." Read more.
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O, The Oprah Magazine: C is for Chocoholic, February 2007
"Naomi Josepher and Jon Payson, co-owners of the Brooklyn dessert café the Chocolate Room, serve their cake with a glass of Bonny Doon Framboise, a liqueur made from raspberries." Read more.
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O, The Oprah Magazine: Sliding into Ecstasy, February 2007
Three-Layer Chocolate Cake with Blackout Filling

Extravagantly rich (though not too sweet), The Chocolate Room's signature three-tiered cake keeps customers begging for more.
THE CREATION: A luscious and perfect three-layer blackout cake courtesy of The Chocolate Room, an intimate Brooklyn chocolate store and dessert café as devoted to sensuousness as any dimly lit French boudoir (86 Fifth Avenue; 718-783-2900; thechocolateroombrooklyn.com).
THE CREATORS: Co-owners Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher, who, along with a team of chefs, took almost a year to get the texture and not-too-sweet flavor just right. "It had to slide right off the fork and bring indescribable pleasure," says Payson, who serves slices accompanied by a small glass of Bonny Doon Framboise liqueur.
MMMM FACTOR: The ménage à trois of opulent, buttery filling, rich but not overpowering frosting, and perfectly moist cake turns most Chocolate Room customers into basket cases—and addicts. The café goes through more than 220 slices a week. (The owners are also happy to concoct their cake in a variety of sizes, including a woozy-sounding triple-tier wedding cake.)
THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Chocolate = happiness. "You just can't walk in here and be in a bad mood," says Josepher. After tasting a single slice, one customer spent ten minutes convulsed in laughter; another burst into tears. Late-night crowds line up outside the Chocolate Room for up to two hours, as if for the late-night dessert equivalent of Woodstock.

Check out the recipe here.
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New York Magazine: The Sweet Lowdown, February 5, 2006
"Utterly homespun and displayed, as tradition dictates, on a pedestal stand under a plastic dome, this old-fashioned favorite has a few things going for it scads of contenders don’t: a moist, tender texture and authentic chocolate flavor." See the original article.
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The New York Times: A Milk Bone? Humph! Only Truffles Will Do, February 23, 2006
"THIS is what it's come to on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, a once-mean street now practically paved with foie gras...." Read more.
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Park Slope Reader: There's Always Room for Chocolate, Summer 2005 issue
"In addition to the delectable table menu, the Chocolate Room also boasts a spectacular display case filled with the amazing confections of their off-site chocolatier, Fritz Kripschild..." Continue reading the archived article.
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Salli Vates NY Food Blog, April 3, 2005
"Hot chocolate is offered in two strengths: 38% and 60% chocolate. Naturally, I ordered the inky dark hot chocolate, which must be one of the richest beverages ever invented..." Read more.
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The Village Voice: Willy Wonka Goes Sideways: A Decadent Bar Sets the Standard, March 29, 2005
"The aphrodisiac-like alchemy of chocolate and wine has worked, proving correct the couple's hunch that there were people like them who'd rather go out for dessert and audible conversation than stake out a spot at a noisy bar..." Read more.
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New York Magazine: Just Desserts, May 21, 2005
"A cozy, candlelit nook serving the ever-romantic chocolate fondue for two, classic layer cake, and chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt’s line of bonbons and drizzlable dessert syrups." Go to article.
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The Brooklyn Paper: SWEET!, February 12, 2005
"Just in time for Valentine’s Day, husband-and-wife team Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher have opened The Chocolate Room, a chocolate boutique and dessert emporium on Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue..." Read more.
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The New York Times: FOOD STUFF; A Piece of Cake, A Mug of Chocolate and Thou, February 2, 2005
"It has taken Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher nearly a year to open the Chocolate Room, a dessert cafe and retail shop at 86 Fifth Avenue (Prospect Place) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. But with Valentine's Day coming, their timing -- and their chocolate fondue for two, right -- are tailor-made for the ultimate chocolate holiday..." Read more.
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Brooklyn Radio
October 18, 2007

Night Owl Drunk On Chocolate By Stephanie Nolasco

On the eve of Valentine's Day, Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher opened their brown doors to anxious addicts roaming Fifth Avenue in search of...SUGAR! Although that was two years ago, the husband and wife duo continue delighting Brooklynites in their Park Slope café, The Chocolate Room, where everything, including beer and popcorn, contains the sweet, oozing morsels that'll intoxicate you enough to lick the bowls bone dry.

The Chocolate Room, petite in size, bears exposed bricks aligned with brownie brown and cake batter walls. Around are praline wooden chairs and green mint marble tables. The bar, located on the opposite side of the room, is luminous ruby, like red velvet cake with windows overlooking a not-so-secret garden. Guests happily sip on Brooklyn's own crisp, light lager as Frank Sinatra croons behind a hidden speaker. Up front is a glass display revealing delicately wrapped ganaches made by famed European chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt of Denmark. These little handcrafted treats, commonly made with heavy cream, butter, sugar and chocolate, also include unusual ingredients. The heart-shaped Antoinette is made with rosewater and the passion fruit flavored La Femme is molded white chocolate dusted with edible gold. However, why gorge on palm-sized candy when creamy butterscotch, fresh brownies and booze await you at the table?

Be prepared for The Chocolate Room's complimentary sample scoops of Valrhona sorbet. This delicious dessert contains thick, silky textures with bursting, flavors of lightly sweetened chocolate that doesn't dry your mouth. You'll be quickly tempted to order the warm Brownie Sundae ($7.50) with drizzling fudge, whipped cream and a black rum-tasting cherry on top. A cooler choice would be the Not Hot ($5.50), an icy-cold hot chocolate that's more accessible than Serendipity's in Manhattan. Lovers will appreciate the elegant Chocolate Fondue for two ($13.00), which has 60% Belgium chocolate, ripe fruit, soft pound cake and marshmallows. Save the best for last and order a slice of their award-winning Chocolate Layer Cake ($5.50), a moist, fudge-coated masterpiece that slowly melts on your tongue, but quickly fills your belly with euphoria. Leisurely wash it down with the beloved Bonny Doon Framboise ($7.50), a syrupy, sweet wine with a slight raspberry scent.

Chocoholics of New York City must make a pilgrimage to The Chocolate Room and catch up on all the latest city gossip with friends over drinks and sweets. If rehab is for quitters, then chug all the chocolate stout you want without ever admitting you have a problem.

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Stephanie Nolasco is having a hard time breaking her addiction to chocolate since she found this little BK brownie. stephanie.nolasco@gmail.com
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Park Slope Reader
Summer 2005 issue

There’s Always Room for Chocolate: Park Slope’s New Chocolate Room

By Jillian Lubow and Nicholas Taylor

In addition to the delectable table menu, the Chocolate Room also boasts a spectacular display case filled with the amazing confections of their off-site chocolatier, Fritz Kripschildt.

Before they were small business owners, Jon Payson and Naomi Josepher were both once struggling artists, he a drummer and she a dancer.  They met, fittingly, how many struggling artists meet: while waiting tables at the same Manhattan bistro.  They married after six years of dating, and after another six they were brought back into the restaurant business, working together this time as owners rather than servers.

“The process of opening the store helped us rediscover the romance of the city,” Naomi reminisces.  Naomi, a modern dancer and personal trainer, found the whole experience - from searching for a location to open their café to purchasing the plates and silverware from merchants in the Bowery - to be “a gift from the world.” They met many unusual characters and discovered corners of the city they never knew existed. In addition, they found corners of each other’s personalities they never knew existed.

Jon had wanted to start his own business for a long time. After moving to Park Slope from the Upper East Side, Jon and Naomi were eager to get involved with the Fifth Avenue renaissance, hearing that it was the “new Smith Street.” At first he was thinking of a small café or dessert place, but after thumbing through a book about chocolate one day, a different idea took hold of him. Manhattan boasts excellent chocolate cafés, like the Chocolate Bar, but Brooklyn does not. Although neither Jon nor Naomi had ever been a chocolate connoisseur, like most of us he always had a love for chocolate. Sensing that he had found his niche in the market, he began to learn more and more about chocolate. As he learned more, he found that he was becoming passionate about well-made, hand-crafted chocolate. After a while, his enthusiasm rubbed off on Naomi, and in September 2003 they purchased a storefront on lower Fifth Avenue. In early February 2005, the Chocolate Room opened its doors, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Jon was looking to create a fun dessert shop, with a little fanciness but nothing pretentious.  Most importantly, he aimed to create a “total chocolate experience,” providing not just chocolates and cookies, but a wide range of chocolates, cakes, and other desserts.  The finely crafted menu offers sweet-tooth staples like chocolate layer cake, but also updated classics like chocolate flan. The menu has recently been expanded to include homemade ice creams as well as dessert wines. The menu at Chocolate Room is small, but somehow there’s something for everyone.
The meal starts with a complimentary plate of chocolate ginger biscotti, which is presented at the table in much the way bread and butter would be brought out to you at an Italian restaurant.  And, in addition to the delicious desserts they offer, all priced reasonably between $6.00 and $6.50, there is also a variety of chocolate and coffee drinks.  We enjoyed our biscotti and perused the menu while taking in the sights, sounds, and smells around us.  The atmosphere of the chocolate room -- a restored tin ceiling, an exposed brick wall, marble table-tops, a theme of circles running throughout the café, Ella Fitzgerald singing softly in the background -- put us in the perfect mood for a sweet indulgence. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated -- you can almost believe you’re no longer in Brooklyn, but in a cozy Parisian café, sipping coffee and nibbling on a tasty treat. Not sure what to order, but encouraged by the warm atmosphere to expand our horizons a bit, we opted for the frozen white chocolate raspberry mousse and the lemon buttermilk soufflé. Both dishes were delicious and rich, yet not too heavy. Jon said that he aims to provide desserts that leave the customer satisfied but not stuffed. Providing enough sweetness and weight to make you feel like you’re indulging, yet not so much that you feel sick to your stomach, is a delicate art that Jon and Naomi have mastered.

In addition to the delectable table menu, the Chocolate Room also boasts a spectacular display case filled with the amazing confections of their off-site chocalatier, Fritz Kripschildt. At ten dollars for a quarter pound, Fritz’s mind-boggling variety of subtle yet exciting chocolates is well worth the price. All these wonderful chocolates are also available in gift packages and sets, so you can share the beauty of Fritz’s creations with your friends and family.

Given the space’s cool and calm air, it’s amazing to consider that only a few months ago it was a dingy, dirty wreck of a storefront. Jon and Naomi completely renovated the space themselves, refurbishing the brick wall and salvaging the classic tin ceiling from under layers of plaster. Prior to its incarnation as the Chocolate Room, 86 Fifth Avenue had also been diner, a car shop, and a video store. Jon said that even though it hadn’t been a diner in many years, amazingly there were still grease stains on the walls that he had to remove. It is Jon’s hope that his business, along with a lot of the other new business entering the neighborhood, will end this cycle of constantly revolving stores and institutions. The Chocolate Room, Total Wine Bar, Surreal Café, and the countless other new businesses in the area hope to help build a sense of community and continuity in a section of Park Slope that has for too long been in a constant state of flux. In that spirit, Jon and Naomi report that the growing community of committed small-business owners on lower Fifth Avenue has been very supportive of their endeavor, offering help and guidance at every turn. The entrepreneurial couple is optimistic about the prospects of the neighborhood, convinced that the activity and prosperity of upper Fifth Avenue is already working its way north toward Flatbush. “That’s part of the thrill,” said Naomi, “diving into the unknown.” Whether you’re a young couple interested in seeing and tasting the chocolate handiwork of another young couple, or just a regular old chocolate freak, be sure to take a dive into the wonderful pleasures available at the Chocolate Room.

The Chocolate Room
86 Fifth Avenue
718 783 2900
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