Fancy French chocolate comes to the Lower East Side
We have a hard time resisting dessert, and, sure enough, Broome Street's new Christian Vautier confections boutique and café is the latest sweet spot to lead us into temptation.
The Lower East Side location is the first U.S. outpost for Vautier, the executive pastry chef at Le Grand Intercontinental hotel in Paris. His exquisite French candies, pastries and desserts are all carefully crafted in the shop's lower-level chocolate factory with his business partner, French Culinary Institute grad Aditi Malhotra. Above, lace-topped tables and a hodgepodge of thrift-store finds give chocolate lovers an adorable space to indulge in dessert with a cup of hot chocolate or an espresso from local Dallis Bros. Coffee.
Try the white-chocolate-ganache truffle, which is bursting with homemade raspberry preserves and coated in coconut, or the bark-like slabs of chocolate topped with hazelnuts, pistachios and cranberries. We can't get enough of house specialties like the chocolate mousse, pistachio macarons and profiteroles topped with caramel sauce, plus an adventurous chocolate bar filled with Sichuan-pepper ganache.
So much for that swimsuit diet.
Christian Vautier le Concept, 254 Broome St. (between Ludlow and Orchard sts.); 212-473-3200 or cvleconcept.com