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Must-See DUMBO: 10 Great Things to See and Do

by Ben Detrick, 01/01/2010

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  • Jacques Torres Chocolate
    66 Water St., 718-875-9772
    Gleason's Gym, a boxing landmark, is not the only place where "the sweet science" is practiced in DUMBO. Founded in 2000 by famed pastry maker Jacques Torres—formerly of Le Cirque and author of A Year in Chocolate and Dessert Circus—Jacques Torres Chocolate is a paean to the dusky, rich and wondrous cocoa bean. It could be said, in fact, that with its shiny tin ceiling, festive bunting and large glass windows, the shop looks a bit like a candy box itself. Here you'll find boxes of shortbread cookies and piles of cellophane sachets of chocolate-drizzled caramel corn alongside every imaginable chocolate-dipped treat: pretzels, coffee beans, macadamia nuts, cherries, even incredibly addictive chocolate-covered Cheerios. Through a window inside the store, watch candy makers place homemade chocolates on a conveyor belt that routes them to the counter, where individual pieces are sold for $1.50, a dozen for $18, 25 for $33 and 50 for $55. The Creamy Raspberry is a traditional morsel; the Wicked Fun looks like a tile from a delicious board game; and Bark is a rough-hewn shank of chocolate with almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts. Cookies, brownies and croissants are also available, as are weekend specialties like bomboloni—sugar-dusted doughnut holes that are, amazingly enough, chocolate free.

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