Manhattan – West Village
19 Eighth Ave (bet. Jane and W. 12th Sts.)
Manhattan, NY 10014
New York's proliferation of chocolate shops has created a host of more discerning customers. Alison Nelson's Chocolate Bar caters to those tastes, featuring high-quality chocolates and caramels as well as candy bars with graffiti wrappers. Mod displays and packaging set it apart from more staid chocolatiers. It's not just a buy-and-run establishment; there are a few seats where you can relax over coffee and tuck into your sweets immediately. If the chocolates are meant for another, they can be supplemented with chocolate-themed gifts and charming boxes of tea.