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The new love boat in town takes you to these brooklyn “sweet” spots in time for Valentine’s Day

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February 9, 2018 Franny Civitano

To celebrate their 100th birthday (February 6th!), the Brooklyn Chamber is finding new and exciting ways to engage the borough. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, they released the Explore Brooklyn Chocolate Tasting Trail Map where most of the stops can be reached easily via NYC Ferry.

1. CHOCOLICIOUS (175 Division Ave., South Williamsburg) 

At Chocolicious, they “live and breathe” candy and chocolate. All these tasty treats are kosher and can be ordered online or in the store. Take NYC Ferry’s East River route to South Williamsburg, and walk 12 minutes inland.

2. CACAO MARKET BY MARIBELLE (67 Guernsey St., Greenpoint)

Give their Aztec Hot Chocolate a try while browsing their artisanal chocolates and fine designs. Take NYC Ferry’s East River route to Greenpoint and walk 12 minutes just outside of McCarren Park.

4. JACQUES TORRES (66 Water St., DUMBO)

With eight locations across New York, you’re steps away from the NYC Ferry stop in DUMBO (via the East River or South Brooklyn routes) at their only Brooklyn location. A European style chocolate shop, you can find everything from truffles to macaroons. (And! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can check out New York’s first ever chocolate museum at their SoHo location.)

5. CHOCOLATE WORKS (110 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights)

You’re not likely to recreate these chocolate delights made by hand from family recipes at Chocolate Works, but you can attend chocolate decorating workshops and host birthday parties at this unique shop located just minutes away from our South Brooklyn route Pier 6/Atlantic Ave stop.

7. RAAKA CHOCOLATE (64 Seabring St., Red Hook)

If you want to taste the absolute most “chocolate-y” chocolate taste you can, look no further than Raaka, where the unroasted chocolate is made, packaged, and distributed by their team in Red Hook. It’s just a few minutes from the South Brooklyn route’s Red Hook/Atlantic Basin stop.

8. CACAO PRIETO (218 Conover St., Red Hook)

We met up with the team from Cacao Prieto and Widow Jane Whiskey for a future #CommunityConnect piece to be published later this month. If you’re looking for beautifully packaged chocolate in adventurous flavors, Cacao Prieto must be on your list. Take NYC Ferry’s South Brooklyn stop to Red Hook (after visiting Raaka as well!)


While outside of the Explore Brooklyn’s purvue, you can extend your chocolate adventure along our other routes here:

SUGARCUBE (10-16 50th Ave., Long Island City)

We met owner Peter Zaharatos for one of our very first #CommunityConnect pieces to learn more about his 3-D printed chocolates. If you’re looking for a unique gift or treat, check out what’s happening in Long Island City. Take the East River route to Hunters Point South or the Astoria route to Long Island City.

MADELAINE CHOCOLATE COMPANY (9603 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway)

Looking for high-quality chocolate that won’t break the bank? Consider Madelaine Chocolate just steps away from our 96th Street East Shuttle Bus stop.

VENCHI (101 Liberty St., Downtown Manhattan)

The Silviano Venchi chocolate story dates back to 1878, learning as an assistant from the best Italian confectioner’s workshop. There are Venchi locations all over the world, from Italy to New York. Take the NYC Ferry on any route to Wall Street, and walk about 10 minutes across the island.

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