If you happen to find yourself on Broome Street the next time you visit NYC (as Christa and I did on our Big Apple adventure last month), a stop at Marie Belle New York is an absolute must. This delectable confectionary and tea boutique houses what may be the most toothsome and tantalizing candies east of the Mississippi. Upon entering the aromatic space, your senses will go into immediate overdrive. Combine the scent of chocolate, a delicate robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown color palette and an ambiance replete with stained glass, chandeliers and dark wood and you’ll have the sudden feeling that you have stepped straight into the pages of an Edith Wharton novel.
The highlight of the elegant shop is certainly the glass display case which houses the tiny edible works of art. Artisinally designed chocolates range from flavors such as champagne and Earl Gray Tea to Saffron and Cardamom, scrumptious choices all.
In addition to the myriad treats purveyed so prettily by Marie Belle, the shop boasts a quaint little tea salon where patrons can nosh on scones, finger sandwiches and other teatime delights.
Marie Belle New York, 484 Broome St., New York. Mariebelle.com.