Cocoa V is an all vegan chocolate boutique and wine cafe. Let’s just stop for a second and think about that. An all vegan chocolate boutique and wine cafe. How did we get so lucky? This place is almost too good to be true. I know there’s a market for everything in New York, but still.
Cocoa V fits in with the other fancy stores and restaurants in the Chelsea area. The small shop and seating area have a European vibe, and the chocolate can be described with words like exquisite and sensual. We’re talking chocolate bon bons and caramels with unique flavours, decorative patters, interesting shapes and creamy textures. Not only is everything vegan, but they also use organic and fair trade ingredients.
Cocoa V was on our list of places to visit in New York but we actually came across it by accident. We hadn’t eaten dinner, and didn’t want to spoil it. We were left with a very small window for indulgence. After walking around the shop, incredibly slowly, and taking in all of the options, we eventually came to a decision and picked two chocolates to share. It wasn’t an easy choice, just take a look at some of the options…
We settled on a heart shaped vanilla caramel and a creamy peanut butter cup. The chocolates were removed from the display case by a staff member wearing white gloves, and placed on a small bamboo platter. I told you it was fancy. We wanted an excuse to stay awhile and savour not only the chocolate, but the beautiful shop, so we also ordered a chai tea.
The chocolates were fantastic. It’s no surprise really. They have the talented Patrick Coston, a man with a long history of culinary and dessert-making experience, working on these chocolate creations. Not only were they nice to look at, the chocolate was soft and creamy, and the insides were busting with flavourful fillings. The price point is high, $2.00 for caramels and $2.50 for bon bons. These are a special treat, with lots of love, creativity and quality ingredients put into them. The prices reflect this.
If only we’d dropped by at a more sensible time of day, I would have loved to try some items from the baked good’s counter, where cupcakes, cakes, cookies, biscotti, brownies and tarts were all waiting patiently to be enjoyed.
Of course, the list of chocolate options doesn’t end at truffles, bon bons or caramels, they also have chocolate pops, barks, clusters and bars to choose from.
Unless you have something against chocolate, I can’t imagine any vegan visiting New York and not wanting to stop in at Cocoa V.
174 Ninth Ave (20th & 21st)
New York, NY 10011