I'm always happy to welcome a new chocolate spot, you can never have enough of those. I learned about L.A. Burdick from Dessertbuzz a while back and ventured over there today to give it a spin. They're definitely shooting for a high-end clientele. Question is - am I high-end?
They specialize in chocolate and according to the counterman, excel in hot chocolate. I was game - I got a mix of dark and milk chocolates and was happy to see it wasn't like the sludge you get in Paris. Other than that, it didn't knock my stockings off. The raspberry tart was damned good though - living up to its name with a sour kick that left an impression.
Lastly, the chocolate vermin. He was cute - no bigger than a mafia don's pinky ring. But at $2.75 he would need to be subway rat-sized to make it worth the price.
So, in the end, this is a classy, high-end place with prices to match. Tasty stuff, but too rich for my blood. My three purchases ended up costing almost $13. Those are Paris prices, kids - and that ain't a compliment.
5 E. 20th St