Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Where To Buy Chocolates In NYC

[Photographs: Robyn Lee]

Chocolate can be such a guilty default gift. We've all been there—staring blankly at the grocery store candy aisle on the eve of that special occasion, eventually settling on the chocolate box that has nice enough packaging to temporarily mask its dismal quality.

Luckily, there are better options in New York. We've put together a list of some exceptionally crafted chocolates that won't ever find themselves stashed away in a pantry, uneaten and forgotten. From well-executed classics for the purists to more unusual flavor combinations for adventurous chocolate lovers, any one of these sweets would make a deliciously thoughtful gift. This year, if you're going to gift chocolate, do it right.

Click through the slideshow above to see all our choices.

The Shops

Kee's Chocolates: 80 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); multiple locations; 212 334-3284;

Vosges Haut Chocolat: 132 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); multiple locations; 888-301-9866;

Maison du Chocolat: 30 Rockefeller Center New York, NY 10020 (map); multiple locations; 718-361-9161;

Nunu:529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (map); 917-776-7102;

Neuhaus: 569 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (map); multiple locations;

Jacques Torres Chocolate: 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map); multiple locations; (718) 875-1269;