13 ways to revel in chocolate on Long Island.
Chocolate Fudge Flower Cake at Buttercooky Bakery
Buttercooky Bakery in Floral Park sells about a dozen chocolate cakes, but we're partial to the Chocolate Fudge Flower Cake (7-inch cake, $18.95), a classic confection whose focus is the rich, moist chocolate cake layers separated by dark, not-too-sweet chocolate pudding. The whole thing is frosted with fudge, then decorated with colorful flowers.
Chocolate Gelato at Leonetti Pastry Shop
Gelato is ice cream in Italian, creamier, denser, silkier, milkier, and more intense upfront. Gelato's popularity has risen dramatically on Long Island. Among the standout chocolate gelati here is one made at a bakery, Leonetti Pastry Shop in Greenvale. Gelati are made year-round at the shop. A two-scoop serving is $4.25.
Mexican hot chocolate at Tocolo Cantina
There are countless versions of hot chocolate. A distinctive and very satisfying one is served at Tocolo Cantina in Garden City. The Mexican hot chocolate gives the heat another dimension with the inclusion of three types of chilies. The result is just spicy enough, creamy and fine. A cup is $5.
Chocolate 'Tower' cake at The Butcher’s Bar & Grill
This is a high-rise chocolate layer cake, dense and moist and delicious, which heads the sweets at The Butcher's Bar & Grill in Williston Park. It's 20 stories and will take two appetites to consume after downing one of the restaurant's signature steaks. A slice, or more accurately, a wedge, is $14.
Chocolate truffles at Fiorello Dolce
Belgian chocolate, Grand Marnier, heavy cream and cocoa powder come together to ultrarich, utterly addictive effect in the chocolate truffles made at Fiorello Dolce in Huntington. They're $1 for two; $16 for a box of 18. Eat one at a time and keep the stash refrigerated.
Torta Caprese at Rosso Uptown
Torta caprese may have been the original flourless chocolate cake. Named for the Italian island of Capri, where it originated, it is made with almonds, chocolate, sugar, butter and eggs, and is decadent and refined in equal measure. Michele Tizzano, also from Capri, is the co-owner of Port Washington's Rosso Uptown and the torta caprese he serves ($7.95) is made from his mother's recipe.
Chocolate chip pecan cookies
You wouldn't expect such a theatrical venue as Grand Lux Café to excel with that homiest of chocolate treats, chocolate-chip cookies -- but it does. Order a box (12 cookies for $7.95) with your entree, and they will be baked to order and delivered to your table all warm, buttery and butterscotchy with a perfect balance of nuts and chocolate.
Chocolate soufflé at Stresa
A delicate, airy and elegant soufflé seems as French as the Eiffel Tower. On Long Island, the best unquestionably is found in an Italian restaurant: Stresa in Manhasset. It's made with semisweet chocolate and finished with crème anglaise flavored with Grand Marnier, plus freshly whipped cream. The soufflé for one is $9.
Chocolate parfait at The North Fork Table & Inn
The classic chocolate caramel tart at The North Fork Table & Inn in Southold currently gives way to a chocolate parfait. The lush construct is composed of milk chocolate pudding, dark chocolate mousse, spicy chocolate ganache, caramel whipped cream and chocolate crumble. The multichocolate creation is $12.
Old-fashioned chocolates at Schwartz Candies
The resolutely old-school Schwartz Candies in Carle Place has no use for single-origin chocolate or whacked-out flavor combinations. Its large selection of classic chocolate confections includes a few that are practically extinct, such as parlays, whose nougat centers are wrapped in caramel and studded with pecans, and molasses sponge, nubbins of honeycombed bittersweetness. Both candies come enrobed in either milk or dark chocolate and cost $29.50 a pound.
Hot fudge sundae at Itgen's Ice Cream Parlour
Walt Itgen's Ice Cream Parlour in Valley Stream serves Long Island's best hot fudge. It's deep, dark and not too sweet, and, as is proper for hot fudge, it solidifies upon contact with ice cream. Purists will get this sundae with vanilla ice cream; chocoholics choose chocolate. No matter the flavor, wet nuts (walnuts in syrup) are a fitting adornment ($6.95).
Chocolate cream pie at Mara's Homemade
A delectably dark chocolate mousse is the essential part of the pie, which is finished with an Oreo cookie crust and a dollop of fresh whipped cream at Mara's Homemade in Syosset. A slice goes for $9; a whole pie, $40. After tasting it for dessert, you'll be sure to order the whole pie.
Handmade chocolates at North Fork Chocolate Company
North Fork Chocolate Company's confectioner-in-chief Steve Amaral makes exquisite truffles and bonbons filled, whenever possible, with local ingredients: toffee made with goat's milk from Goodale Farms (a mile down the road), salted caramels with North Fork Sea Salt (Southold), ginger caramels made with organic ginger grown by MarGene Farms (Mattituck). Chocolates are sold by the piece at the Aquebogue shop, four for $7, a small box (16 pieces) for $27; large (24 pieces) for $49.