Nights of Wine and Chocolate

The new restaurant Coco Noche specializes in chocolate, wine, and tapas. So far, everyone who’s posted has gone straight for the chocolates, from Vosges and Michel Cluizel. They offer various tasting menus of wine and chocolate, and wine and caramel.

Chocolate tasting menus go something like this: pieces of dark chocolate with chile peppers and cinnamon, milk chocolate with almonds and fleur de sel, and a super-dark chocolate with bits of espresso beans, paired with Riesling, cream sherry, and zinfandel.

Chocolates are also available a la carte–Michel Cluizel truffles are rich, buttery, and nutty–everything a truffle should be, says Nicole. There are also regular desserts–marquis au chocolat (or something like that) is basically a flourless chocolate cake. It’s nothing new, but it’s still very good.

As for the tapas, the menu is mostly California-style sandwiches and appetizers, but the owners are Korean, and most people seemed to be getting plates of kalbi with rice, and seared tuna with salad.

The restaurant is small and kind of swanky, with a small bar and a few tables outside on the sidewalk. D

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