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cocoabar vs. Chocolate Room


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cocoabar vs. Chocolate Room

sweetpea | | Aug 29, 2005 12:21 PM

This weekend my boyfriend and I stopped in cocoabar, the new dessert place on 7th Ave. We're both huge fans of the Chocolate Room on 5th Ave, but this is much closer to our apartment. Sadly, we will be making the trip over to Fifth the next time we're craving something sweet.

I know cocoabar just opened, so I assumed there would be a few kinks to work out (service was spotty, a cappucino came with a wooden stir, and a handful of paper napkins and sugar packets a la Starbucks) but we were really disappointed with the entire experience. I really couldn't believe how small the actual dessert list was and skimpy the portions were compared to the beautiful desserts we've enjoyed at the Chocolate Room.

One plus is that they offer wine and chocolate pairings. The downside is that they were out of the chocolate dipped figs I ordered, and that the entire pairing comes with two pieces of chocolate--pretty skimpy for $12. My boyfriend ordered chocolates a la carte from the front case, and he had to go back inside to choose what he wanted and then tell the waitress because they didn't have a printed list.

Also, the space is HUGE. It's bigger than most restaurants in Park Slope, plus they have a large patio space out back. Nice, modern furniture inside, but the place doesn't seem to have a cohesive look throughout--the patio has a sort-of Southwestern vibe (?) with a few cactus and random terra cotta pots lying about.

Essentially, this place is a bar with a short dessert menu and a decent selection of fancy chocolates. True dessert lovers, head over to the Chocolate Room. The menu is incredible, the space is really cute, and the service is great.