I always brag to my friends about living in the best city in the US, hence I've always thought that I can indulge myself with some the best chocolate from Europe here. Having said that, I have voluntarily walk to almost every chocolatier found in every corner of Manhattan (and Brooklyn actually).
To name a few, I've been to Godiva, Richart, Fauchon, Leonidas, La Maison du Chocolat, Teuscher, Perugina, Lyndt, Neuhaus, a couple more around Soho and Nolita area, even Jacques Torres outside Manhattan.
I personally love Teuscher the most and some of the selection at La Maison, but according to many European friends, especially those Frenchmen and Switzerland natives, there is nothing in New York City that even close as the chocolate made by the great chocolatiers in Europe, particularly in Switzerland and Belgium.
I wonder if this a true statement based on fact or just a overstatement by those sometimes over-pompous Europeans ?
Can someone who are more expert in this topic reccomend me a Chocolatier that I have not been to or a particular chocolate products that can compete or at least on par with some of these claimed to be the best European chocolatiers only found in Europe ?