I'm glad that Jacques Torres opened up a store in Manhattan, if for no other reason than I can finally talky about it on this message board.
I am a big fan of JT's chocolate, but I've read two national reviews lately about the best chocolates to order and in both he ranked quite low.
The first was from Consumer Reports, and I'm sorry but I can't remember anything else about their ratings other than that JT scored somewhere in the middle of the pack.
The latest review is from Slate.com. They rate JT 2nd to last, better than See's, but worse than Purdy's, Richart, Gearharts, Leonidas, Godiva, Bernard Callebaut, Lindt, MarieBelle and La Maison du Chocolat (that's in ascending order with La Maison being their highest rated).
Now, I'm automatically suspicious because I'm a fan of the low-scoring Richart (even though I can't afford it), and dislike the higher-scoring Godiva and Lindt (actually, I disdain Lindt).
So, what gives? Is Jacques Torres really that bad? And more importantly, is La Maison du Chocolat (which I've yet to visit) really that good?