La Maison du Chocolat's Opening Party

[I’m interrupting the dinner portion of my belated birthday post. Hopefully, it’ll be up early next week.]

Invitation Opening La Maison du Chocolat The invite…

Early last week I’ve received an invitation from La Maison du Chocolat. I thought “ZOMG!” If you haven’t known this by now, I love everything from LMDC, especially their chocolates, so it’s a reflex for me to RSVP. But I have to wonder, isn’t this considered bad timing to open a new luxurious boutique in this awful state of our economy? I wouldn’t know but I can’t say “no” a party.

After work, I’ve hauled my butt from work (with Helen in tow), get squished by commuters to take the downtown 6 and 4 train, respectively, to get to Wall Street.

Putting in the final touches Putting in the final touches

Sighing from relief and trying to get non-recycled air into our lungs, Helen and I walked down Wall Street to a short red-velvet rope that’s in front of the entrance. An employee checked off my name from the list and we’re allowed to enter, seeing several people putting in the final touches for this fête.

More bubbly passed  around
Bubbly passed around

As any party would start off, the mustard yellow-uniformed servers passed out silver trays of Champagne from Pommery and San Pelligrino sparkling water with slices of lemon or lime.

People Drinking it up It's packed like a subway car during rush hour
LOTS of people

The problem with this party is that it seems like they overextended their invitations that all of the party-goers are packed like it’s rush hour. No one can really move around in this small store and have to live with the little bumps and excuse mes. But I guess no one really cares about the latter since they’re all drinking it up and starting to eat food.

Puff filled with Gruyere fondue Pumpkin souffle with marscapone cheese and pisrachio Beef Carpaccio topped with celery and lemon zest Seared tuna with sesame topped with wasabi cream Potato puree with (a type of) cheese, caviar, and a lemon gelee Tray of proscuitto rolled with foie gras
Trays of FOOD (from top left, clockwise): puffs with Gruyere fondue, pumpkin soufflé with marscapone cheese, seared tuna with wasabi cream, prosciutto rolled with foie gras, potato purée with caviar, and beef carpaccio with Parmesan cheese crisp

Whomever LMDC hired as their catering company, did a pretty good job. All the hors d’ouerves were fancy and most were delicious. Helen and I really liked the seared tuna rolled in a sesame crust, topped with wasabi cream (classic pairing), puffs filled with Gruyere fondue topped with a walnut (liked warm, gooey cheese and its sharpness, as well as the earthiness of the walnut), prosciutto rolled with foie gras, filled with fig jam in the center was my favorite (saltiness of the prosciutto and foie gras, the sexy, creamy texture of the foie and the fig jam brought in some sweetness).

The ones that were good but not as great were the beef carpaccio with Parmesan crisp (good beef but nothing stood out in my mind) and pumpkin soufflé with marscapone cheese topped with pistachio (good but it wasn’t pumpkin-y enough).

The least liked was the potato purée with a type of cheese (I forgot which one) topped with caviar. The flavors were flat, meaning that I tasted the saltiness of the cheese and caviar for half a second and then I tasted heavy potato that was bland. Meh.

Puff with Gruyere fondue and walnut Prosciutto rolled with foie gras Seared tuna with a sesame crust, topped with wasabi cream My spoon of potato puree with (a type of) cheese, caviar, and a lemon gelee Beef carpaccio with Parmesan crisp Pumpkin souffle with marscapone cheese and pistachio
Just in case you needed more food porn

A basketfull of macarons! Christmas edition chocolates A tray full of cups filled with Champagne and halved Salvador chocolates Spicy chocolate sampling station
And there’s sweets…

And there’s more… Obviously, La Maison du Chocolat can’t have a party without sampling out their famous chocolates and macarons, along with a few interesting concoctions. There’s a warm, spicy chocolate ganache (practically the consistency of their hot chocolate) topping off a mix of nuts; I thought it was good but I’m not too fond of the chocolate and chile combination. The one I do like more was a half shot glass of Pommery Champagne with a halved Salvador chocolate (the raspberry ganache covered in dark chocolate couverture) – the Champagne tasted like raspberries and vice versa; a flavor combination I like.

Blackberry macaron innards Blackberry macaron innards

The macarons were obviously delicious. They served all of their flavors – chocolate, raspberry, caramel, and coffee – but the one I’ve never encountered before was the blackberry macaron. It has all the characteristics of a good macaron (thin, crisp outer shell meets fluffy, moist crumb, both filling and cookie taste like what it’s supposed to taste like naturally), the blackberry flavor was sharp and not too sweet. Why haven’t I eat this before?

People out the door They’re longing to be inside

The party was fun. Good food, good alcohol (if you like your Champagne) and rubbing the wealthy’s elbows, literally. After an hour and forty minutes of partying, the LMDC employees wanted to kick us all of us out because there’s others waiting outside the door.

As a parting gift, they gave each of us a small, 12-piece box of LMDC chocolates. Awesome.

A box of chocs to take home LMDC chocolates, woot.

La Maison du Chocolat

63 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005 (map)


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.

  1. Carol says:

    delightful post on le maison du chocolat! you are so very lucky to snag an invite. the last one i have been to was pierre herme’s new boutique in paris back in september. as always, enyoyed your post and lovely pics….. will be visiting the new LMDC soon for those macarons!!

  2. misstiffie says:

    OMG!!!!! I must must go!!! :D Don’t forget to do a review of their chocolates if they’re the variety kind :D

  3. thewanderingeater says:

    Carol: Thanks! I feel fortunate to get an invite.

    You’ve been to PH’s party?! ENVY! I want to go to PH’s boutique. [sobs]

    You should try LMDC’s macarons but PH’s always the best in my book (actually, my palate and stomach).

    misstiffie: The chocolates are the usual but very delicious things; nothing really new if you’ve eaten them before.

    It ain’t cheap to buy them, that’s for sure. I’ve bought one to many over the years of consumption. :p

  4. dbdtron says:

    Holllllyy crappppp!!! I’ve been wanting to hit up LMDC since you’ve been writing about them–this is very close to work, and now… VERY DANGEROUS! (In a good way….!)


  5. thewanderingeater says:

    dbtron: HAHAHAHA!! :D
    It’s definitely dangerous! If you “happen” to stroll by there, get yourself some macarons and chocolates. Or warm yourself to their luxurious (it’s a double-entendre) hot chocolate.

    You’re welcome!

  6. FN says:

    Great news – we now have one in NYC! I just spent two and half weeks in Paris and went in and out of the various MDC stores there. I thought I was going to have to wait for a return trip to Paris…

    Why Wall St, though?

  7. thewanderingeater says:

    FN: I guess you never really ventured in NYC that often for LMDC? They already have two locations opened for several years in Rockefeller Center and one in the Upper East Side on Madison Ave.

  8. thewanderingeater says:

    Jessica: Um…whip out my camera, crank up the ISO speed (with a macro lens on) and shoot away?

    Also, hi! I didn’t know you went!

  9. thewanderingeater says:

    Jessica: Trust me, I’ve experienced the same as you have. I’m just thankful that people are willing to part for the servers that it’s a photo-op moment(s).

  10. Niko says:

    Great Photos and coverage… damn why wasn’t I invited to this gig? Anyway, I am throwing a link up to your site now.

    Keep up the great work!

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