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CHELSEA—Over on Ninth Avenue between 20th and 21st, there's a brand-new chocolate shop called Cocoa V. Our sister site Eater passed on this note from a tipster: "I sampled some of the house truffles, which were excellent. I have to go back to try some of the more intriguing flavors I saw, such as a cranberry and sesame chocolate bark, and an edamame nut cluster. The space is split into two rooms. The first has a chocolate counter and a couple of tables. The second room is a cozy cafe with a fireplace that serves wine and coffee and has a menu of chocolates and cheese plates. Sorry for the craptastic phone pics!" Forget the pics—we just wish this had come with some samples. [Eater Inbox]
MIDTOWN—Meanwhile, the "high priest of French chocolate couture" is opening a chocolate shop in an Empire State Building closet. The store's name, La Maison du Chocolat, seems ironic for a 463-square-foot storage space, but it's going to feel more like une maison than un closet by the time owner Robert Linxe gets through with it. He plans to dress it up and sell things like Champagne cognac-infused truffles for over $100. [NYO]