I’ve been thinking about coming to Maribelle for some time. I’d been there once before. It was months ago, one early evening in the darkening winter after work. There was a harsh chill in the air, and I was on a quest for fine chocolate after going through a search on my iPhone. Now, it’s a much warmer day, with the Sun shining and the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city in full force. My quest for some fine chocolate has returned.
A creaking sound greeted me as I pushed open the old wooden door and entered the Victorian style interior with its ornate furnishings and elaborate colors, followed by soft Baroque background music beckoned me further into the store. Familiar sights, sounds and aromas were flooding my senses.
Delicate ribbon-tied gift boxes of chocolate in blue color were displayed on rustic old, round tables. On the right, pictures of 1960’s pin up models adorned the covers of rectangular chocolate bars from Caramelized Almond Bark, Dark Ecuadorian, green tea chocolates to truffles. On the left were chocolates shaped like square tiles about an inch in size painted with artistic graphics displayed neatly inside a jewelry store-like showcase counter.
As I walked on the wooden floor deeper into the store, I found a Parisian decorated cafe boutique so timeless that you could spend the entire day there. The cafe serves a list of chocolate beverages such as Artec, Maya, Panela, Spicy and a variety of desserts including a few non chocolate items such as creme brûlée, cheese cake and macarons.
I ordered Artec hot chocolate and a white chocolate smoothie. Artec was extremely rich chocolate beverage that would be perfect antidote for the bitter cold in New York. On the other hand, the white chocolate smoothie was so smooth and milky flavorful that it would feel very comfortable for a hot summery day.
I would definitely call this place a piece of chocolate heaven in New York City.