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Cocoa V

Food: 4.334.33
Atmosphere: 4.434.43
Service: 4.384.38

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174 9th Avenue
New York   NY 10011
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Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

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Hours:

Mon: 1-8pm; Tues-Thurs 11am-9pm; Fri & Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: 12-8pm.

Delivery notes:

Cocoa V delivered.

Notes:

Half chocolate shop, half café, from the owners of Blossom and Blossom Uptown.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on February 9, 2012.

Shared Memories of Cocoa V

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.334.33
Atmosphere: 4.434.43
Service: 4.384.38
  • Review by martha on June 25, 2011:

  • I went to Cocoa V last night, the day before my Groupon expired. Well, it looked like the rest of NYC was there too. There was a line going well out the door and the place was packed. By the time I got inside all of the chocolate bars were GONE. As I shed a tear, I looked to my left and saw a ton of cupcakes so I stocked up on those and piece of chocolate cake. I must say that they are the best cupcakes I've ever tasted and the chocolate is insanely delicious. This place seriously puts Baby Cakes to shame. So next time you go to Cocoa V, if they are out of bars or whatever it is you fancy most, as long as they've got the cake and cupcakes in stock you are more than good to go!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by SamanthaV on May 13, 2011:

  • Man has Cocoa V stepped up their game! I've always been a fan but I was there last night and that place was kickin ass! They added a line of signature bars like pistachio cherry and salted chocolate -- and well, what can I say about that butterfinger bar? It's seriously out of this world. They have hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever tasted. It was a perfect evening. Chocolate, wine, great music and service. Thanks so much Cocoa V!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by champurrado on February 1, 2011:

  • Oh my gosh Cocoa V, why are you trying to break my heart?
    I used to think of it as a magical place with beautiful and unique ambiance that I loved to take people, but that place doesn't really exist anymore. First, they cut the restaurant down to less than half the size so that it's only one small area that's not much fun to sit/relax in. Second, and this is a biggie, there's NO bathroom! Ex-squeeze me, a wine bar with no restroom? They told me that the closest one was in Chelsea Market (4 1/2 blocks away!), which I could not believe, but it seems true. I went walking to find one and after 2 blocks desperately begged a Thai place to let me use theirs, which they did only after giving me the evil eye and making me buy a bottle of water. Third, they no longer take credit cards, which is just crazy for the kind of money you're likely going to be spending there. The closest ATM is a block and half away, so I had to make another detour there after I returned from the bathroom detour. Basically, I went to have an enjoyable and relaxing time but they made me really work for it. If you're planning to go, make sure you have a full wallet and an empty bladder or you may end up bitter. Finally, the quiche and other savory stuff are gone, so it's just chocolates and cake. Of course I can't bring myself to truly hate the place, but now I'll only go there for take-out chocolate, not to hang out and drink/chat with friends.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by stevenreichert on June 3, 2010:

  • I highly recommend this cute chocolate boutique. I had the chocolate cake, and let me tell you this is one of the top chocolate experiences I've ever had, even better than the raw chololate cake at Pure Food and Wine. It is worth traveling a long way to experience the complex, rich flavor. Chocolate can be no more satisfling than this. It makes life worth living. And this cake shows that vegan baking has reached world-class status.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Paul on May 30, 2010:

  • Great place! Went for the first time a few days ago and I'm really sorry it took me so long to get there. The bons bons are amazing -- all of them. And seriously, the cupcakes are unstoppable. Best I've ever tasted vegan or non.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by madonna816 on May 18, 2010:

  • Visiting the city for AIDS Walk New York, I wanted to hit a mess of vegan eateries. After eating at Cafe Blossom, I slowly made my way to Cocoa V. It was pretty late (evening, wine tasting crowd was there, on the dining side, which I was unaware of... I'd just noticed that people were being served in another room). After ordering a chocolate chip cookie and an iced coffee, with a promise to order more things for the road (my beloved, back in NH, was expecting me to bring home goodies from my trip), I inquired as to whether or not there was a difference between the back room & the tiny retail side that had a total of two tables (one of which was occupied & one that was raised up an ungodly height off the ground). My server said there was no difference so I said I'd eat in there (the dining side), to which he quickly eyeballed me, in my jeans & t-shirt (I was there specifically for the walk & packed as lightly as possible) & then he stammered a bit as he said "or you could just eat out here." That was a "subtle" hint that I didn't quite fit in & would I please not be seen in the other room. Normally, I would have preferred the retail side...I knew I wasn't dressed for the occasion, plus I was alone, but there was a woman sitting at the normal table, and since I have a poorly replaced hip, I had no intention of asking for a step ladder to sit at the vacant table. Being the case, I PROUDLY marched into the candlelit room, and began working on my Blackberry & munching on my cc cookie. Which brings me to the food. The cookie was moist...yay! However, it was not all that special. In fact, my sweets addicted wife, after 1 bite, didn't even want the one that I brought home for her. I also bought 10 different chocolates (I enjoyed mine quite a bit), a PB cookie (for me, as they are my favorite) & a chocolate chip blondie. The PB cookie was up there with some of THE Worst PB cookies that I've ever eaten. Dry, crumbly, bland, and not very peanut buttery. The blodie, that my wife didn't care for & wouldn't eat, was on the stale side, and definitely nothing to write home about. Overall, the place is ok if you're in the mood for chocolates (and pretentiousness) & you're already in the area, but I wouldn't make a special trip there. Certainly not the vegan goodies that I'd hoped for.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by charlotte on May 7, 2010:

  • We went to Cocoa V for the first time last night. They were supporting Farm Sanctuary all day by donating 15% of your bill to the farm. It was AMAZING! First of all, what a beautiful place it is. We were so impressed. We each had a glass of Malbec which went perfectly with the nut cheese plate AND the chocolates. We even took a bunch of stuff home. What a gem, I'll be going all the time.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by djembe on May 4, 2010:

  • These reviews are so great that I'll have to check this place out!
  • Review by DaveNYC on April 17, 2010:

  • This is some of the best chocolate I have ever tasted, and yes, I am a chocolate connoisseur! We made our own chocolate plate and chose a bunch of different bon bons and bark, ALL of which were amazing. Paired it with a really nice Malbec they have. It was perfect. Took a piece of chocolate cake and a few of their "designer cupcakes" to go. WOW! This is a perfect date place. Romantic & candlelit.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by bigolgirl on April 16, 2010:

  • Dayumn!!!!! I haven't had chocolate like this since I went vegan, but hell yes!! My girl and I split the chocolate cake and some bon bons, and I literally had an orgasm in my mouth! Not afraid of overdoing it, I washed everything down with an iced chocolate. The service was great, the boys who work there are fine, but I think my waiter was gay. The tall wavy haired guy though... dayumn!!!!! He made me all tingly down south, I thought I was going to have to call a plumber to fix the flood in my basement!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Stella on March 13, 2010:

  • I love this place! I can't even count the number of times I've been there. They've started to serve "real food" along with their chocolate and dessert menu. I had the "whimsical" quiche of the day which was spinach & onion, YUM, and my friend had the chickpea 'tuna' melt. Topped it off with two shakes, the Butterfinger which is crazy good and the Almond Joy! Thanks once again Cocoa V for being so different!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by lucifly on March 9, 2010:

  • delectable little chocolates. hottie that worked there.. is he gay!?
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by lucifly on March 9, 2010:

  • delectable little chocolates. hottie that worked there.. is he gay!?
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by Rosepetals on February 12, 2010:

  • Oh my God!! This place is like heaven for a vegan or non vegan. What an amazing and beautiful selection of chocolates they have. They even make their own version of a milk chocolate truffle and they have what they call a "Yes Please" candy bar that tastes like milk chocolate as well.

    I bought some items from the boutique (almond cream bon bon, salted caramel bon bon, mint pate (crazy delicious), the pretzel clusters and almond toffee. Again, Oh My God! Everything was great! I also dined in their cozy cafe with my friends. We shared everything on the menu. The vegan cheese plate, (which went great with the red wine) nutella bread basket and the quiche (vegan quiche that tastes like real quiche -- oh yeah!!) We were seriously all blown away. THEN, we had some of their desserts. I have never had a better chocolate cake in my life. The fondue was so rich and sexy I wanted to pour it all over my body. I'm ashamed to say that we tried some of the cookies too. Snickerdoodles and chocolate chip cookies. Seriously, some of the best vegan baked stuff I have tasted EVER.

    You can hang in this place too. Nobody is rushing you out. Not a bad night out to say the least!

    Get your butts to Cocoa V FAST!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by fiercefemme on December 21, 2009:

  • I went here with a friend yesterday and we both loved it! Our waiter was super-friendly and attentive. The nut cheese plate was divine - a definite stand-out. We also ordered a shared chocolate plate, and weren't able to finish it because the chocolates were so rich. The chocolates are definitely for true dark chocolate fans - you can tell they have a high cacao content because they aren't overly sweet. My favorite chocolates were the ones with the fruit fillings - they sweetness of these flavors off-set the bitterness of the chocolate nicely. I definitely plan to return!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by rachaelrayforever on December 21, 2009:

  • geeze,i really hate hating this place,but i really thought i was gonna love it,and definitely don't.
    i went to blossom for the first time on my birthday(december 5)and walked after to cocoa v.they had a ton of chocolates and everything was pretty crazy flavours.i got the 'smooth peanut butter' which tasted like baker's chocolate,really not sweet.i got a 'vegan honey and banana chip' to go and it tasted like gross banana syrup that you use for flavouring icees and margaritas.way too cloyingly sweet and just nasty.but i had hope,so i went back.and i had a vanilla caramel,and the caramel inside was totally unimpressive-like thickened agave nectar.in taste and colour,like so toothsome,golden honey toned,chewy caramel,just this.and the signature cocoa v trufffle had way too much cocoa powder on it,making it too hard to taste the actual truffle.yeah,in theory an all vegan fancy chocolate shoppe is awesome,but the chocolates have to actually be good.i mean c'mon,this is 2009!
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by Jason on December 16, 2009:

  • The chocolate was AMAZING!!! (I got the Shared Plate, which had almost everything on it.)

    The cheese plate was really great, but they should have given more crackers or a basket of bread. There was twice as much cheese as there were crackers (which left me baffled because that didn't seem thought through).

    They only had one wine available when I stopped by, but it was very good wine.

    The employees are really friendly and can answer any and all questions you may have, which is always a plus.

    And finally, the space is really beautifully done--slate floors, old mirrors and clocks on the exposed brick wall, beautiful blue wallpaper on the other walls, candles... I highly recommend it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on December 16, 2009:

  • TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED with my visit to Cocoa V. Showed up on a Saturday at 10:15am b/c the website says they open at 10:00. I waited around until 10:45 & then gave up. Went back on a weeknight and was immediately impressed by the assortment of vegan chocolates offered in the shop. But my excitement was short-lived, as I was just as instantly disgusted by the atmosphere: our presence was not so much as acknowledged. We were completely ignored by the eight or so people working- including the owner. No one even bothered to say hello and after waiting and trying to catch someone's eye we had to ask to be seated in the otherwise empty cafe.

    They didn't have any of the cakes listed on the menu, or the crepes and nutella tauted on the website. Only one type of wine was offered. I'm not personally into wine, but I assumed that a chocolate and WINE bar would offer a selection of choices.

    We then sat in the desolate cafe whilst the owner and another worker stood nearby having a conversation about how dim the lights should be. Hello!? Howzabout acknowledging your customers rather than discussing the ambiance you're currently ruining by rudely chit-chatting nearby?

    The chocolate chip cookie was good (but I can grab the same one at Cafe Blossom), the brownie was a delicious cake/brownie hybrid, and the hot chocolate was thick and chocolately, but overall too rich even for this chocoholic. The place settings consisted of miniature chocolate stages, but instead of removing them when we didn't order chocolates, the waiter left them there and oddly placed our actual desserts on the end of the table opposite us- leaving us to rearrange things ourselves so that our actual eats were in front of us: not cool.

    Overall:
    The food offerings were misrepresented both by the menu and the website.
    The physical atmosphere was decent: shop & cafe were both pretty enough, but I consider attitude to be part of it and it was abysmal.
    The service was not on par with the upscale environment Cocoa V is trying to convey. A vegan chocolatier shouldn't be alientating anyone by neglecting to greet and/or bid them good night.

    TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by ksem on December 13, 2009:

  • I went to Cocoa V with my partner and ordered the cremini mushroom vegan "pizza" and the cheese plate. We each had a glass of the red wine they offer. Sadly, we didn't have any chocolates this time.

    The cremini mushroom "pizza" was very, very delicious but it was not filling at all, and there was really nothing "pizza"like about it. It was still worth the money, just be aware of what it is you're getting.

    The cheese plate also had very tiny portions (and not enough crackers for the cheese pieces they gave) but everything about it was decadent, elegant and really flavorful. The vegan honey was perfect.

    The wine pairing they offer was also perfect(I don't know much about wine but) it was subtle but had deep flavor and no bite.

    The decor is gorgeous (romantic but not overly so, still comfortable) and the service is excellent.

    It was such a nice experience and really adds something to the variety of dining options we vegans have in the city.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by megatofu on December 12, 2009:

  • I walked over to the chocolate shop side of Cocoa V today and found myself in vegan chocolate nirvana. I sampled the signature truffle and took a box of 12 pieces away with me. I also had a spiced hot cocoa with marshmallows (all vegan!). Everything was outstanding and the service was great. This is a great place to pick up beautifully handcrafted chocolates that everyone will love - vegan and non-vegan alike. The flavor combinations are creative and smart and I'll be checking the cafe side out soon.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegandb on December 3, 2009:

  • Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of sampling a wide variety of Cocoa's V offerings.

    Before I even sat down to eat, I was greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable veg*n staff and took in the beautiful space that includes exposed brick walls and beautiful hardwood floors. The café side was elegant and romantic, but not over the top.

    My guests and I ordered the shared chocolate plate (which included cranberry-orange bark, granola bark, caramel vanilla, passion fruit, rasberry ganache, goji-maple-vegan bacon, banana caramel, peanut cluster, and the edamame cluster) and the Dr Cow's cheese plate. The chocolates were rich and creamy and tasted like real, high-end chocolate made from actual cocoa beans instead of the junk people buy wrapped in stores. The caramel was particularly impressive and the distinct flavors of the edamame cluster (cayenne and lime) made for a treat. Not usually appreciating banana except in its original form, my guests and I were pleasantly surprised at the subtlety and natural flavors of this particular piece.
    The cheese plate was also wonderful. It's certainly hard to go wrong with a plate of Dr. Cow's cheese, but Cocoa V adds their own touch with fresh strawberry and vegan honey (a mixture of agave nectar and brown rice syrup that my non-vegan guests agreed was hard to distinguish in taste or texture from the real thing).

    To accompany the divine chocolate and cheese, I had one of the best (and most generous) glasses of Malbec wine I can remember and my guest had the chai latté, which she couldn't finish but insisted on taking home so as not to waste a single drop.

    Overall, the experience couldn't have been better. Cocoa V is a vegan's Godiva and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by debya on December 2, 2009:

  • When you know next to nothing about wine, it's a treat to be able to visit a wine/chocolate bar and not worry about whether the wine you're selecting is vegan friendly. And, not any less important is the freedom to try super rich truffles dusted in cocoa powder (e.g., the Cocoa V truffle) and non-traditional chocolates such as a spicy edamame cluster without having to ask "Is this exquisite bite of heaven vegan?" And, a vegan cheese plate with vegan honey and strawberries? Break out the credit card!

    Every bite and sip was good. Very good. My dining partner and I shared a plate of five chocolates: raspberry (super juicy), cranberry-orange bark (a generous piece), peanut butter (not too sweet), and the aforementioned Cocoa V truffle and spicy edamame cluster. We also split a cheese plate that consisted of three slices of three Dr. Cow's cheeses (aged cashew, macadamia and the cashew/algae, I believe).

    The wines were super smooth. They had two on the menu tonight: a pino noir and a malbec, I believe. (Again, the disclaimer: I live for beer and my wine knowledge is super limited. I hear it comes in red and white, and pink, if you're lucky. I typically drink cheap reds that I know are vegan, e.g., Yellow Tail.)

    Cocoa V is not cheap. But, it isn't prohibitively expensive either. You can drop in to the chocolate shop side and buy a single truffle for a few dollars when you're not loaded with the cash to enjoy a plate of chocolate in the sit down half. (The chocolate plate we shared was $13 + the cost of an additional truffle we added. The cheese plate was $16.)

    It's a spot that you can hit with your friends or a date. The lights aren't dim enough to firmly place it in the romantic category, which is very much appreciated.

    (Items that are of interest that I didn't get to sample: mousse cake, pumpkin seed brittle, early grey tea truffle, tea sandwiches.)
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55

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