When I visited Chelsea's sweetest new boutique, Cocoa V, I was blown away by the craftsmanship and visual appeal of the brightly spattered and patterned confections filling the glass cases and the artistry of the decadent pastries piled on the cake stands. I was even more impressed when I discovered that everything is 100% organic, vegan, and fair-trade.

The space itself is quite versatile; a long wall divides a candlelit dining area and a vibrant storefront - making it ideal for lunch, dinner, a social gathering or a romantic date.

Everything is made on premises in a small kitchen by Chocolatier Patrick Coston, who offers a complete line of bonbons, truffles, bark, bars and baked goods. Special treats like their signature vegan "milk" chocolate truffles, almond toffee, and chocolate covered caramel popcorn are impossible to resist. The vegan cashew-cheese plates and savory tea sandwiches like the chickpea melt and a delicious, umami vegan quiche are a great way to balance the sweets.  Cocoa V has a carefully edited selection of wine and beer, and offers an already-infamous hot cocoa, fresh juices, and smooth Stumptown coffee. They even make handmade holiday treats like chocolate Easter rabbits and eggs  (see bottom of page). Being able to indulge in a plate of dark chocolates and cashew cheese has always been a fantasy of mine (I dream big) and now I get to have it!

Go be a kid in a candy store again, and when you visit, make sure to mention that you read about it on The Discerning Brute, and get 10% off ! Not in NYC? Don't worry, you can shop online!