Slideshow: L.A. Burdick: Manhattan Gets a Superior Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Mousse Cake
Chocolate Mousse Cake
A rich chocolate cake layered with just a touch of lingonberry jam, topped by chocolate mousse. The man makes a mean chocolate mousse.
Burdick
Burdick
What's in the namesake Burdick? Alternating layers of baked almond meringue and chocolate rum ganache topped with white chocolate and pistachio. Thankfully, the rum didn't overwhelm everything else.
Chocolate Supreme
Chocolate Supreme
A disk of chocolate ganache on a vanilla shortbread round topped with a chocolate orange tuile.
Harvard Square
Harvard Square
Essentially a dense, fudgy walnut brownie square topped with (what else) dark chocolate ganache.
Linzer Torte
Linzer Torte
Hardly exemplary. The raspberry jam is fruity and properly sweet and tart, but the hazelnut and almond cookie dough flavored with cinammon and clove, and it's too heavy.
Chocolate Coconut Cake
Chocolate Coconut Cake
An unusual cake, surprisingly light and delightfully crunchy. It has layers of coconut meringue, chocolate cake mixed with shredded coconut, and lime butter cream. The exterior is big flakes of toasted coconut. Who doesn't love something crunchy and chocolaty.
In the morning
In the morning
Fresh squeezed orange juice and lemonade to go along with not quite flaky enough pain au chocolate and croissants.
Macarons
Macarons
My three member macaron police force declared these too much cookie and not enough filling, though the flavors were clean and not too sweet.
The flavors
The flavors
Coffee, pumpkin, raspberry, cinammon, citrus almond, pistachio, and chocolate. The chocolate macaron has a ganache filling. All the others are filled with buttercream.
Burdick's Birthday Cake
Burdick's Birthday Cake
This must be what Larry serves at his own birthday party. It's a rich chocolate cake layered with chocolate raspberry ganache.
Cannelés
Cannelés
Burdick's cannelés are wonderful. They are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. You won't be able to eat just one. If they were hot they'd start a stampede.
Hot chocolate
Hot chocolate
I ordered mine with half dark and half milk chocolate. It is one of my top five hot chocolates in New York already. Try it, it will be in your top five as well. All it is is low-fat milk, chocolate shavings made from cocoa beans grown on a plantation Burdick and company own in Grenada, shaved chocolate, and a little bit of cocoa powder.