[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Laughing Man Coffee & Tea recently opened on Duane Street in Tribeca, a tiny cafe with barely enough room to seat two. It's more of a grab-and-go sort of spot, but with a few special touches. Namely, chocolate. Tumbador (the same great company response for these Ring Dings) does a private label of chocolates just for Laughing Man. A four-piece set is $9. As to which of the 15 flavors you'll find in your box? Luck of the draw.

I had a 65% dark Peruvian alongside coconut and coffee-cardamom chocolates in my box. The most memorable of the quartet was this peanut butter square featuring an actual slip of grape jelly and the crunch of feuilletine. Don't leave without a drink. The espresso-based Flat White might be the most popular order at Laughing Man, but don't overlook the hot chocolate—simultaneously frothy and earthy, made with cocoa, whole milk, and just enough sugar to round things out.

Laughing Man Coffee & Tea

184 Duane Street, New York NY 10013 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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