Less than six months after Franois Payard closed Payard Patisserie & Bistro last summer, he's back on the Upper East Side with Franois Chocolate Bar on the fourth floor of Mauboussin jewelers, whose boutiques in Paris and Japan also dedicate space to chocolate.
Payard displays his opera cakes, macaron, pound cakes, and chocolates in glass cases like bling, but prices range from a reasonable $2 for macarons to $6.50 for verrines, parfaits layered in small glasses. Dark-chocolate squares oozing caramel garnered buzz among the bonbons Payard featured at New York Taste, but it's his verrine tout chocolat: rich layers of dark-chocolate sabayon, dark-chocolate leaves with fleur de sel, chocolate macaron, chocolate mousse, and caramel chips, that should put skinny uptown ladies into sweats over whether to splurge. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate is also served at the bar, open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. See how the Rockwell Group incorporated chocolate design elements into the boutique in our slideshow, then preview the full menu below.
Franois Chocolate Bar, 714 Madison Ave., nr. 64th St., fourth fl.; 212-759-1600