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The Best Chocolate Mousse in New York City

The Best Chocolate Mousse in New York City

Chocoholics shouldn’t miss this traditional sweet treat. The light, ethereal dessert was created in France in the 1800s but appears on menus all over the United States in versions from traditional to creative, from dense to fluffy. Here’s where you’ll find the best in New York City.

Buvette

Chef Jody Adams offers only two desserts at tiny Buvette in the West Village: chocolate mousse and apple tatin. Adam’s chocolate mousse is a rite of passage, a passport to a great finish to a great meal. The recipe is simple: Swiss chocolate, fresh eggs, butter and sugar. The mousse is made by hand in small batches dense enough to scoop by the spoonful. The beautiful chocolatey mass is then topped with Adam’s airy Chantilly cream.

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Chocolate Mousse at Buvette (Courtesy Buvette)

Olmsted

Olmsted keeps it traditional, too, but with a seasonal flair. Chef Greg Baxtrom’s vegetable-forward restaurant in Brooklyn dresses up their mousse with whipped crème fraîche and other sweets. The add-ons change frequently but the chocolate mousse base is as stable as they come. Baxtrom celebrates this year’s holiday with even more chocolate, with caramelized cocoa nibs decorating the dessert.

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Olmsted’s Old-School Chocolate Mousse (©Evan Sung)

Paisley

Upscale New York City eatery Paisley adds a bit of India with a chai chocolate mousse. Created from a childhood recipe from her youth in Mumbai, owner-founder Juthika Bedi mixes in strawberries, blackberries and PARLE G biscuit crumble, a tea biscuit traditionally accompanying chai. For the finishing touch, she graces the mousse with orange-flavored Chantilly with roasted chai spice.

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Paisley’s Chai Chocolate Mousse (Courtesy Paisley)

TBar

TBar’s chocolate mousse is a thing of chocolate beauty. A base of chocolate with a swirl of chocolate drizzle topped with a raspberry creates a tableau worthy of a place in the Museum of Modern Art. The Upper East Side (and Southampton) bistro offers the dessert year-round as a light, sweet ending to round out a hearty steak or seafood dinner.

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TBar Chocolate Mousse (Courtesy TBar NYC)

MOJO Artisanal Mousse Bar

If you’re truly crazy about chocolate mousse and love to experiment with flavors, there’s a Mecca for your holiday fête. Tucked away on a side street in Harlem is a place that would make Willy Wonka swoon. After years of selling his mousses to specialty stores in NYC, Belgium-born Chef Johan Halsberghe scoops out small-batch mousse at the first chocolate mousse bar in the US, MOJO Artisanal Mousse Bar. Using only Belgian chocolate, he varies the flavors each month with classics like dark 70%, white chocolate, and hazelnut praline with specials such as passion fruit + ruby chocolate and matcha. You can top them with crunchy candy pieces or fruit, or be a purist and enjoy your mousse straight up.

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Chef Halsberghe at the Mojo Mousse Bar (Courtesy Mojo Desserts)

Oasis Café

New York’s inventive Oasis Café offers many types of mousse at the charming café. But, don’t worry if you can’t make it there, you can celebrate at home with one of its distinctive mousses. Be adventurous. Download the app to order a delicious Triple Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Mousse (with chocolate, of course), or the dressed-up Oreo Mousse.

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