Mast Brothers Willy-amsburg Wonka & the chocolate factory

Workshop and primary sales point of the bearded chocolate-making bros Rick and Michael, Mast Brothers is the undisputed ground zero in the hearts and minds of many a New York cocoa-craver. Holing themselves up in a rough and ready Brooklyn space, the boys have created a rustic city retreat replete with cocoa bean burlap sacks, bare support beams and distressed wooden furniture—with twanging bluegrass tunes floating out of the speakers and adding to the countrified vibe. It’s the chocolate, though, that is firmly front and center here. Sourcing their beans from small farms in Ecuador, Madagascar and Venezuela, the siblings convert their fairly-traded raw materials with artisanal skill into bars with so much quality that the Brooklyn Wonka might even call them scrumdiddlyumptious, man.

Eleven Madison Park Taking on the world and winning

With more accolades (including three Michelin stars and a James Beard foundation award) than most of the restaurants in the city put together, Eleven Madison Park has been continually reinventing itself under the guidance of Swiss virtuoso chef Daniel Humm. Its current guise reflects the fact that, having well and truly conquered New York’s culinary scene, they’re on the prowl to become one of the finest restaurants in the whole world too. And they’re not far off. With an inventive, terroir-based and fully narrated tasting menu in front of you, you’ll spend the four hours it takes to complete the meal constantly wondering how one course can top the last—and then being surprised when it does. And if all that isn’t enough, there’s cocktails mixed over liquid nitrogen (non-lethal) and an epic magic trick to introduce dessert as well. Ta da!

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