No Valentine would be complete without chocolate. New York City offers the world-famous chocolatiers such as Maison au Chocolat, Godiva and Teuscher. But New York's innovative spirit has never been so sweet as more and more specialty chocolate shops open. And since they are located in different parts of the city, let the chocolates lead the way. Notable among these:
Kee's Chocolates: 80 Thompson Street in SoHo (map); keeschocolates.com. A must: Black Sesame truffle.
Nunu: 529 Atlantic Avenue, in Downtown Brooklyn (map); nunuchocolates.com Our fave: Salted Caramel.
Jacques Torres Chocolate: 75 9th Avenue in Chelsea (map); jacquestorres.com Our pick: Made with ancho and chipotle chiles, the subtly spicy "Wicked Bar" will light up your love life.
Beurre & Sel at the Essex Street Market n the Lower East Side. 120 Essex St (between Rivington St & Delancey St) www.beurreandsel.com. The winner: everything!