I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a great neighborhood that's really been defined by the outstanding local businesses and companies based there. One that's set itself apart is Mast Brothers Chocolate. Walk up North 3rd Street and you'll be greeted with the sweet aroma of chocolate wafting from their little factory doors almost a block away. Started by brothers Rick and Michael Mast in 2006, their chocolate can now be found in gourmet markets across the globe, and makes the perfect present for sweet-toothed friends and family thanks to the pretty paper each bar comes wrapped in.
If you're in Williamsburg, it's well worth a visit to their factory where you can watch the chocolate-making process in action. And, just in time for the colder months, Mast Brothers has recently opened a brew bar a few doors down that's dedicated to cocoa-based beverages. Pass the hot chocolate, please.