2006_01_food_cheerios.jpgMom always said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That's why we're a little disappointed that the new, hip franchise Cereality has yet to open in the Big Apple. A cafe solely devoted to the love of Froot Loops, Cap'n Crunch, Cocoa Puffs and the like, Cereality sounds like the perfect compliment to the diner, pushcart and coffee house options we New Yorkers currently enjoy.

That said, one New Yorker - chocolatier Jacques Torres - is trying to bring cereal into the realm of gourmet goodies. His chocolate-covered Cheerios and Cornflakes aren't exactly the healthiest breakfast in the world, but with their addictive, killer combo of sweet, creamy and crunchy, they might just be the perfect get-up-and-go ticket in the A.M. Besides, chocolate contains caffeine, right? Could it be any worse than a morning cup of Joe? We think not. Or at the very least, we hope not...

Jacques Torres Chocolate
66 Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718/875-9772

Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven
350 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
212/414-2462