NYC has no shortage of trendy spots to try, but when it comes to this chocolatey drink there’s a handful of places you absolutely have to taste so we decided to map it out for you. Some of these tasty creations are particularly chocolatey, others are all about the marshmallow topping, but one thing is undebatable—you’ll be smiling from the warmth and deliciousness with each sip. Don’t believe us? We’ll let the pictures do the talking.
1. Blue Stripes, Union Square
You can get hot chocolate served to you in fluffy mousse form at this chocolate shop near Union Square!
Where: 28 E 13th St, New York
2. Dominique Ansel Bakery, SoHo
If you love hot chocolate, you’ve probably already grabbed a cup from Dominique Ansel Bakery. Drinking it is great, but watching the marshmallow flower open up is where the real fun is.
Where: 189 Spring St, New York
3. Martha’s Country Bakery, Multiple Locations
If you’re looking to kick your hot chocolate game up a notch, the red velvet hot chocolate at Martha’s Country Bakery is what you need.
Williamsburg – 263 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn & 175 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn (2 separate locations)
Forrest Hills – 70-28 Austin St, Queens
Astoria – 36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Queens
Bayside – 46-01 Bell Blvd, Queens
4. Max Brenner, Multiple Locations
It’s only fitting that a restaurant dedicated to chocolate would make an amazing cup of hot chocolate. In fact, they make nine variations of these sweet liquid treats! Some of which include: peanut butter, hazelnut, Mexican spicy hot chocolate, Italian thick, and salted caramel.
Bryant Park – Avenue of the Americas, 40th and 42nd St, Booths E40 & R05
Union Square – 841 Broadway (between 13th and 14th St)
Times Square – 720 7th Ave (48th St)
5. Snowdays NYC, Bay Ridge
With various locations across NYC, Snowdays makes delicious hot chocolates with either big traditional marshmallows, or special flavors like matcha hot chocolate, peanut butter hot chocolate, and even a vegan hot chocolate options!
East Village – 241 E 10th St
Bay Ridge – 7025 3rd Ave, Brooklyn
6. The Chocolate Room, Cobble Hill
If you’re looking for a rich treat, you’ll want to order the Dark Hot Chocolate from The Chocolate Room in Brooklyn. It comes with one of their delicious homemade marshmallows!
Where: 269 Court St, Brooklyn
7. MarieBelle, Soho
If you’re looking for a rich taste of pure chocolate, MarieBelle in SoHo is your new go-to spot. The chocolate shop has a quaint cacao bar where you can sip on any hot chocolate you’d like. Their most popular are the dark, aztec hot chocolate as well as their milk chocolate option, and it’s easy to see why. They even offer a sweet white hot chocolate variety! Regardless of which one you go with, they taste as if a bar was just melted down and poured into a tea cup.
Located: 484 Broome St
8. Bibble and Sip, Theater District
This cute little spot that has an alpaca as its logo and serves up adorable pastries, house made baked goods, and savory treats. They also have gourmet coffee and, of course, a fantastic hot chocolate.
Located: 253 W 51st St
9. Maman, Multiple Locations
This hot chocolate is for the experienced consumers. Their unique hot chocolates include their signature lavender hot chocolate (which is made with dried lavender leaves).
Where: Find your location here
10. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Carroll Gardens
Indulge in this hot chocolate that is specially made with the Farmacy’s very own blend of cocoa. You can top yours off with house-made marshmallow fluff, fresh whipped cream, or flavor it with caramel.
Where: 513 Henry St, Brooklyn
11. Daily Provisions, Multiple Locations
Sip on this silky hot chocolate made with a delicious milk and dark chocolate ganache from Vesta Chocolate and top with a fluffy Squish Marshmallow for the perfect cup that’s just the right amount of sweetness!
Union Square – 103 E 19th St
West Village – 29 Bedford St
Upper West Side – 375 Amsterdam Ave
Manhattan West – 440 W 33rd St, Suite 90
12. Thierry Atlan, SoHo
You’ve got to check out the true and tested hot chocolate recipe by the only Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) Chocolatier in NYC, Thierry Atlan. It’s made with about 75% dark chocolate (with a blend of it being different Valrhona Chocolate varieties), and it’s so rich and tasty. The cocoa flavor is as decadent as you can get, and we even suggest adding a hint of cinnamon or one of their speciality spice mixes!
Where: 436 W Broadway
13. Jacques Torres, DUMBO & Grand Central
If the sweet chocolate shop isn’t enough to mesmerize you, the hot chocolate will. Every piece of milky greatness is gourmet here and able to be taken home with you too! Choose between their classic Hot chocolate. seasonal Candy Cane Hot Chocolate, intriguing Wicked Hot Chocolate (made with a secret blend of spices), or even a vegan hot chocolate. They’re available at both stores, and can even be bought by the tin can if you want to replicate it at home.
DUMBO – 66 Water St, Brooklyn
Grand Central – 17 Grand Central Terminal
14. Angelina Paris, Bryant Park
The hot chocolate at Angelina Paris, or should we maybe even say melted chocolate, has some of the richest flavor on this entire list. This tearoom and boutique restaurant is the American version of thie Paris staple, so you know the European influences are in the recipe. The drink itself is made up of three carefully curated Cocoas from Africa, along with some secret flair. This one is worth the hype if you like more liquid-y hot chocolate.
Where: 1050 Sixth Avenue
15. Venchi, Multiple Locations
Venchi is usually our go-to spot for gelato during the summertime, but it’s one of our favorite spots for hot chocolate during the cooler months. Their 3 different variations (Classic, Suprema XV, and Cuba Rhum) are all very good and they have a ton of Manhattan locations scattered around. It’s pretty easy (and worth it) to stop by one of the Venchi shops for a cup.
Union Square – 861 Broadway
Columbus Circle – 1796 Broadway
UWS – 198 Columbus Ave
SoHo – 233 Bleecker St
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