Based on today’s weather, I think it’s safe to say we’re officially in hot chocolate season…and we couldn’t be more excited!
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!
Located: 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.
Located: 189 Spring St, New York
3. Martha’s Country Bakery, Williamsburg
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.
Located: 263 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn
4. Max Brenner, Union Square
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.
Located: 841 Broadway, New York
5. Snowdays NYC, East Village
With various locations across NYC, Snowdays makes delicious hot chocolates with either big traditional marshmallows, or with a generous amount of Lucky Charm marshmallows!
Located: 241 E 10th St, New York
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!
Located: 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, New York
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, New York
9. Maman, Nomad
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. We’re also hoping they bring back their nutty chocolate chip cookie hot chocolate that was new to the menu last year (made with walnut milk, oak milk, and topped with cookie crumble)!
Located: 22 W 25th St, New York
10. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, Caroll 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.
Located: 513 Henry St, Brooklyn
11. McNally Jackson
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This cozy cafe is located within an independent bookstore in the heart of SoHo. While they’re not “known” for their hot chocolate, they certainly should be because anyone who’s had it would tell you: it’s amazing! So grab a good book (or several…you are at a bookstore!) and a warm mug, and show them some much-needed support!
Located: 4 Fulton St, New York
Here’s a map of their locations to see which one is closest to you:
(Note: some have multiple locations. Not all locations for each restaurant are included in this map)
featured image source: Snowdays NYC
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