Hot chocolate is one of those treats that is universally loved by everyone. Like a warm, cozy cup of happiness, it conjures up nostalgic memories of daylong sledding sessions as a child, romantic first dates, and wintry evenings spent fireside with friends and family. Whether you enjoy yours like mom used to make, crafted with an artisanal twist or spiked with booze, here’s where you can find the best hot chocolate in NYC.
Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St
The blossoming hot chocolate at Dominique Ansel Bakery takes a traditional marshmallow garnish to the next level. A marshmallow “flower bud” is placed inside a white chocolate cup, which is then placed in a cup of hot cocoa. As the white chocolate melts, the bud blossoms into a lovely marshmallow flower with chocolate truffle in the center. It’s almost too pretty to drink! Sip alongside a delicious baked good by award-winning pastry chef and founder Dominique Ansel.
City Bakery, 3 W 18th St
Each winter, New Yorkers look forward to the Annual City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. Every day during February, City Bakery serves a new and exciting flavor of the cold weather dessert. Caramel, creamy stout, cinnamon, peanut butter, and s’mores are just some of the extraordinary flavors that have been served over the years. Can’t make the festival? Head to the eatery anytime where you can enjoy the original recipe brewed from an assortment of dark chocolate bars, local dairy, and topped with the City Bakery’s signature homemade marshmallow.
Max Brenner, 841 Broadway
You know a place means serious business when it designs a special mug shaped to be hugged in both hands while drinking hot chocolate. Max Brenner’s menu is full of mouthwatering flavors such as Oreo and hazelnut. But for a true indulgence, we suggest ordering the Italian thick hot cocoa with rich dark chocolate and vanilla cream. Served in the signature ‘hug mug,’ this sweet, decadent drink is a chocolate lover’s dream come true!
JIMMY at the James, 15 Thompson St
When you want your hot chocolate with a bit of a kick, head to the Jimmy at the James. Located 18 stories on The James in SoHo, JIMMY offers a signature cocktail menu thought up by celebrated NYC drink guru Johnny Swet. Putting a boozy spin on our favorite dessert beverage, the Mexican S’mores is made with hot chocolate, illegal mezcal, orange bitters, and topped with a perfectly roasted marshmallow.
MarieBelle, 484 Broome St
Decorated with crystal chandeliers, vintage photographs, and marble top tables, Maribel Lieberman’s namesake cacao bar conjures up an atmosphere of a charming Parisian café. Located in SoHo, it’s the perfect spot for a sugary pick-me-up during a shopping session. Choose from an inspired hot chocolate menu that includes thick Aztec, hazelnut banana, white chocolate with Tahitian vanilla, and Matcha and white chocolate.
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City Bakery and MarieBelle photos via Facebook.
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