Cold weather is the perfect excuse to get cozy and indulge in a delicious mug of hot chocolate. In New York City, there are plenty of options from original flavors to creations with a tasty twist. After putting NYC’s top spots to the test, we’ve rounded up our favorite locales with the best hot chocolate in NYC.
The City Bakery
3 W. 18th St.
Crafted from an assortment of dark chocolate bars and dairy, the thick and decadent treat is paired with a fluffy, homemade marshmallow. This drink is indulgent and the exact type of hot chocolate to dip food into (in this case, try their pretzel croissant.) Bonus: City Bakery hosts a Hot Chocolate Festival in February when a different flavor is featured every day.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St.
Dominique Ansel has taken hot chocolate to a whole new level with the Blossoming Hot Chocolate. Made with Valrhona chocolate, the treat comes with a marshmallow flower that blooms when placed in the cup. What’s more: at the center of each blossom is a chocolate truffle!
Davey’s Ice Cream
137 1st Ave.
During the winter months, Davey’s Ice Cream serves up homemade hot chocolate with mega vanilla marshmallows. You can warm up with a regular size or grab a shot with mini marshmallows. It’s the perfect treat for this season, and they even do delivery!
5 Carmine St.
If you're tired of boring old hot chocolate with marshmallows, treat yourself to “hot chocolate on a stick.” Basically, it’s a cube of chocolate on a popsicle stick that you melt into a cup of steamed milk. Flavors include dark chocolate, milk chocolate, mocha, caramel, white chocolateand peppermint.
Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn
If you’re feeling daring, try the Wicked Hot Chocolate, which features 60-70% dark chocolate, allspice, cinnamon, ground ancho chili peppers and smoked ground chipotle chili. According to Jacques, this spicy blend from the famed chocolatier has “enough heat to warm your heart.”
Five Stuy Café
5 Stuyvesant Oval
Located at the heart of the Oval, our very own Five Stuy Café serves a delightful hot chocolate that you can enjoy all winter long. This rich, dark and velvety hot chocolate is perfect to grab on the go or to sip inside at the café’s cozy tables.
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Pl.
Stay warm this winter with a Nutella Hot Chocolate at Spot Dessert Bar. The creamy and sweet delight comes with a brûléed jumbo marshmallow. This will definitely hit the “spot” on a cold winter day.