The cute French countryside décor might be what entices you to enter this SoHo bakery, but their lavender hot chocolate will make you stay. This drink strikes the perfect balance between creamy and floral and is the ideal hot beverage to accompany one of their buttery croissants.
Maman, 239 Centre Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 226 0700
Jacques Torres Chocolate
Not only can Jacques Torres Chocolate whip up a great classic hot chocolate, but for those with a more daring palette, this OG chocolatier make a great Wicked Hot Chocolate that packs a bit of heat. The Wicked Hot Chocolate, which is made with allspice, cinnamon, ground ancho chili peppers and smoked ground chipotle chili peppers will be sure to warm up your insides on a cold day.
Jacques Torres Chocolat, 1186 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, USA +1 212 204 7040
The City Bakery
Drinking chocolate would be a more appropriate name for The City Bakery’s hot chocolate. Sip slowly; their hot chocolate is thick, creamy and unapologetically decadent. If you order this drink don’t short yourself on getting the full experience; of course you’ll want to add one of their homemade marshmallows. Plus as it melts down it’ll make the drink frothy and even richer.
The City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 366 1414
La Maison du Croque Monsieur
Not all hot chocolate has to be hot. This charming sandwich shop located right off of Union Square is known for a variety of croque monsieur sandwich spinoffs but that doesn’t mean La Maison du Croque Monsieur doesn’t make a delicious frozen hot chocolate. Shavings of dark chocolate bits float throughout the icy, smooth chocolate drink.
L A Burdick Handmade Chocolates
Chocolate penguins and mice aren’t the only delectable creations that come out of this Flatiron chocolate shop. L A Burdick also offers a great variety of hot chocolates. Sure, you can get dark, milk and even white hot chocolate here but why not try one of their single source hot chocolates from countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador, Grenada, Madagascar and Venezuela. It’s a great way for the chocolate connoisseur that exists in all of us to develop a sharper palette for cocoa bean varieties.
Café Habana’s hot chocolate is no ordinary hot chocolate. Just like the vibrant pictures that adorn the walls and the energy that surges through this Nolita neighborhood favorite, the hot chocolate dances on the tongue with a kick that only a true Mexican hot chocolate can deliver.
Café Habana, 17 Prince Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 625 2001
Mariebelle Fine Chocolates
Where to even begin with Mariebelle’s hot chocolate. Well, to start, there’s more than one. In fact, there’s about nine. And while that can be overwhelming for some and thrilling for others, the Aztec hot chocolate is a good place to start. It’s not too sweet and just a tad bitter. If you’re a chocolate purist, this is the hot chocolate you want to be drinking.
Mariebelle Fine Chocolates, 484 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 925 6999
Bibble and Sip
This Theater District neighborhood favorite serves up pastries that boast French technique with Asian flavors. Bibble and Sip proudly declares that everything is made in house, including the granola on the yogurt and the marshmallow on the hot chocolate. Conveniently located a few blocks away from Radio City Music Hall, this rich, dark and velvety hot chocolate is the perfect drink to grab before or after a show.
Bibble and Sip, 253 West 51st Street, New York, NY, USA +1 646 649 5116
La Maison du Chocolat
La Maison du Chocolat has been perfecting their craft since their first store opened in Paris in 1977. This chocolatier offers two types of hot chocolate. The first is your standard hot chocolate made with milk which is a great option if you’re looking for something a little less rich. But if you’re not bashful, go for the caracas drinking chocolate which is just a tad sweet and showcases the cocoa bean practically unadulterated.
Adults will love Gramercy Tavern‘s signature hot chocolate martini. This festive cocktail is made with their special homemade hot chocolate and blended with Stoli vanilla vodka and Amaretto.
Gramercy Tavern, 42 East 20th Street, New York, NY, USA +1 212 477 0777