It's finally fall! What we've been looking forward to all year long, right? The temperatures are dropping slowly, but not so low that we're layering up heavily like we will be a few weeks from now. But those temperatures are still dropping enough that it gets pretty darn cold at night. What do you do to warm up when the weather gets cool?
Some people like to curl up by the fire.
Others enjoy downing soup and chasing it with a shot of whiskey. Or something along those lines?
Us? We prefer a good cup of hot chocolate. And no matter where you are in the city, there's probably a great cup of it waiting for you right around the corner! So put on your mittens and your wool hat, and find somewhere nice to enjoy the best hot chocolate in New York City this season!
Jacques Torres Chocolate
(excuse the long locations list... but you'll thank us later!)
30 Rockefeller Plz. Midtown West, Manhattan
66 Water St. Dumbo, Brooklyn
285 Amsterdam Ave. Upper West Side, Manhattan
75 9th Ave. Chelsea, Manhattan
350 Hudson St. South Village
The best part of hot chocolate is the chocolate part after all, right? And this place sure knows their chocolate! Just try to resist the scent in the air that lures you in and makes your stomach grumble, even if you just finished a 5-course meal, complete with dessert. There's always more room for chocolate, right? There's quite a variety of hot chocolate on the menu here - you can even get a chilled hot chocolate! But that kind of defeats the point... You can't go wrong with a single hot chocolate here though, and pair it with one of their warm chocolate chip cookies - this is what cold weather in NYC is all about!
The Chocolate Room
86 5th Ave. Brooklyn, NY
269 Court St. Brooklyn, NY
The Classic Hot Chocolate is of course a solid choice on any cold day in New York City. It'll warm you right up and melt your little heart, but if you're looking for a bit of a grown-up version of hot chocolate to make you feel established in the world even when you're on vacation, the spiced hot chocolate has chipotle chilis in it and the dark hot chocolate is rich and savory. You can also get variations of hot chocolate mixed with coffee or on the rocks (aka cold). If you want a sweet treat to go along with your sweet drink, we recommend the chocolate layer cake.
Mariebelle Fine Chocolates
484 Broome St. SoHo, Manhattan
Many say that this IS the best hot chocolate in NYC. Some say it's the best they've had in the country. We didn't ask how many other places in the country they've been, but you get the picture. We like it because it's a cute little cafe that hasn't gone too commercial - it still feels like a place you can relax with your cup of hot cocoa and take a load off. We know being on vacation in NYC can be really hard, so it's important to have places like this. Like a sanctuary. A sanctuary of chocolate. The prices are a little higher than what most people expect to pay for hot chocolate, so we recommend sitting down with a friend and staying a while to really get your money's worth and enjoy the experience, and then buying a tin of hot chocolate to take home with you. This is by far the best souvenir we could imagine.!
L A Burdick Handmade Chocolates
5 E 20th St.
If it's dark hot chocolate that you're after, this is the place to get it. But you can't go wrong with any of it. Lots of locals meet here for a taste of childhood, like mostly moms who need to regain their youth, but they've got the right idea with that! A cup of cocoa from here takes you on a trip down memory lane, but only stops at the good spots. Every cup of hot chocolate at this NYC cafe is the perfect amount of silky and creamy at the ideal thickness.
Oh, you've heard of it? No way!
Way... Of course you've heard of Max Brenner. They've made quite a name for themselves in NYC! And if you want to be a real NYC Tourist, this is the place you can go to get the true New York City experience. It's big, crowded, and still has a way of never letting you down. There's a feeling of being in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. A little overwhelming for those who aren't used to it, but that's this city for you, right? We love it. So if you're not looking for a mom and pop place to get an intimate hot chocolate experience with, definitely go to Max Brenner, order a hot chocolate, some chocolate fondue, and something for the road so that everyone back home can see what they missed out on by not coming on this trip with you.
The City Bakery
3 W. 18th St
Another popular destination that's made a big name for itself, even in a big city like this. Which is hard to do! While we always recommend coming for some hot chocolate, cookies and a croissant, we really think you should hit the joint up (City Bakery that is) in February during their Hot Chocolate Festival, when they feature a different hot chocolate every day of the month!
While there are tons of places in New York City to get a cup of hot chocolate, (really, there's a Starbucks just about every way you look) these are our favorites - for various reasons! Whether you're looking for a cup of cocoa to take you back to childhood or you want to warm up the proper way a NYC Tourist should (in one of the top establishments in the city) you can find a hot drink to keep you warm this winter! Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and let us know where your favorite hot chocolate in NYC is! Or what ever it is that helps you stay warm in the winter.