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Best Hot Chocolate in NYC: 8 Spots to Sip Gourmet Cocoa

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|by Mark Robinson |


Beat the cold with some next-level hot chocolate

Nothing quite wards off the cold and gloom of the winter months than a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Fortunately, the Big Apple boasts myriad locales to get one’s hot chocolate fix, many of which specialize in gourmet takes on the popular beverage. Join us while we walk you through some of the venues that offer-up a premiere cup of this seasonal treat, and be sure to make a hot chocolate stop before or after your next Broadway show!

Indulge in chocolate-y goodness with some of NYC’s finest hot cocoa (Photo: iStock)

Indulge in chocolate-y goodness with some of NYC’s finest hot cocoa (Photo: iStock)

Mariebelle (484 Broome St.)
In the heart of SoHo you will find Mariebelle, a gourmet chocolate shop with a quiet Cacao Bar where visitors can sit back and enjoy many fine confections. On the menu? A host of hot chocolate options including Aztec Hot Chocolate, Milk Chocolate and Hazelnut, Spicy Hot Chocolate, White Chocolate and Vanilla, Maya Hot Chocolate and Jefferson’s Favorite Hot Chocolate. Best of all, your indulgence isn’t restricted to just on-site consumption. Mariebelle sells their hot chocolate powders to take home where you can continue the experience.

Jacques Torres (350 Hudson St.)
Just outside of Hudson Square at 350 Hudson Street, a fantasy world of chocolate delights is calling you at Jacques Torres. Their creamy hot chocolates are a simple combination of 60-70% dark chocolate and milk. For an extra kick, try their Wicked Hot Chocolate which adds allspice, cinnamon, ground ancho chili peppers, and smoked, ground chipotle chili peppers for a flavor symphony. While you are there, you might as well purchase some of their gourmet candy bars, truffles, and chocolate covered blueberries. Jacques Torres also has locations in the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Midtown, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station and Dumbo, so there is no excuse for missing out on their mouthwatering wares.

Serendipity 3 (225 East 60th St.)
A favorite New York City haunt for all things dessert-related (they serve delicious meals as well) is Serendipity 3. It should come as no surprise, then, that this venue at 225 East 60th Street offers its own distinctive takes on hot chocolate, including an array of frozen hot chocolates. Choose from the comforting Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate, the refreshing Frozen Hot Mint Chocolate, the warm and wonderful Frozen Hot Salted Caramel Chocolate, and that tempter of tempters, S'mores Frozen Chocolate. Of course, if you must have your hot chocolate “hot,” you will not be disappointed by the Serendipitous Hot Chocolate topped with whipped cream, grated valley orange cinnamon, and shaved French chocolate.

Chocolat Moderne (27 West 20th St.)
If you are looking for the powders to make your own hot chocolate and really want an opportunity to explore flavors, the line of Cocoa Casbah Hot Chocolate mixes by Chocolat Moderne will simply blow your mind. The Kama Sutra (dark chocolate, coconut, cardamom, and clove), Snake Charmer (dark chocolate, anise, and cinnamon), Midnight Oasis (deep, dark chocolate), Mayan Eyes (hot chilies and spices), and Madame ‘X’stasy (espresso, caramel, and fleur de sel) will all have you wondering why you ever settled for anything less. Chocolat Moderne is located at 27 West 20th Street.

Squish Marshmallows (120 St. Mark’s Place)
What do most of us enjoy floating at the top of our cups of hot chocolate? MARSHMALLOWS of course! It stands to reason then that Squish Marshmallows, a store that specializes in gourmet marshmallow treats, would have a creamy, heartwarming hot chocolate on its menu. They start out with a basic hot chocolate recipe, but you get to pick from their wide variety of marshmallow treats to top the beverage. Squish Marshmallows resides at 120 St. Mark’s Place. You’ll fund heaven there. 

Dominique Ansel Bakery
Soho also plays host to the Dominique Ansel Bakery, an eatery where the homemade Madeleines, Cannele de Bordeaux, Lemon Yuzu Butter Tart, and the Kiwi Sorbet Bar promise pastry splendor. But pastry chef Dominique Ansel knows that every bite should be followed by a glorious beverage, and his hot chocolate, adorned with a band of chocolate and a flower-shaped marshmallow lives up to its hype. The Dominique Ansel Bakery at 189 Spring St. (between Sullivan and Thompson), will surely become one of your favorite stops on this hot chocolate journey.

Daily Provisions (375 Amsterdam Ave. and Union Square)
Homemade vanilla marshmallows top the hot chocolate at Daily Provisions found in locations in Union Square and the Upper West Side. What these marshmallows float upon is a rich combination of Guanaja dark chocolate, Bahibe milk chocolate, and Guittard chocolate ganache. There is also whipped cream on the beverage for good measure. Daily Provisions also provides a menu filled with baked goods and sandwiches, so why not make a meal out of your hot chocolate tasting experience?

Mah-ze-Dahr (28 Greenwich Ave.)
Finally, rounding out our Hot Chocolate Pub Crawl, is Mah-ze-Dahr in the West Village. Umber Ahmad, resident pastry chef, has concocted an intoxicating (without the alcohol) hot chocolate experience. Valrhona chocolate, steamed milk and toasted, house-made vanilla bean marshmallows come together in a perfect melding of flavors. As the steam tickles your nose, get ready for the first sip, a life-changing moment as this euphoric brew cascades over your grateful taste buds.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, was released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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