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The Insider’s List for the Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, December 21, 2016

Winter is here. We’ve made hats and scarves part of our daily wardrobe and cursed the freezing temperatures every time we’ve had to step outside. But this chilly season isn’t all bad when you’ve got hot chocolate to keep you toasty. ZEALnyc has rounded up some of the best places in New York City to get your fix anytime you’re in need—and we’re guessing it’s probably pretty often.

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 Cocoa Bar – 21 Clinton Street, Manhattan; 228 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn

With a name like the Cocoa Bar, you know their hot chocolate is going to be good. They offer tons of flavors like mint, cinnamon, and even banana. And since it is a bar, getting your drink spiked is basically a necessity.

Browse their menu here.


Hecho en Dumbo – 354 Bowery, Manhattan

This Lower East Side spot specializes in Mexican hot chocolate called Champurrado. The vanilla and cinnamon spiced chocolate is thickened with masa, or tortilla dough, and can be paired with any one of their decadent desserts. We hear the buñuelo—a cinnamon and sugar pastry—is to die for.

For more information click here.


McNally Jackson – 52 Prince Street, Manhattan

Feel right at home with a book and a cup of hot cocoa at McNally Jackson’s cafe. This bookstore in SoHo is right up there with the best, featuring rich Italian dark chocolate and organic milk from the Hudson Valley. Pair it with a scone or a muffin for a sweet start to your day.

See the rest of what the café has to offer here.

City bakery

City Bakery – 3 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Our list wouldn’t be complete without including the home of the Hot Chocolate Festival. Choose from flavors that range from lemon to beer, and top your mug off with a giant homemade marshmallow—they’re to die for.

For more on their hot chocolate or the festival, click here.


Serendipity 3 – 225 East 60th Street, Manhattan

So if you’re looking for a “cold” version of this treat, Serendipity 3 is famous for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a mix of 14 different types of cocoas topped with whipped cream. But if you’re craving the traditional “hot” version, Serendipity still has you covered. You can sip on their rich and velvety heated version to warm you up when the snow starts coming down.

For more information click here.


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