If you’re braving the outdoors today (or this weekend, when there’s bound to still be a lot of slush), we’ve lined up some of our favorite hot chocolates to drink in the city. There’s a classic, a vegan one, a French sip, a Dominican mix and more. For those of you staying home, though, we also have über-pastry chef Michael Laiskonis’s decadent hot chocolate recipe. Here, our guide to staying warm (and happy).
The classic choice, topped with a giant marshmallow, is every New York City visitor’s go-to. During the month of February, they offer a special flavor each day. Today’s? Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate #1.
Drinking chocolate is a thing now east 9th Street and listen, Drinking Chocolate is not sugary swiss miss powdery packet home-from-school-with-a-cold nuked hot cocoa tiny dry/foamy gelatiny marshmallows. Drinking choc is thick rich not treacley intense stuff more like a meal less like a drink Eurorail feels like when you went to France in college & cell phones didn't exist so you paid attention to flavor more. Comes with homemade whip, coconut & almondy, 5 count em 5 @sweetandsara marshies, Mexican cinnamon artisanal sprinkle // all for the price of a whole meal westerly down the street at SB aka $6.50 or $7.75 with a Sweet Maresa's cookie.
These chocolate experts from New Paltz, New York, don’t serve a hot chocolate, but a Drinking Chocolate. They contain a quarter cup of ganache and organic, vegan marshmallows from Queens-based Sweet & Sara. For a beautiful gift, buy the Magic Drinking Chocolate Sphere to make the brilliant drink at home.
The masters of weird ice cream at Morgenstern’s are serving up hot chocolates that will certainly blow your mind. Through February 14, they even have a Durian Banana White Hot Chocolate that must be tried to be believed.
With shops in both Williamsburg and Midtown East, Michel Cluizel makes their chocolate very easy to try. The French chocolatiers have been making their chocolate since 1948 and source their beans from farms around the world. Their hot chocolate is rich and thick.
Hit up one of the city’s many Blue Bottle locations in Williamsburg, Park Slope, Rockefeller Center and way more neighborhoods for a proper hot chocolate. They take the same care with this offering as they do with their coffee, so expect the best.
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While they don’t serve this up at the Red Hook chocolate factory, the single-origin Dominican chocolate by Cacao Prieto is some of the best in the city—their Dominican Spiced Hot Chocolate Tin follows suit. Melt the discs into the milk of your choice and hot chocolate joy is yours. Order one to make sure you have it on the next snow day.