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Where to Find 15 Soothing Cups of Hot Chocolate in NYC

From frothy, milky cups to dark and dense versions, here’s where to order the city’s most popular hot chocolate

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Hot chocolate at Bar Pisellino
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Many New Yorkers are still limiting themselves to outdoor dining, which all adds up to one thing: There’s never been a better time to indulge in a steaming, creamy, decadent mug of hot chocolate. Thankfully, the city is overflowing with delicious cups available everywhere from coffee shops and cafes to chocolate boutiques, bakeries, and even ice cream parlors.

Many hot chocolate lovers despaired when the great City Bakery closed its doors in 2019. The café was known for its exceedingly rich version of the drink, and its hot chocolate festival every February. And while founder Maury Rubin is offering the occasional special delivery through his Wonderbon Chocolate, there are plenty of city spots picking up his mantle. Whether it’s the thick, molten style or the lighter, thinner version; sweet or more bitter; with marshmallow, whipped cream, or straight up classic recipe, there’s a hot chocolate for everyone in NYC.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sugar Hill Creamery

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184 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(212) 634-9004
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This Harlem ice cream shop, which recently opened a second location in Hamilton Heights, has figured out a way to make hot chocolate from ice cream. No, really. They take a vanilla ice cream base and heat it with heavy cream, Guayaquil 64 percent chocolate, and dark cocoa powder, creating a thick and velvety base. It then gets topped with a dollop of homemade, torched marshmallow fluff and some chocolate shavings for good measure, giving it a campfire quality. A vegan version sans dairy incorporates dark chocolate sorbet and either oat or almond milk.

Sugar Hill Creamery hot chocolate includes vanilla ice cream
Sugar Hill Creamery’s hot chocolate includes vanilla ice cream
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2. Angelina Paris NYC

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1050 6th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(585) 438-5347
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The 118-year-old iconic Parisian café came to the U.S. — specifically, Bryant Park — at the end of last year, bringing its velvety hot chocolate with it. Unfortunate naming aside, the creamy drink is made in-house from three different types of cocoa beans sourced from Ghana, Niger, and the Ivory Coast. Sip it in the grand Belle Epoque-style dining room, take it to the park, or buy a bottle to heat at home, an ingenious alternative to the powder or nibs that need to be mixed with water or milk.

Angelina’s hot chocolate
The famous hot chocolate from Angelina Paris NYC
Angelina

3. Venchi

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861 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(646) 448-8663
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This Italian chocolate and gelato maker has been around since 1878, but it only came to Union Square in 2018 and Columbus Circle this January, taking over the former Grom space. Venchi offers three versions: Classic, Suprema XV, and Cuba Rhum. The Suprema XV is for hazelnut lovers, featuring a generous squirt of liquefied hazelnut chocolate spread (choose from milk or dark) into the classic milk chocolate mix, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of raw cocoa powder. A boozy version comes in the form of the Cuba Rhum, a nod to the classic chocolate candy made with 56 percent chocolate and rum, a popular combination in Piedmont.

Venchi hot chocolate
Venchi offers three versions of hot chocolate
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4. Bar Pisellino

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52 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

This dainty teacup of dark hot chocolate is made for adults: barely sweet with a healthy dollop of freshly made unsweetened panna on top that’s an ideal pairing. But it’s the texture and consistency that put it on the right side of perfection: silky and rich, but not overly dense, it leaves you wondering just how Rita Sodi and Jody Williams have accomplished such a feat (their lips are sealed).

Dark hot chocolate at Bar Pisellino
Dark hot chocolate at Bar Pisellino
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5. Maman

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80 Kent St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(347) 689-9195
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This mini-chain of French cafés offers a regular hot chocolate but its lavender version brings something different (and delicious) to the table. Light and foamy, the cup is garnished with a sprig of lavender and a dusting of cocoa powder. The lavender brings a faint herbal and almost minty aftertaste to the cup, which pairs well with the cafe’s popular chocolate chip cookies.

A version of hot chocolate with lavender at Maman
A version of hot chocolate with lavender at Maman
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6. Squish Marshmallows

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120 Saint Marks Place Store 1
New York, NY 10009
(646) 896-1667
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Milk, cream, salt, vanilla, Dutch cocoa powder, and semisweet chocolate chunks are combined to create a silky-smooth rendition that’s not too thick and not too thin, with just the right amount of sweetness to still beg for one of the housemade marshmallows (in flavors like s’mores, birthday cake, and banana pudding) to be plunked on top.

A housemade marshmallow tops the hot chocolate at Squish Marshmallows
A housemade marshmallow tops the hot chocolate at Squish Marshmallows
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7. L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

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156 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 796-0143
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L.A. Burdick has been crafting whimsical chocolates and exceptional drinking chocolate since 1987.  At the charming Soho shop, guests can choose between cups of lushly thick white chocolate, milk chocolate, a dark chocolate blend, or a variety of single-origin dark chocolates from Ecuador to Madagascar. Each cup is made with chocolate shavings and steamed milk, lending a melted chocolate bar-type quality. 

L.A. Burdick’s hot chocolate
L.A. Burdick’s hot chocolate
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8. Mariebelle

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484 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-6999
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The interior of Soho’s Mariebelle personifies what comes to mind when the phrase chocolate boutique comes up: gilt edges, chandeliers, glass vitrines, and all. Head to the back of the shop for the equally decadent Cacao Bar with its brown and gold-striped wallpaper and, in pre-pandemic times, marble café tables with gold-backed chairs. Off to one side are four large glass jars filled with chocolate chunks of different shades, labeled Aztec (65 percent), Spicy (Aztec with chipotle, ancho chili, and cinnamon), Mayan (70 percent with no added sugar), Hazelnut, and White. There are options for premium add-ins like cardamom, espresso, nutmeg and cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla, or matcha (perfectly paired with the white). Finally, there’s a selection of milk (whole, half-and-half, skim, almond, or oat) and whipped cream if desired. It’s one of the  thickest cups of hot chocolate in the city — this is what’s meant by “drinking chocolate” — so prepare accordingly and consider ordering a four-ounce shot size instead of an eight-ounce cup. 

Mariebelle hot chocolate
Head to Mariebelle’s Cacao Bar in Soho
Mariebelle [Official]

9. Roni-Sue's Chocolates

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148 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 677-1216
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This cozy chocolate shop by Rhonda Khave tucked away on the Lower East Side is quietly brewing a buttery-smooth 65 percent hot chocolate cup using single-origin cacao nibs sourced from Belize. Not too sweet and without any unnecessary frills, this version really lets the carefully sourced chocolate shine through — a true chocolate lover’s hot chocolate.

10. Frenchette Bakery

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220 Church St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 227-1787
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When acclaimed restaurant Frenchette took over the beloved Arcade Bakery space inside a Tribeca office building, many fans were worried if they would be able to carry Roger Gural’s sourdough-bread filled torch. And while they’ve done an admirable job, they have also added a few of their own touches, including this luxurious hot chocolate topped with a “Chartreuse Chamallow.” What is it exactly? A toasted marshmallow infused with a hint of Chartreuse liqueur, of course.

The “Chartreuse Chamallow” at Frenchette Bakery
The “Chartreuse Chamallow” at Frenchette Bakery
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11. Borsalia

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79 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 388-1999
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This Williamsburg newcomer is a combination coffee shop, chocolatier, pasta café, and Italian market all in one, and its hot chocolate offerings are impressive. Next to the cashier and behind glass rest four hunks of Italian-imported organic, fair trade chocolate: dark, milk, white, and hazelnut. Customers select their base, which is then chopped and combined with steamed milk while they wait. Next, they can add toppings like whipped cream, dried strawberries and raspberries, coconut shavings, pistachios, and chocolate chips—no need to stick to just one.

A variety of toppings can be added to Borsalia’s hot chocolate
A variety of toppings can be added to Borsalia’s hot chocolate
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12. Fan Fan Doughnuts

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448 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(347) 533-7544
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When Fany Gerson closed her original Dough location in Bed-Stuy last year, she turned it into this doughnut shop 2.0, slinging classically shaped creations alongside her proprietary “fan-fans,” long, eclair-like doughnuts with various fillings and toppings. But her wizardry doesn’t stop there. Her hot chocolate is a genius, chocolate-filled play on French onion soup, complete with doughnut croutons bobbing in the mix of bittersweet and milk chocolate with a molten marshmallow topping. You can get the hot chocolate without these additions…but why would you?

13. The Chocolate Room

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269 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-2600
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This dessert cafe standby with locations in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens offers four versions of its steaming hot chocolate: Classic, with 38 percent milk chocolate and Madagascar vanilla; Dark Hot Chocolate with a blend of bittersweet Belgian pieces and Valrhona cocoa powder; Café Torino, which includes a shot of espresso and splotch of foam; and another favorite, the seasonal Spiced Dark Hot Chocolate, which spikes the dark version with ancho and chipotle chilis, cinnamon, and cloves. And, new for this year, the Court Street location started offering white hot chocolate, too.

A white hot chocolate from the Chocolate Room
One of four versions of hot chocolate from the Chocolate Room
Gary Duff

14. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

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513 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 522-6260
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Swap your root beer float for a delightfully overflowing mug of hot chocolate at Carroll Gardens’ ode to the fountain shops of yore. Top it with a generous helping of marshmallow fluff, blow-torched to order and some whipped cream for an over-the-top garnish.

15. Ciao, Gloria

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550 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(716) 666-2426
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Renato Polfitano’s post-Baked second act is this Italian-American-inflected bakery and café in Prospect Heights. His frothy cup of hot chocolate recalls cups of Swiss Miss, but it’s more grown up. The hot chocolate is on the lighter side, made from Valrhona cocoa powder and topped with a homemade marshmallow (at no extra charge). The lightness is ideal, really, because it’s perfect to pair it with one of the irresistible pastries — a slice of banana walnut bread or the “coffee” coffee cake — beckoning from the case.

1. Sugar Hill Creamery

184 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Sugar Hill Creamery hot chocolate includes vanilla ice cream
Sugar Hill Creamery’s hot chocolate includes vanilla ice cream
@domnthecity

This Harlem ice cream shop, which recently opened a second location in Hamilton Heights, has figured out a way to make hot chocolate from ice cream. No, really. They take a vanilla ice cream base and heat it with heavy cream, Guayaquil 64 percent chocolate, and dark cocoa powder, creating a thick and velvety base. It then gets topped with a dollop of homemade, torched marshmallow fluff and some chocolate shavings for good measure, giving it a campfire quality. A vegan version sans dairy incorporates dark chocolate sorbet and either oat or almond milk.

184 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026

2. Angelina Paris NYC

1050 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Angelina’s hot chocolate
The famous hot chocolate from Angelina Paris NYC
Angelina

The 118-year-old iconic Parisian café came to the U.S. — specifically, Bryant Park — at the end of last year, bringing its velvety hot chocolate with it. Unfortunate naming aside, the creamy drink is made in-house from three different types of cocoa beans sourced from Ghana, Niger, and the Ivory Coast. Sip it in the grand Belle Epoque-style dining room, take it to the park, or buy a bottle to heat at home, an ingenious alternative to the powder or nibs that need to be mixed with water or milk.

1050 6th Ave
New York, NY 10018

3. Venchi

861 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Venchi hot chocolate
Venchi offers three versions of hot chocolate
Venchi [Official]

This Italian chocolate and gelato maker has been around since 1878, but it only came to Union Square in 2018 and Columbus Circle this January, taking over the former Grom space. Venchi offers three versions: Classic, Suprema XV, and Cuba Rhum. The Suprema XV is for hazelnut lovers, featuring a generous squirt of liquefied hazelnut chocolate spread (choose from milk or dark) into the classic milk chocolate mix, topped with whipped cream and a dusting of raw cocoa powder. A boozy version comes in the form of the Cuba Rhum, a nod to the classic chocolate candy made with 56 percent chocolate and rum, a popular combination in Piedmont.

861 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

4. Bar Pisellino

52 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
Dark hot chocolate at Bar Pisellino
Dark hot chocolate at Bar Pisellino
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This dainty teacup of dark hot chocolate is made for adults: barely sweet with a healthy dollop of freshly made unsweetened panna on top that’s an ideal pairing. But it’s the texture and consistency that put it on the right side of perfection: silky and rich, but not overly dense, it leaves you wondering just how Rita Sodi and Jody Williams have accomplished such a feat (their lips are sealed).

52 Grove St
New York, NY 10014

5. Maman

80 Kent St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
A version of hot chocolate with lavender at Maman
A version of hot chocolate with lavender at Maman
Maman [Official]

This mini-chain of French cafés offers a regular hot chocolate but its lavender version brings something different (and delicious) to the table. Light and foamy, the cup is garnished with a sprig of lavender and a dusting of cocoa powder. The lavender brings a faint herbal and almost minty aftertaste to the cup, which pairs well with the cafe’s popular chocolate chip cookies.

80 Kent St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

6. Squish Marshmallows

120 Saint Marks Place Store 1, New York, NY 10009
A housemade marshmallow tops the hot chocolate at Squish Marshmallows
A housemade marshmallow tops the hot chocolate at Squish Marshmallows
Squish Marshmallows [Official]

Milk, cream, salt, vanilla, Dutch cocoa powder, and semisweet chocolate chunks are combined to create a silky-smooth rendition that’s not too thick and not too thin, with just the right amount of sweetness to still beg for one of the housemade marshmallows (in flavors like s’mores, birthday cake, and banana pudding) to be plunked on top.

120 Saint Marks Place Store 1
New York, NY 10009

7. L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

156 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
L.A. Burdick’s hot chocolate
L.A. Burdick’s hot chocolate
Thomas Schauer

L.A. Burdick has been crafting whimsical chocolates and exceptional drinking chocolate since 1987.  At the charming Soho shop, guests can choose between cups of lushly thick white chocolate, milk chocolate, a dark chocolate blend, or a variety of single-origin dark chocolates from Ecuador to Madagascar. Each cup is made with chocolate shavings and steamed milk, lending a melted chocolate bar-type quality. 

156 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

8. Mariebelle

484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
Mariebelle hot chocolate
Head to Mariebelle’s Cacao Bar in Soho
Mariebelle [Official]

The interior of Soho’s Mariebelle personifies what comes to mind when the phrase chocolate boutique comes up: gilt edges, chandeliers, glass vitrines, and all. Head to the back of the shop for the equally decadent Cacao Bar with its brown and gold-striped wallpaper and, in pre-pandemic times, marble café tables with gold-backed chairs. Off to one side are four large glass jars filled with chocolate chunks of different shades, labeled Aztec (65 percent), Spicy (Aztec with chipotle, ancho chili, and cinnamon), Mayan (70 percent with no added sugar), Hazelnut, and White. There are options for premium add-ins like cardamom, espresso, nutmeg and cinnamon, Tahitian vanilla, or matcha (perfectly paired with the white). Finally, there’s a selection of milk (whole, half-and-half, skim, almond, or oat) and whipped cream if desired. It’s one of the  thickest cups of hot chocolate in the city — this is what’s meant by “drinking chocolate” — so prepare accordingly and consider ordering a four-ounce shot size instead of an eight-ounce cup. 

484 Broome St
New York, NY 10013

9. Roni-Sue's Chocolates

148 Forsyth Street, New York, NY 10002

This cozy chocolate shop by Rhonda Khave tucked away on the Lower East Side is quietly brewing a buttery-smooth 65 percent hot chocolate cup using single-origin cacao nibs sourced from Belize. Not too sweet and without any unnecessary frills, this version really lets the carefully sourced chocolate shine through — a true chocolate lover’s hot chocolate.

148 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002

10. Frenchette Bakery

220 Church St, New York, NY 10013
The “Chartreuse Chamallow” at Frenchette Bakery
The “Chartreuse Chamallow” at Frenchette Bakery
Frenchette Bakery [Official]

When acclaimed restaurant Frenchette took over the beloved Arcade Bakery space inside a Tribeca office building, many fans were worried if they would be able to carry Roger Gural’s sourdough-bread filled torch. And while they’ve done an admirable job, they have also added a few of their own touches, including this luxurious hot chocolate topped with a “Chartreuse Chamallow.” What is it exactly? A toasted marshmallow infused with a hint of Chartreuse liqueur, of course.

220 Church St
New York, NY 10013

11. Borsalia

79 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
A variety of toppings can be added to Borsalia’s hot chocolate
A variety of toppings can be added to Borsalia’s hot chocolate
Borsalia [Official]

This Williamsburg newcomer is a combination coffee shop, chocolatier, pasta café, and Italian market all in one, and its hot chocolate offerings are impressive. Next to the cashier and behind glass rest four hunks of Italian-imported organic, fair trade chocolate: dark, milk, white, and hazelnut. Customers select their base, which is then chopped and combined with steamed milk while they wait. Next, they can add toppings like whipped cream, dried strawberries and raspberries, coconut shavings, pistachios, and chocolate chips—no need to stick to just one.

79 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

12. Fan Fan Doughnuts

448 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

When Fany Gerson closed her original Dough location in Bed-Stuy last year, she turned it into this doughnut shop 2.0, slinging classically shaped creations alongside her proprietary “fan-fans,” long, eclair-like doughnuts with various fillings and toppings. But her wizardry doesn’t stop there. Her hot chocolate is a genius, chocolate-filled play on French onion soup, complete with doughnut croutons bobbing in the mix of bittersweet and milk chocolate with a molten marshmallow topping. You can get the hot chocolate without these additions…but why would you?

448 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

13. The Chocolate Room

269 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
A white hot chocolate from the Chocolate Room
One of four versions of hot chocolate from the Chocolate Room
Gary Duff

This dessert cafe standby with locations in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens offers four versions of its steaming hot chocolate: Classic, with 38 percent milk chocolate and Madagascar vanilla; Dark Hot Chocolate with a blend of bittersweet Belgian pieces and Valrhona cocoa powder; Café Torino, which includes a shot of espresso and splotch of foam; and another favorite, the seasonal Spiced Dark Hot Chocolate, which spikes the dark version with ancho and chipotle chilis, cinnamon, and cloves. And, new for this year, the Court Street location started offering white hot chocolate, too.

269 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

513 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Swap your root beer float for a delightfully overflowing mug of hot chocolate at Carroll Gardens’ ode to the fountain shops of yore. Top it with a generous helping of marshmallow fluff, blow-torched to order and some whipped cream for an over-the-top garnish.

513 Henry St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

15. Ciao, Gloria

550 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Renato Polfitano’s post-Baked second act is this Italian-American-inflected bakery and café in Prospect Heights. His frothy cup of hot chocolate recalls cups of Swiss Miss, but it’s more grown up. The hot chocolate is on the lighter side, made from Valrhona cocoa powder and topped with a homemade marshmallow (at no extra charge). The lightness is ideal, really, because it’s perfect to pair it with one of the irresistible pastries — a slice of banana walnut bread or the “coffee” coffee cake — beckoning from the case.

550 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

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