Best Hot Chocolate Drinks in New York City 2011
Pop 5: Heavenly Hot Cocoa Spots Around Town
And just as quickly as October arrived, it's already over. Let's take a quick "roll call" on which sugary candidates made a Pop 5 appearance this month: cupcakes, cookies, pumpkin pie, and macarons. Lest we forget, today's feel-good roundup: the best hot cocoa spots in NYC, just in time to warm us up as Winter's chill takes over. Oh, there's nothing like starting November on a (sugar) high note.
- Arguably the most renowned and tastiest of the bunch, The City Bakery (3 W. 18th St., 212-366-1414) delivers a ridiculously rich yet classic hot chocolate. And no City Bakery cocoa concoction is complete without its homemade marshmallow "cherry on top," which really seals the deal on this no-brainer hot chocolate best. Don't forget — every February, the bakery hosts its annual hot chocolate festival, with 28 days of oddball and traditional chocolate flavors on deck to taste test.
- Jacques Torres (350 Hudson St., 212-414-2462; various locations): By now, Mr. Chocolate, aka Jacques Torres, is a household name for New York chocoholics. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the choco-genius offers up his own awesome version of hot cocoa. Torres's hot chocolate is incredibly thick, rich, and pure — and if you really want to try his very best, opt for a "wicked" hot cocoa; it's got quite a kick.
- Cafe Grumpy (224 W. 20th St., 212-255-5511; 13 Essex St.; 383 Seventh Ave., 718-499-4404; 193 Meserole Ave., 718-349-7623) may be a java haven, but don't underestimate the quality of its simple and delicious hot chocolate. All four citywide cafes use an exclusive blend of stone-ground Taza Chocolate to create a frothy and very pretty-looking cup of cocoa.
- La Maison du Chocolat (30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-265-9404; 1018 Madison Ave., 212-744-7117; 63 Wall St., 212-952-1123): This Parisian-based chain offers up an amazing cup of bittersweet Caracas cocoa. If you're of the not-so-sweet hot chocolate persuasion, there's simply no other option than this one. Cocoa to stay? Warm up with a rich dose of the stuff, served in beautiful porcelain china. Leave it to the French to keep their hot chocolate ultra classy.
- Don't be scared off by Max Brenner's (841 Broadway, 212-388-0030) seemingly children's amusement park ethos. Inside the Bald Man's chocolate wonderland, there's some serious chocolate street cred to be acknowledged. You'll find yourself sipping on a dark, thick, Italian-inspired hot chocolate rendition from a conveniently shaped hug mug; or if you're not into the darker stuff, choose from countless Brenner cocoa options like crunchy chocolate wafer balls and caramel toffee.