Top 5 Hot Chocolate Cafes in New York City

If hot chocolate is on your mind this winter season, you are not alone. Especially thinking about the upcoming Chocolate Festival in London. There is nothing more comforting than a good cup of hot chocolate when the weather gets chilly and your nose turns red like Rudolph’s. However, you should remember one thing when it comes to finding a good cafe in New York City. That is to skip the coffee shops that serve powdered ones. Powdered hot chocolate could often taste like wood, which kills the whole point of enjoying the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Instead, head out to a place that will take you to a chocolate land. Here’s New York City’s best hot chocolate cafes for you to indulge yourself in chocolate.

Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

Hot Chocolate in New York City

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Jacques Torres

When you are at Jacques Torres, there’s no doubt that you will have a difficult time picking between the Classic and Wicked hot chocolates. One boasts subtle, tingly touch of heat from chili peppers while the other is a luxurious and straightforward favorite that runs on the sweet side. These are not your ordinary hot chocolates so take your pick and enjoy the slow flowing sipper on a cold evening.

Address: 350 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 | Telephone: (212) 414-2462

Dominique Ansel Bakery

After a day of holiday shopping in NYC, rest your weary feet at Dominique Ansel Bakery. This is a cozy place with plenty of seating. If you know your hot chocolate, you’ll want to linger with a cup of hot chocolate that is thin in texture and generous in topping of frosty milk chocolate foam. Of course it doesn’t have to end with it. Spoil yourself with some favorites like their signature Macaroons, Butternut-squash Soup with Cinnamon Marshmallows and Dominique’s Kouign Amann (a sort of caramelized croissant).

Address: 189 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 | Telephone: (212) 219-2773


Otto is a little classic Italian restaurant. Though they are famous for pizzas and fresh salads, they’re also famous hot chocolates. Slide into Otto after a evening touring New York. There is one hot chocolate that goes by the name Gianduja Calda, which is a must try! It is served in an Italian coffee mug with steaming blend of two types of chocolate & hazelnut infused milk. The whipped cream and buttery shortbread squares are an automatic bonus. It sure is a chocolate heaven.

Address: 1 – 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003 | Telephone: (212) 995-9559

The City Bakery

The name says it all when it comes to The City Bakery. The City Bakery is filled with savory tomato sandwiches, caramelized French toast, Mexican tortilla soups and of course hot chocolate. Their classic hot chocolate that is pudding thick and topped with a fluffy house-made marshmallow cube is worth visiting them any day of the year. Be sure to keep your calendar open for February because they hold a Hot Chocolate Festival where you will be able to taste a different flavor every day of the month!

Address: 3 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 | Telephone: (646) 722-6565

La Maison du Chocolat

Perfectly located a block away from the Rockefeller Center, La Masion du Chocolat is the perfect place to warm up after skating. Sink into a dark and creamy hot chocolate served in fine china and topped with whipped cream. The mousse is indulgent but not too excessively rich. It is voluptuous but not too rich from egg yolks, butter and heavy cream. If that’s not enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, enjoy tennis ball size crunchy Pralines. This should satisfy any chocolate lover’s immediate gratification.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 | Telephone: (212) 265-9404

There you have it, the top 5 places in New York City where you can have a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate. Which one is your favorite?

2 Responses to “Top 5 Hot Chocolate Cafes in New York City”

  1. Adeline says:

    Great selection, Shamis! The City Bakery is definitely going to be on the top of my list when I manage to visit NYC again. :D
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