| Jan. 15, 2021
The only upside to arctic-level winds and donning a giant puffer coat for every outing is that we have the perfect excuse to pick up our favorite hand-warmer: a piping-hot cup of cocoa. Ahead, the best hot chocolate in NYC, from unexpected renditions to classics with a kick.
1. DAILY PROVISIONS
Made with a rich ganache using Vesta dark and milk hot chocolates, this delicious seasonal treat pops with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, and is topped with whipped cream and a vanilla marshmallow. Available with non-dairy milk options (oat, almond, soy), the team here will also mix hot chocolate ganache into coffee for a mouthwatering (and energizing) mocha if you request it. Currently offering pickup and delivery.
2. BREADS BAKERY
Breads Bakery is offering a thick hot chocolate ganache made with dark and milk chocolate and heavy cream. To get the perfect flavor and consistency, they start the mixing process 24 hours before it’s served. Available for pickup and delivery.
Multiple locations; breadsbakery.com
3. LEVAIN BAKERY
While most known for over-the-top, ooey gooey cookies, Levain Bakery is taking a more minimal approach with their hot chocolate. They use just two ingredients: a generous amount of Valrhona dark chocolate (shaved by hand daily), blended with dairy, oat, or almond milk until frothy and rich. It’s the perfect dipping vessel for their cookies and pastries, because what better way to warm up on a chilly day than with baked goods and hot chocolate? Mocha lovers can also request a shot or two of espresso, and those who enjoy cold drinks year-round can have theirs served over ice.
Multiple locations; levainbakery.com
Calling this a mere “hot chocolate” does not do it justice. In these trying times, we’re craving a hot chocolate that not only warms our soul, but also puts us at ease. Cue Bubby’s, the famed pie and brunch spot in Tribeca. Their Valrhona Hot Chocolate is a decadent concoction on its own that comes with a homemade marshmallow, but chef/owner Ron Silver (also founder of CBD company Azuca) is also giving customers the option to add a 25mg dose of hemp-derived CBD sugar to their hot chocolate. Available for outdoor seating, delivery, and takeout.
120 Hudson St; 212-219-0666
5. SUNDAY IN BROOKLYN
One of Williamsburg’s favorite brunch spots has a cinnamon-y hot chocolate gracing its menu that’s the perfect accompaniment to their famous avocado toast or hazelnut maple praline pancakes. It’s simple yet sweet and dairy-free to boot. Available for pickup or outdoor dining.
348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; sundayinbrooklyn.com
The lovely French restaurant Loulou in Chelsea offers a classic hot chocolate that’s quite delicious, but we are here for the spiced hot chocolate with Tanteo Habanero tequila, hazelnut liqueur, Valrhona dark chocolate, brown sugar and heavy cream. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s topped with whipped cream and orange zest. Available for outdoor dining and to-go.