Food & Drink

The NYC hot chocolate checklist

Published On 02/10/2014 Published On 02/10/2014
Best Hot Chocolate NYC
Andrew Zimmer
Max Brenner
Jacque Torres
Nunu
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1. Nunu Chocolates 529 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Serving up truffles and chocolates with multiple locations across the city, Nunu creates artistic chocolate concoctions like their Frozen Hot Chocolate and more out of their flagship Boerum Hill store.

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2. Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory 288 Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Fine & Raw promises you a "flavor journey" with their responsibly sourced ingredients and low heat techniques that deliver tasty chocolate confections to your face.

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3. LeChurro 1236 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

LeChurro is outfitted with churro equipment shipped in directly from Spain and a staff "trained by a real churrero." This joint offers cones of churros with special holders for dipping sauces (chocolate, passion fruit, milky caramel...), chocolate dipped churros, and Spanish-style hot chocolate you're supposed to dip the sticks in.

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4. Caffe Lavazza 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010 (Midtown)

Italians are no slouches when it comes to hot drinks and the coffee and hot chocolate at Caffe Lavazza certainly proves that. Pro tip: order the cioccolata con panna that's loaded with up whipped cream and a small dusting of chocolate.

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5. MarieBelle 484 Broome St, New York, NY 10013 (Lower East Side)

The folks at MarieBelle pride themselves on cooking up artisanal chocolates and sweets with a wide array of ingredients and flavors.

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6. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream 48 1/2 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

With numerous locations, Van Leeuwen has a pretty good handle on their trade throughout the city. And that trade it churning out delicious ice cream, cafe favorites, and gourmet hot chocolate.

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7. Momofuku Milk Bar 251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

The original, pint-size location of pastry wizard Christina Tosi's Milk Bar serves all of her signature confections: the sugar-and-butter-based crack pie, birthday cake truffle balls, and the pretzel-potato-chip-coffee-oatmeal-butterscotch-and-chocolate-chip creation known as the compost cookie. Milk Bar's most famous outpost is arguably its cereal milk soft serve, which tastes like a creamier and sweeter version of the leftover milk in a bowl of cornflakes.

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8. The City Bakery 3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011 (Union Square)

This bakery-cum-farmers market is an exceptional place to dive into to get away from the bustle of Union Square. They're acclaimed for their hot chocolate, but are still front-runners in mostly everything.

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9. Max Brenner 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (Union Square)

From milkshakes to fondue to pastries, Max Brenner is the master of all things chocolate, serving up mind-blowing choco concoctions, like their dessert pizza with marshmallows, hazelnuts, and milk AND white chocolate.

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10. SALUD 107 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012 (Soho)

This family-owned eatery serves up Latin-inspired fare, like their chicken tortas and smoothies, using organic ingredients only found in Mexico.

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11. Jacques Torres Chocolate 350 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014 (Soho)

This chocolatier is well-known for all of its locations around the city. You can go the traditional route and get some of their famous and delicious candy, or you could try their award-winning hot chocolate. The options are nearly endless.

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12. Winter Warmers 808 B Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

These s'more connoisseurs are firing up crazy combos to an ever-exciting and sometimes-changing menu.

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13. Francois Payard Bakery 116 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (Greenwich Village)

Noted Ho Ho hater Francois Payard has built an empire for himself, both in Manhattan and abroad. His macarons tend to get most of the hype -- and seeing as they come in flavors ranging from raspberry lychee to salted caramel, it's easy to see why -- but don't just stick to small bites here. His mousses and meringues are not to be missed, and neither is his hot chocolate.

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14. Cocoa Bar 21 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This LES hangout pairs up chocolate with coffees, wines, and beers -- because fat, buzzed, and hyper-caffeinated is a great way to go through life, son.

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15. Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar 1 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

With small plate tapas offerings like crispy baby shrimp dumplings and more, Ayza pairs their delicious eats with a bevy of wine offerings, plus next-level desserts like their 20 layer crepes cake brulee.

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