Where to Drink Hot Chocolate in NYC Break from shopping or sightseeing to warm up at one of these welcoming Manhattan cafés. Budget Travel Monday, Dec 7, 2009, 8:10 AM City Bakery takes its hot chocolate seriously. Baker and chocolatier Maury Rubin has been dreaming up new flavors annually since 1990. (Sarah Amandolare) Budget Travel LLC, 2016


Where to Drink Hot Chocolate in NYC

City Bakery takes its hot chocolate seriously. Baker and chocolatier Maury Rubin has been dreaming up new flavors annually since 1990. (Sarah Amandolare)
Say yes to City Bakery's homemade marshmallow, a fluffy pillow that melts slowly into nearly pudding-thick hot chocolate. (Sarah Amandolare)
Hungry crowds squeeze into City Bakery, a two-level café north of Union Square. (Sarah Amandolare)
Best known for its gourmet coffee, Joe The Art of Coffee also prepares a memorable hot cocoa. (Sarah Amandolare)
At Joe The Art of Coffee, mugs of hot chocolate topped with a swirling heart design are reminiscent of chocolaty cappuccinos. (Sarah Amandolare)
Regulars crowd around bright yellow tables at Joe The Art of Coffee's West Village location, one of five. (Courtesy Joe The Art of Coffee)
Seasonal crafts and logo-emblazoned T-shirts decorate the windows of Chocolate Bar in the West Village. (Sarah Amandolare)
Chocolate Bar uses ground bittersweet-chocolate chips and offers several hot chocolate varieties, such as caramel, raspberry, and peppermint. (Sarah Amandolare)
Chocolate Bar may bill itself as a "candy store for grown-ups," but the easygoing café also sees its share of kids and dogs. (Sarah Amandolare)
Chocolatier Katrina Markoff's international travels inspire unusual flavor combinations at Vosges Haut-Chocolat. (Sarah Amandolare)
Vosges Haut-Chocolat serves its hot chocolate in tall, slender glasses. (Sarah Amandolare)
The interior of the Vosges Haut-Chocolat on tony Madison Avenue, a block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Sarah Amandolare)
Max Brenner draws crowds of Union Square shoppers and tourists and stays open late. (Sarah Amandolare)
The hot chocolate at Max Brenner is suprisingly light and frothy, and it comes in an adorable egg-shaped Hug Mug. (Sarah Amandolare)
Whimsicality rules at Max Brenner, a festive, bi-level space that has cartoonish murals of jolly children. (Sarah Amandolare)
Jacque Torres Chocolate's Tribeca location has an on-site factory that churns out a tempting array of pastries and chocolates. (Sarah Amandolare)
The celebrity name doesn't hurt, but Jacque Torres Chocolate's mildly spicy Wicked hot chocolate, prepared with frothed milk and served with whipped cream, is what brings back repeat customers. (Sarah Amandolare)
Children seem especially taken with Jacque Torres Chocolate's setting: Oversize stuffed star pillows and kid-size tables and chairs are arranged below hulking chandeliers. (Sarah Amandolare)
Duck into MarieBelle for a break from the packed boutiques of Soho. (Sarah Amandolare)
Aztec Hot Chocolate, made with Colombian cacao beans, is MarieBelle's trademark drink. (Sarah Amandolare)
Inside MarieBelle's Cacao Bar and Tea Salon, gilded mirrors reflect silver platters of pastries and white porcelain cups and saucers, and silent films are projected on a wall. (Sarah Amandolare)
Chef Tom Colicchio's 'Wichcraft cafés are refreshingly simple, with menus emphasizing high-quality ingredients and careful preparation. (Sarah Amandolare)
Baristas at 'Wichcraft fill mugs of strikingly flavorful hot chocolate—a rich, dark cocoa taste lingers on the lips. (Sarah Amandolare)
Despite the industrial-chic decor, the Midtown 'Wichcraft makes a great place to warm up after skating or browsing at nearby Bryant Park. (Sarah Amandolare)
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