This has been a labor of love. Years ago I wanted to bring this to you, but it never got finished. So now I can finally share some of the best hot chocolate in NYC. There are tons of places to get hot chocolate. Some places are year around and some during the winter months.
I already know I am going to have a sequel to this in the future. For this particular go around I went to 2 places in Manhattan, 2 in Brooklyn, and 3 in Queens. Many of the locations can be found in other boroughs as well. The places I picked were either places I have been to, heard of, or kept seeing over and over everywhere when I asked or looked for hot chocolate around the city. I also paid for all hot chocolates so there is no bias here!
There are 3 locations in Queens and 1 in Brooklyn. I visited one in Long Island City, Queens. It was a quaint coffee spot that also serves hot chocolate and other beverages. They also had areas to get on your laptop and do your thing! I ordered a regular hot chocolate with soy milk. I have to say it was honestly one of my favorite hot chocolates that I tried. Delicious.
I visited the location in Astoria, Queens, but they are also located in Forest Hills and Bayside, Queens. There is also 2 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Martha’s has cakes, ice cream, cookies, coffee, and of course hot chocolate amongst other things. It is a favorite amongst locals who you will find hanging out. Bonus they stay open till around midnight or 1am.
They have different types of hot chocolate including peanut butter, Mexican, Nutella, and my favorite red velvet. I ordered a medium and it was perfect. It wasn’t too hot, tasted amazing, and was gone fairly quickly!
Blue Stripes Cacao Shop
The creator of Max Brenner, the multi national chocolate restaurant, has opened up Blue Stripes. Located in Union Square, Manhattan, they have some great items on the menu. This means I have to go back of course! From here I ordered a regular hot chocolate and I really enjoyed it. They also have Chocolate Clouds, which is a chocolate mousse drink on tap.
I visited the SoHo location, but there is another in the Kitano Hotel, and Kyoto, Japan. However, only the SoHo location has the Cacao Bar. MarieBelle has all types of chocolate for those looking to indulge. In the 15 seat Cacao Bar you can order breakfast, lunch, wine, high tea, and of course hot chocolate.
I wasn’t sure what to order so I asked the host, who recommended their signature Aztec dark hot chocolate. I ordered a large because the small looked like a shot glass worth. It was also the most expensive hot chocolate I ordered, around $8. It was very rich and thick, almost as if they melted a bar of their chocolate.
There are several locations throughout Manhattan. My stop for Jacques Torres took place in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This location is actually the first. They serve ice cream, bon bons, cookies, and more. It is another chocolate lover’s paradise.
I of course try their hot chocolate. Anxious to try, I burnt my tongue. Their hot chocolate was also very rich tasting.
Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory
Last, but not least, located in Bushwick, Brooklyn is the industrial mini Willy Wonka factory, Fine & Raw Chocolate Factory. They are all about sustainability and choosing the highest quality cacao beans. They have all types of chocolate candy and you can see them making it. They ship many places far and local. I even spotted their chocolate at Whole Foods.
I ordered a regular hot chocolate and I could instantly taste the difference in the chocolate. It had its own flavor. Rich, a bit bitter, but good. Definitely something to try! I would go back and try out a milkshake from them as well. Check out some great places to eat around New York while your here!
There is an honorary mention of another hot chocolate spot I tried in Queens, but also located around Manhattan. They only sell hot chocolate seasonly. If you want to find out which place got the honorary mention and what type of speciality hot chocolate I ordered from there, check out the hot chocolate video below. You can also check out all the places I went to above and see for yourself.