To put it simply, New York does winter very well. Ice skating, lights, iconic sights, holiday traditions, and an abundance of things to do; every detail is accounted for. But as much as we love strolling past the world famous tree at Rockefeller Plaza, or sauntering through Central Park as the snow begins to fall, what really brings it all together for us is a warm, rich mug of hot chocolate.
Fortunately for us weary winter wanderers, there’s no shortage of top-notch spots to grab a cup of cocoa in the city. We’ve selected a few of our favorite places, which run the gamut from bookstores to ice skating rinks, each of them guaranteed to enhance your enjoyment of these chillier months.
MarieBelle – 484 Broome St., SoHo, Manhattan
First up on our tour de chocolate is MarieBelle, a coffee shop and chocolatier tucked into Manhattan’s fashionable SoHo neighborhood. Based on their areas of expertise alone, it’s no surprise that they make a mean cup of cocoa. But they take things a step further by offering an impressive array of flavors in their cavernous and chandelier-lit sipping room. Their white and spicy hot chocolates are worth trying, but you can’t go wrong with a cup of classic cocoa either.
McNally Jackson – 52 Prince St., Nolita, Manhattan
Despite what you might think, if you’ve ever seen the tragically underrated Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail,” New York City still boasts a thriving scene of small, independent booksellers. Part event space, part publisher, part bookstore, and part cafe, it’s easy to watch a day leisurely slip by from McNally Jackson’s cozy confines. Grab a book, grab a seat, grab a hot chocolate, and settle in for a few hours.
Grom – 233 Bleecker St., West Village, Manhattan
Bleecker Street’s Grom is perhaps better known for its gelato, but that doesn’t mean its hot chocolate isn’t among the city’s best. This corner shop’s interior lacks the ambiance of the other spots on this list, but that’s okay. Grom is just a short walk from beautiful Washington Square Park, and we gotta say: not much pairs better on a frosty day than a cup of cocoa and a stroll underneath the park’s famed arch.
The Chocolate Room – 269 Court St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Located near Cobble Hill Cinemas, one of the last remaining one-off movie theaters in the vicinity, The Chocolate Room is a stalwart date night option for residents of Cobble Hill, and the adjacent Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill neighborhoods. As its name suggests, this spot knows its way around a cup of hot chocolate, and is worth the trek to Brooklyn, whether you’re planning on catching a matinee next door or not.
LeFrak Center at Lakeside – 171 East Drive, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Come take a spin around Brooklyn’s best ice skating rink, and grab a cup of cocoa while you’re at it, all without the Manhattan lines. Hot chocolate and ice skating notwithstanding, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside is a special structure. Housed in Brooklyn’s famed Prospect Park, it was completed in 2013, is LEED-certified, and incorporates native plants onto its beautiful green roof.
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