The freezing cold weather in NYC surrounding Christmas and Hannukah makes hot chocolate a festive go-to for kiddos, especially after a long day of ice-skating and gazing at holiday windows. See the best spots for your favorite frothy beverage below!
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Justly famous for its rich hot chocolate, the bustling joint—conveniently located down the block from Books of Wonder—also offers tot-pleasing savories like chicken wings and mac and cheese, both sold by the pound. Be sure to catch Hot Chocolate Month this February, where kids can try flavors like Sunken Treasure, On a Peanut Butter Barge and Banana Peel, to name a few.Read more
Named the “best place to change a picky eater’s life” by readers, this jewel in the crown of the Time Warner Center complex, courtesy of Thomas Keller (Per Se), does not disappoint. Alongside delicious pastries and lunch options, families will find rich hot chocolate to grab on the go!Read more
Besides offering the usual assortments, truffles and bars (plus more-inventive delicacies such as chocolate-covered cornflakes), this location also houses a full-on ice cream parlor, with such treats as homemade waffle cones and cookie sandwiches. Taste the hot chocolate with Chipotle and Ancho chiles and the traditional hot chocolate ($3.35–$4.25) and enjoy add-ons like peanut butter or candied orange.Read more
With a menu that instructs guests to "Get addicted, be happy," this isn't a place for self-control.The whimsical kids' menu includes such delicacies as the Chocolate Oatmeal Trophy and the Melting Marshmallow Crepe (with gummy bears, vanilla ice cream and, of course, more chocolate). For hot chocolate, try the Italian Thick with vanilla cream or Choco-Pops hot chocolate topped with crunchy chocolate wafer balls ($5.95).Read more
Dominique Ansel honed his skills as executive pastry chef at Daniel for six years before opening this American and French patisserie. Caramelized croissants, miniature pastel meringues and the popular cronut make up the sweet selections at the counter— be sure to wash it down with a tasty cup of hot chocolate (pre-mixed in house) with whipped cream on top for $4.63.Read more