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The best hot chocolate in New York City for families

Need to warm the kids up with a big frothy cup of cocoa this season? Check out our favorite hot chocolate hotspots in NYC

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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Best hot chocolate in NYC

Shake Shack

Critics' pick

The single cheeseburgers at this ever-expanding franchise are perfectly kid-sized (and reasonably priced at less than $5), but in winter, you're really visiting for the hot chocolate. Try Shake Shack's rich and creamy Shack-made salted caramel cocoa ($3.50) to stay cozy.

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Flatiron

City Bakery

Critics' pick

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.

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Flatiron

Bouchon Bakery

Critics' pick

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!

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Upper West Side

The Chocolate Room

Kids can indulge in sublime treats like a decadent brownie sundae or a simple choco-covered pretzel. While you're at it, try The Chocolate Room's Classic Hot Chocolate ($4.75) infused with Madagascar Vanilla, or the Frozen Hot Chocolate ($7), topped with whipped cream.

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Carroll Gardens

Jacques Torres Chocolate

Critics' pick

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.

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Downtown

Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man

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).

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Greenwich Village

Dominique Ansel Bakery

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.

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Soho

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