Warm up with decadent hot chocolate at cute spots all over town. Some have multiple locations (lucky us).

More spectacular sweets available in our over-the-top dessert destinations guide and complete kid-friendly food guide.

Glace by Noglu

📍1266 Madison Ave at 91st St.
Daily 11 am–7 pm

This small French ice cream shop has gone viral for its semi-sweet hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a rim of torched marshmallow fluff. Rotating flavors include salted caramel, cookies and creme, and peppermint. Small ‘cute’ size available. 100% gluten-free and organic sandwiches, quiches, pastries and coffee available next door at French cafe Noglu. Only counters inside, take it to go or sit on…


La Maison du Chocolat

📍30 Rockefeller Center
Mon-Fri 10:30  am–7 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–5 pm

Choose from two types of hot chocolate kid-friendly milk chocolate and the super rich Caracas – at this elegant US outposts of this Parisian legend, on 49th St in Rockefeller Center. Shop gorgeous bon-bons and bars, all made by hand in an Atelier in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris with the finest raw ingredients. Pastries, macarons and ice cream also available. Also on the…


Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

📍861 Broadway at 17th St
Mon-Thu & Sun 11 am–11:30 pm Fri-Sat 10:30 am–midnight

Sip decadent Italian hot chocolate by a giant chocolate waterfall at the US outpost of a 140-year-old Italian chocolatier. Shop a vast selection of flavored bon bons and bars plus try gelato in a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine,…


Serendipity 3

📍225 E 60th Street
Daily 11 am – 11 pm

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Hearty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last 67-years. Be prepared for a wait. Minimum food or drink…



📍484 Broome Street
Daily 11 am–7 pm

Sip on thick, delicious signature hot chocolate made from pure cacao shavings instead of chocolate powder to go or seated in an elegant, antique filled Cocoa Bar. Choose from four different flavors; Aztec, Milk Hazelnut, Spiced Chocolate and White Chocolate. Bite size bonbons decorated with unique, colorful cocoa-based design and tins of hot chocolate shavings make excellent (though pricey) gifts. House-made pastries, from lemon tarts,…


Dominique Ansel Bakery

📍189 Spring Street between Sullivan & Thompson
Mon-Thu 8 am–7 pm
Fri-Sat 8 am–8 pm
Sum 9 am–7 pm

A hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow flower, frozen s’mores and milk in a chocolate chip cookie cup are among the innovative treats at this famed French bakery. Also find perfectly executed classics like Kouign-Amann and  nutella croissants, plus spectacular seasonal desserts like What-a-Melon Soft Serve in the summer. Like its famous cronut, the much-loved croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry with flavors that change monthly, these concotions…


Bel Ami

📍30 East 68th Street at Madison
Mon-Fri  7:30 am-6:30 pm Sat - Sun  8:00 am-7:00 pm

This small, authentic French café and patisserie tucked away off Madison Avenue serves delicious, not-too-bitter hot chocolate, plus delicious pastries, an array of macarons, decorated cookies, lattes and more. Limited seating among cute, seasonal decor in a pretty historic district.  


Eat Pretty

📍501 East 83rd Street at York
Mon-Sat 7:30 am-7 pm, Sun 8 am–5 pm

This adorable coffee shop/restaurant has pretty pink, chic details indoors and out. The croissants, eggs, paninis, tacos coffee and more are good, but the main draw is the on over-the-top Pretty Hot Cocoas with seasonal toppings. Only two tables indoors with a few more on the sidewalk.


Eataly Flatiron

📍200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street
Daily, 9 am–10 pm

This giant delicious Italian marketplace has restaurants, food counter and a nutella bar. We love the delizioso pizza, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato…really just about everything. Find the fresh mozzarella making for some entertainment. Seating is limited, especially during lunch and dinner hours when the whole place is crazy crowded, but lovely Madison Square Park is just across the street. Other locations include the…


Max Brenner

📍841 Broadway at East 13th Street
Mon-Fri 12 pm-11 pm
Thu-Sat 11 am–midnight
Sun 10 am–11 pm

Select from nine hot chocolates – Italian Thick, Oreo, Peanut Butter and more – at this huge cafe and store that feels like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss-crossing the space. Choose from a variety of creative, high-quality chocolate concoctions to go, gift or to eat on site.

Salads, paninis, pizza, cocoa spiced waffle fries etc. available on the extensive menu, but the real draw is the over-the-top desserts from marshmallow chocolate pizza to three types of chocolate fondue to a melting s’mores sundae to a syringe full of chocolate goodness. Lots of cocktails, including a chocolate peppermint martini, available for grown-ups.

Advance reservations recommended.


Angelina Paris NYC

📍1050 6th Ave at W 40th Street
Mon-Fri 8 am–8 pm Sat-Sun 9 am–7 pm

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea, sweet treats and savory brasserie classics: Niçoise salad, Croque-Monsieur, onion soup, or the Angelina Croissant filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, or smoked salmon. Light and modern seasonal dishes, from seasonal vegetable soup to a vegan quinoa salad, include gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the hot chocolate, served in a dramatic presentation, is worth the indulgence.