City Bakery

The hot chocolate here is thick and velvety on the tongue. Just one cup is enough to induce hot flashes, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to finish it. The flavour is well-balanced and is neither too bitter nor too sweet. For more moderate appetites, the concoction comes in shot-sized servings.

3 W 18th St (between 5th Ave & Avenue of the Americas)
New York, NY 10011
(212) 366-1414

Jacques Torres

They serve classic and “wicked” hot chocolate here. The wicked is mildly spicy, with heat from allspice, cinnamon, ancho and chipotle chillies. Although richer than standard, it is drinkable, not excessively viscous like the spoon-coating versions at most high-end joints.

66 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

(718) 875-9772

Dessert Truck Works

The cupful at this dessert specialist is made from a mix of high-quality Valrhona and Guittard chocolates. It is also likely the heaviest in town. Made with cream, it is more like chocolate sauce than a drink.

6 Clinton St. (between Avenue B & Houston St)
New York, NY 10002

(212) 228-0701

Grom Gelato

The deep dark chocolate flavour of this version makes it a winner. The pleasant bitterness is nicely countered with their house-made whipped cream. The cream, which is lush and only barely sweet, costs 50 cents. But it is well worth it for the ultimate experience.

233 Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10022

(212) 206-1738

Otto

Non-traditionalists might prefer the hazelnut-steeped beverage at Otto. Called the Gianduja Calda, this Italian hot chocolate is topped with a whipped cream and served with shortbread. The buttery cookie is the perfect complement. Munch on it in between sips. If only they had it all year round. It’s a seasonal winter drink.

1 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003

(212) 995-9559

The hot chocolates listed here are commonly lauded and widely-acclaimed. But New York City is also home to many other great chocolate experiences. For more recommendations look at local publications like Zagat and New York Magazine or join chocolate tours with companies like New York Food Tours.