We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes in the New York metro area where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and the suburbs, including Westchester and Rockland counties, Bergen County, NJ, and Fairfield County, CT.
Hot Chocolate in Manhattan
Alice’s Tea Cup 102 W. 73rd St., Upper West Side 212-799-3006 Daily, 8am-8pm 156 E. 64th St., Midtown East 212-486-9200 Daily, 8am-8pm 220 E. 81st St., Upper East Side 212-734-4832 Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pm Whimsical Alice in Wonderland themed teahouse carries more than 130 varieties of tea. Perfect stop for afternoon tea. Options for Afternoon Tea include the Wee Tea for children (choice of tea, scone, sandwich from the "menu for the small," and cookies for $15); Nibble (choice of tea, scone, sandwich, and cookies for $23); Mad Hatter (choice of tea, scones, two sandwiches, and a dessert for $30; $37 for two); and, for those throwing caution to the wind, the Jabberwocky (choice of tea, scones, unlimited sandwiches, and two desserts for $38; additional $20 to share). In addition, Alice's serves a traditional hot chocolate, and a Loco Cocoa, with cayenne, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
City Bakery 3 West 18th St., Flatiron 212-366-1414 Monday-Friday, 7:30am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-7pm; Sunday, 9am-6pm The bakery’s classic artisanal hot chocolate is notoriously rich, and is topped with a giant homemade marshmallow. Each February, the bakery hosts its Annual Hot Chocolate Festival with a unique flavor for each day of the month; past flavors include chili pepper hot chocolate, bourbon hot chocolate, and lemon hot chocolate.
Cocoa Bar 21 Clinton St., Lower East Side 212-677-7417 Sunday, 8:30am-11pm; Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-11pm; Friday, 7:30am-1am; Saturday, 8:30am-1am Café by day, wine bar by night, this home of the Chocolatte—espresso mixed with mocha, steamed milk, and melted chocolate—offers hot chocolate in white and dark chocolate, mint, cinnamon, spicy, or funky monkey flavors. Also offers espresso drinks, chocolate, chai and herbal teas.
Jacques Torres 107 E. 42nd St., Grand Central Station 212-922-3620 350 Hudson St., Soho 212-414-2462 327 Lafayette St., Noho 646-370-4719 1186 Third Ave., Upper East Side 212-204-7040 110 E. 57th St., Midtown East 646-852-6624 285 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side 212-787-3256 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center 212-664-1804 Call for location hours Makes its own hot chocolate powder from real chocolate. The Classic Hot Chocolate comes with a variety of add-ins, including handmade, all-natural ingredients (no syrups!) such as peanut butter, caramel, orange, and mocha. All of these flavors can be mixed with ground ancho and chipotle peppers, which transforms the hot chocolate into Wicked Hot Chocolate.
L.A. Burdick 5 E. 20th St., Flatiron 212-796-0143 Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9am-8pm This tea and chocolate shop also sells Burdick famous chocolates and European-inspired pastries. Hot dark, milk, and white drinking chocolates served along with specialty coffee drinks.
MarieBelle 484 Broome St. Soho 212-925-6999 Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday-Sunday, 11am-8pm Relax in the warm atmosphere of a Parisian café, with the aroma of fresh-baked pastries, and a European coffee. Also serves Aztec hot and iced chocolate, fine teas, and exotic fruit smoothies.
Max Brenner 841 Broadway, Union Square 646-467-8803 Sunday-Thursday, 9am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 9am-2am The hot chocolate, which is made with 100-percent chocolate, is a light and frothy beverage that comes in dark, milk, white, or Swiss whipped cream varieties and is served in a Hug Mug. Classic chocolate beverages such as Italian Thick Hot Chocolate with vanilla cream and Mexican Spicy Hot Chocolate with red chili, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper are also on the menu.
Serendipity3 225 E. 60th St., Midtown East 212-838-3531 Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 11:30am-1am The Serendipitous Hot Chocolate is topped with whipped cream, grated orange, cinnamon, and shaved French chocolate. Other options include the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Peanut Butter Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, and Frrrozen Mint Hot Chocolate. Tea-lovers can indulge in one of seven varieties. Serendipity also serves a full lunch and dinner menu.
Tea & Sympathy 108 Greenwich Ave., West Village 212-989-9735 Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-10:30pm; Friday-Sunday, 9:30am-10:30pm Afternoon Tea service includes your choice of tea, six finger sandwiches, two scones with clotted cream and jam, and a piece of cake ($35; $60 for two). In addition, Tea & Sympathy stresses a no-frills environment, with a very kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. Tea is also sold by the pot, and comes in nearly 30 varieties.
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Hot Chocolate in Brooklyn
Cacao Market 67 Guernsey St., Greenpoint Weekdays, 11am- 7pm; weekends 11am-8pm 718-388-5388 From the MarieBelle chocolate family, this ultimate chocolate lover’s destination in Greenpoint is a one-stop-shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. Tour the ganache factory and relax with one of the 15 hot cocoas served in the café.
The Chocolate Room 51 5th Ave., Park Slope 718-783-2900 269 Court St., Cobble Hill 718-246-2600 Sunday-Thursday, 11am-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-12am Hot cocoa three ways: classic milk chocolate, a 61-percent dark bittersweet chocolate, or a spiced dark chocolate made with ancho chiles, cloves, cinnamon, and chipotle. Add homemade marshmallow or fresh whipped cream for an extra $0.75 each. Also serves a full chocolate-themed dessert menu, and chocolate teas.
Cocoa Bar 228 7th Ave., Park Slope 718-499-4080 Sunday, 8am-11pm; Monday-Thursday, 7am-11pm; Friday, 7am-1am; Saturday, 8am-1am Café by day, wine bar by night, this home of the Chocolatte—espresso mixed with mocha, steamed milk, and melted chocolate—offers hot chocolate in white and dark chocolate, mint, cinnamon, spicy, or funky monkey flavors. Also offers espresso drinks, chocolate, chai and herbal teas.
Jacques Torres 66 Water St., Dumbo 718-875-1269 Monday-Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm Makes its own hot chocolate powder from real chocolate. The Classic Hot Chocolate comes with a variety of add-ins, including handmade, all-natural ingredients (no syrups!) such as peanut butter, caramel, orange, and mocha. All of these flavors can be mixed with ground ancho and chipotle peppers, which transforms the hot chocolate into Wicked Hot Chocolate.
Nunu Chocolates 529 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill 718-834-1818 179 5th Ave., Park Slope 718-622-3212 Monday-Friday, 7am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-9pm Grab a box of chocolates made on-site, or sit and enjoy a latte, hot chocolate, craft beer or glass of wine paired with homemade truffles and dipping caramels.
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Hot Chocolate in Queens
Canelle Patisserie 75-59 31st Ave., Jackson Heights 718-565-6200 Monday-Friday, 6:30am-8pm; Saturday, 7am-8pm; Sunday, 7am-4pm Original hot chocolate is a homemade blend of milk and dark chocolate, milk, vanilla, and secret ingredients. The French patisserie also serves more than 10 varieties of Harney and Sons full-leaf teas, as well as classic Lipton. Additionally, it serves a wide array of quiches, sandwiches, cakes, and tarts.
Martha’s Country Bakery 70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills 718-544-0088 36-21 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria 718-545-9737 41-06 Bell Blvd., Bayside 718-225-5200 Sunday-Thursday, 6am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 6am-1am Carries a variety of eight herbal teas, a chai tea, and chai latte. It also serves a homemade hot chocolate, blended from melted Hershey's chocolate and steamed milk. Seasonal flavor varieties include peanut butter and pumpkin hot chocolates. In addition to beverages, Martha's offers desserts and pastries.
13-11 Jackson Ave., Long Island City Pink Canary Desserts 718-729-1819 Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm Though this shop specializes in custom cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts, it’s coffee shop offers classic hot chocolate, coffee and espresso beverages, tea, and a variety of baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan options.
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Suffolk County, Long Island
serves breakfast, lunch, and a full espresso bar in a kid- and stroller-friendly environment. Its rich hot chocolate is made with Guittard chocolate sauces ($2.50-$3) and comes in a variety of flavors. Its specialty hot chocolate, called Campfire Cocoa, is made with milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow syrup and topped with marshmallow cream and graham cracker crumbs. The café carries full-bodied Mighty Leaf teas in 10 varieties ($1.90-$2.40) and offers an organic chai tea latte ($4-$5). Its specialty is the Dirty Hippie, a chai latte with espresso ($4-$5). In November, the café will host a Sunday Jazz Brunch and a free comedy night for parents; more info about both events can be found on the website. 249 Main Street, Northport. 631-262-7656. Caffé Portofino
in Huntington sells coffee and teas from all over the world. It offers about 15 varieties of exclusive and exotic teas, including white, black, and green teas ($2.25-$2.50). Its rich and creamy hot chocolate is a blend of dark chocolate, sweetened cocoa, and steamed milk ($2.25-2.50). Georgio's products are eco-friendly and fair trade-certified. 146 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington. 516-238-2999. Georgio's Coffee Roasters
Tea Time Cottage in Jamesport has a casual environment where country music plays in the background, families can enjoy a walk through the garden, and kids can go outside to feed the goats. It offers 42 different types of tea, from white to green to black ($3.95 for one, $7.50 tea for two, $12.95 tea for four), along with a daily flavor of iced tea and hot chocolate ($2.95). For anyone looking to make their own, the cottage also sells its teas loose by the ¼ lb. ($6.95-$19.95). A lunch menu with soups and sandwiches along with scones and a small variety of baked goods is available. 5913 Sound Avenue, Jamesport. 631-722-5329.
's High Tea for two includes assorted tea sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, mini pastries, fruit tart, and hot or iced tea ($28.75; $55 for the Double High Tea, which serves three to five people). Pots of tea are $2.25-$4.50 per person. It also has a full lunch menu with daily specials. 119A Main Street, Greenport. 631-477-8744. The Greenport Tea Company
Robinson's Tea Room is a full-service restaurant that serves both tea and lunch items such as wraps, salads, sandwiches, soups, and quiches. The tea room provides a quaint English cottage atmosphere for customers and offers a traditional afternoon British tea service by reservation. The tea service includes unlimited tea, iced tea, or coffee; scones; assorted finger sandwiches; and assorted desserts ($25 per person). There are about 75 varieties of tea available, ranging from traditional English Breakfast, jasmine, and apricot to more exotic flavors like Chocolate Macadamian Nut and Butterscotch Caramel Toffee. While you're there, also pick up one of their popular scones ($3.50). Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; closed Mondays. 97 East Main Street, Stony Brook. 631-751-1232.
is a family-owned shop in Greenlawn serving a wide selection of hot beverages. Its hot chocolate can be made with white, dark, or milk chocolate syrup and regular or soy milk ($2.49 and up). All are made from scratch and steamed in an espresso machine. Add a flavor shot, like raspberry, mocha, peppermint, or peanut butter (a popular choice), to make it a special treat (more than 24 flavors to choose from). If you prefer vanilla to chocolate, try the Vanilla Crème, served hot for the colder seasons. The café carries about 25 varieties of tea ($2 and up), and the most popular is its homebrewed chai, made with all-natural ingredients. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, try the Teaspresso-a strong black tea brewed through an espresso machine ($3.29 and up). A variety of baked goods, including gluten-free and sugar-free selections, are available. Free wireless internet, board games, and occasional live music lend a subdued, sit-down quality to the atmosphere. 101 Broadway, Greenlawn. 631-261-7979. Urban Coffee
Nassau County, Long Island
offers a country, French- style atmosphere perfect for brunch or afternoon tea. The teahouse carries about 50 different teas, which include selections of black, green, herbal, fruit, and oolong. A Tea Service is offered at $18 and includes finger sandwiches, scones, and a pot of tea. Tea is also served alone by the pot ($4 for one person; $7 for two). Lunch is served as well and prices range from $7-$13. French-inspired pastries are a staple here and specialties include fruit tarts, macaroons, sweet pies, and freshly baked croissants and brioche. Reservations can be made for tea parties for children or any other occasion. Open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. 230 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre. 516-208-8521. Chat Noir Teahouse
provides a whimsical and comfortable environment to relax with a cup of hot chocolate or tea. Hot chocolate ($3.25) is made with Valrhona cocoa and cacao barry. An assortment of teas is also available ($1.25-$2.2). There is also a huge selection of tasty cupcakes and gluten-free pastries. Available for family-friendly parties (by reservation), such as baby showers or children's birthday parties (the store boasts a pink and brown theme and a candy wall). Open Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm; Sunday 9am-5pm. 61 New Hyde Park Road Garden City. 516-328-2253. The Cupcake Corner
's The Garden City Hotel Rein restaurant serves a traditional afternoon tea, which includes tea sandwiches, scones, pastries, and your choice of tea ($29). The menu also includes an A La Carte section. Rein's Polo Room is available for birthday tea parties, baby shower tea parties, and other special events. Reservations highly recommended as afternoon tea is not available every Saturday. 45 Seventh Street, Garden City. 516-877-9353.
The Witches Brew is a funky, family-friendly spot that carries 85 organic, loose-leaf tea varieties, most of which are organic or fair trade-certified. The teas are served in a cast iron pot ($2.75-$4.75). It also carries several varieties of homemade hot chocolate ($3.00-$5.50), including a standard brew made with milk chocolate, coffee, and hot chocolate combos, soy hot chocolate, and a vegan version made with dark chocolate and topped with vegan marshmallows. One of the unique offerings is the Hot Chocolate Float, made with ice cream and topped with whipped cream. November will bring out the fall-themed teas, which include a dark chocolate matte, pumpkin spice tea, "Get Soothed" tea, and a variety of other wellness teas. Stop by for a late night treat-the café is open till 1:30am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and 12am every other day (closed Monday). 311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead. 516-489-9482.
Hot Chocolate in Westchester County, NY
Chocolations 607 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-777-3600 Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm Sample the multiple frozen hot chocolates, featuring flavors such as peanut butter, mint, caramel, and coffee. The shop also carries regular coffee, many tea varieties, regular hot chocolate, and a decadent thick, dark hot chocolate, sure to be a parent’s delight.
Bread & Cocoa 2110 Boston Post Road, Larchmont 914-834-6463 Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-5pm This sweets shop features a signature thick hot chocolate along with flavors such as peppermint and cayenne. Dishing out made-to-order Belgian waffles and panini, Bread & Cocoa is a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch with a rich cup of cocoa
Coffee Labs Roasters 7 Main St., Tarrytown 914-332-1479 Monday-Tuesday, 6:30am-6:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm; Friday, 6:30am-10:30pm; Saturday, 8am-10:30pm; Sunday, 8am-7pm Widely known for its selection of sustainable coffees and pet-friendly atmosphere, this shop offers a bold hot chocolate featuring small-batch artisan chocolate from the Mast Brothers. The shop continues to serve kid-friendly Ghirardelli hot chocolates, along with a variety of teas. Coffee Labs also serves up locally baked pastries. Live music Fridays and Saturdays, 8-10pm.
The Kneaded Bread 181 N. Main St., Port Chester 914-937-9489 Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Sunday, 8am-1pm The cocoa is made from scratch by melting down a bar of semisweet chocolate and frothing it to order, the result is a thick brew with a hint of cinnamon and cream.
Paleteria Fernandez 33 N. Main St., Port Chester 350 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck 914-939-3694 Daily, 10am-10pm Offering a more exotic blend, serves up a delicious, homemade champurrado, Mexican hot chocolate thickened with masa harina (finely ground corn powder). The result is a filling, rich blend, the perfect compliment to the restaurant’s esquite, a hot corn dish accompanied by seasonings and cheeses.
Peekskill Coffee House 101 S. Division St., Peekskill 914-739-1287 Monday-Thursday, 6am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 6am-10pm; Sunday, 7am-7pm Serves a signature hot chocolate, with the option to flavor with a selection of 12 syrups. If you prefer chai, the coffee house offers fair trade and organic tea in original, honey-vanilla, and decaf varieties, or try the yerba mate for a uniquely South American flavor. Live music on Fridays and Sundays.
Silver Tips Tea Room 3 N. Broadway (Route 9), Tarrytown 914-332-8515 Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pm Serious about its love of tea, this room is home to nearly 175 varieties of full-leaf blends in two-cup, four-cup, and six-cup pots. Silver Tips also features an Afternoon Tea that includes two tea sandwiches, a scone with cream and preserves, a slice of cake, and your choice of a two-cup teapot.
Slave to the Grind 58 Pondfield Road, Bronxville 914-961-7777 Friday-Saturday, 6am-11:30pm; Sunday, 7am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 6am-10pm Popular with families and Sarah Lawrence students alike, this shop features three chai teas: original, vanilla, and spiced. Slave is also home to three hot chocolates—original, peppermint, and hazelnut—and a variety of teas, including herbal raspberry.
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Hot Chocolate in Rockland County
787 Chestnut Ridge Road, Spring Valley American Bulldog Coffee Roasters 845-352-5282 Monday-Friday, 7am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-3pm A laid-back café where you can hang out with a strong coffee, hot blended drinks, including chocolate chai, and fresh baked goods.
65 S. Broadway, Nyack Art Café of Nyack 845-353-4230 Sunday-Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-12am This cozy coffee shop serves organic coffees, black and herbal teas, traditional and white hot chocolate, and hot flavored steamers. A full menu of healthy Israeli-inspired cuisine, and adult beverages are also served in the evening. Art displays and exhibits, and live music on the weekends.
460 Piermont Ave., Piermont Bunbury’s Coffee Shop 845-398-9715 Daily, 7am-6pm Menu offers 20 types of teas, high-quality coffees, blended coffee drinks, homemade hot chocolate and hot apple cider, as well as fresh muffins, scones, cookies, bagels, and sandwiches made daily.
426 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack Lulu’s Café 845-358-5822 Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm This retro-inspired café serves up brunch on the weekends, and lunch and dinner during the week. Also serves traditional and flavored hot tea, chai lattes, and Ghirardelli hot chocolate with all the fixings.
80½ Main St., Nyack Temptations Café 845-353-3355 Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 11:30am-10pm Offers herbal, black, and green teas, chai lattes, coffee drinks, and homemade hot chocolate with whipped cream. Serves fresh home cooked soups and sandwiches, as well as sweets, such as brownies, pies, and cakes.
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Hot Chocolate in Bergen County, NJ
31 N. Broad St., Ridgewood American Bulldog Coffee Roasters 201-857-4176 Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-7pm; Sunday 8am-5pm A laid-back café where you can hang out with a strong coffee, hot blended drinks, including chocolate chai, and fresh baked goods.
425-429 Broadway, Westwood Caffé Anello 201-497-3628 Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm; Friday, 6:30am-10pm; Saturday, 7:30am-10pm; Sunday, 9am-2pm Offers classic hot chocolate with whipped cream, as well as its specialty hot chocolate, which is dark, milk, or white chocolate blended with Nutella, Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, cake batter, or banana split and topped with whipped cream. The café also offers traditional coffee and espresso drinks, teas, crepes, and baked goods.
108 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters 201-556-0111 Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pm Offers five different hot chocolate drinks, all made with real chocolate, as well as whole-leaf teas, coffee and espresso beverages, and baked goods.
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Hot Chocolate in Fairfield County, CT
Arogya Teas 131 Post Road E., Westport 203-226-2682 Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm Offers more than a hundred pure and blended teas ranging from traditional, imported Chinese and Japanese selections, as well as medicinal, and seasonal signature blended concoctions.
Chocopologie 12 S. Main St., Norwalk 203-854-4754 Wednesday, 11am-9pm; Thursday, 11am-10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11am-12pm; Sunday, 10:30am-5pm. The café and retail store, offering goodies from Knipschildt Chocolatier, provides a “behind the scenes peek” into old fashioned, handmade chocolate making. Specialties include Chocopologie, a half-espresso, half-dark chocolate drink, topped with lavender foam. Also serves Turkish coffee, spicy hot chocolate, frozen hot chocolate, and milk shakes. Soups, sandwiches, salads, and crepes also offered.
Connecticut Muffin 108 Main St., New Canaan 203-972-7557 Monday-Saturday, 6am-5pm; Sunday, 6am-2pm Hot chocolate made from steamed milk (regular or skim), and an assortment of syrups to flavor it to one’s liking. The café also offers more than 10 loose-leaf tea blends, an array of all-natural muffins and scones, and lunch specials, including panini.
The Drawing Room 220 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob 203-661-3737 Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm Serves breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea with fresh scones, butters and jams, and finger sandwiches. Offers an extensive menu of herbal, oolong, green, and black teas by the pot or as a tea latte; as well as hot coffee beverages and decadent desserts.
Rosies 27 Elm St., New Canaan 203-966-8998 Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-4pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm Serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch, as well as espresso drinks, herbal and flavored teas, and hot chocolate with steamed milk and whipped cream.
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