UPDATED: November 2015: We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes in New York City where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Hot Chocolate and Tea 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 and Tea 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 and Tea 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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