We've highlighted some of the coziest cafes on Long Island where families can grab a steaming mug of cold-weather beverages like hot cocoa or tea. Our guide includes sweet stops in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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Hot Chocolate in Nassau County
Chat Noir Teahouse
230 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre
Offers a country, French-style atmosphere perfect for brunch or afternoon tea. The teahouse carries nearly 50 different teas, including black, green, herbal, fruit, and oolong. Tea Service includes finger sandwiches, scones, and a pot of tea. Tea is also served alone by the pot. 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.
The Cup Coffeehouse
3268 Railroad Ave., Wantagh
Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-12am; Friday-Saturday, 6pm-2am
A Brooklyn-style coffee shop straight out of the 1970s, serves up a variety of hot beverages, such as mocha cocoa, hot chocolates, gingerbread lattes, and specialty teas. If you want it cold, try the frozen hot chocolate or an ice cream frappe. Also serves pies, deserts, hot fudge sundaes, and classic diner snacks such as spicy fries, nachos, and flatbread sandwiches.
The Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday, 12pm-12am; Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-1am
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. It also carries several varieties of homemade hot chocolate, 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.
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Hot Chocolate in Suffolk County
249 Main St., Northport
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 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 and offers an organic chai tea latte. Its specialty is the Dirty Hippie, a chai latte with espresso.
Georgio's Coffee Roasters
1965 New Highway, Farmingdale
Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm; Saturday, 9:30am-4pm
Sells coffee and teas from all over the world. It offers nearly 15 varieties of exclusive and exotic teas, including white, black, and green teas. Its rich and creamy hot chocolate is a blend of dark chocolate, sweetened cocoa, and steamed milk. Georgio's products are eco-friendly and fair trade-certified.
Robinson's Tea Room
97 E. Main St., Stony Brook
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
A full-service restaurant that serves both tea and lunch items such as wraps, salads, soups, and quiches. Tea service includes unlimited tea, iced tea, or coffee; scones; assorted finger sandwiches; and assorted desserts. There are nearly 75 varieties of tea available, ranging from traditional English breakfast, jasmine, and apricot to more exotic flavors such as chocolate macadamia nut and butterscotch caramel toffee.
101 Broadway, Greenlawn
Monday-Friday, 5:15am-9pm; Saturday, 6:30am-9pm; Sunday, 6:30am-8pm
This family-owned shop’s hot chocolate can be made with white, dark, or milk chocolate syrup and regular or soy milk. Add a flavor shot, such as 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 approximately 25 varieties of tea—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. A variety of baked goods, including gluten-free and sugar-free selections, are available.
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