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Best Hot Chocolates and Teas in the New York Metro Area

Best Hot Chocolates and Teas in the New York Metro Area

Our favorite spots to warm up with a hot beverage on a winter day.

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. Because after a long day of winter activities, who wouldn't love something warm to sip on? Whether you've just finished ice-skating or are simply in the mood for something sweet, you'll find what you need to keep the kids entertained in winter and relax a little. 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.

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Hot Chocolate in Manhattan

Alice’s Tea Cup
102 W. 73rd St., Upper West Side
Daily, 8am-8pm
156 E. 64th St., Midtown East
Daily, 8am-8pm
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
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6pm; Saturday, 8am-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 have included chili pepper hot chocolate, bourbon hot chocolate, and lemon hot chocolate.

Cocoa Bar
21 Clinton St., Lower East Side
Sunday, 10am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 4-11pm; Friday, 4pm-12:30am; Saturday, 10am-12:30am 
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
350 Hudson St., Soho
212-414-2462 ext. 23
327 Lafayette St., Noho
1186 Third Ave., Upper East Side
110 E. 57th St., Midtown East
285 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side
30 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center
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
156 Prince St., Soho
Sunday, 10am-8pm; Monday-Saturday, 8am-9pm
This tea and chocolate shop also sells Burdick's famous chocolates and European-inspired pastries. Hot dark, milk, and white drinking chocolates served along with specialty coffee drinks.

484 Broome St. Soho
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
Monday-Thursday, 9am-1am; Friday, 9am-2am; Sunday, 9am-12am
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.

225 E. 60th St., Midtown East
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
Monday-Friday, 11am-10:30pm; Saturday, 9:30am-10:30pm; Sunday, 9:30am-10pm
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
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
269 Court St., Cobble Hill
Sunday-Thursday, 12-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 12pm-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.

228 7th Ave., Park Slope
609 Vanderbilt Ave.; Prospect Heights
Park Slope hours: Monday-Thursday, 7am-10:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-12am; Sunday, 7:30am-10:30pm
Prospect Heights hours: Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm; Friday, 7am-9pm; Saturday, 8am-9pm; Sunday, 8am-8pm
Some of the best hot chocolate in New York can be found at Chocolateria, the Brooklyn chocolate boutique and wine bar where you can stop in for cold weather specialties like the peppermint hot chocolate or the toasted marshmallow latte. If peppermint isn’t your thing, try the hot chocolate in dark, cinnamon, almond, or even white chocolate.

Jacques Torres
66 Water St., Dumbo
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.

Martha’s Country Bakery
263 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
175 Bedford Ave.. Williamsburg
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.

Nunu Chocolates
529 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill
179 5th Ave., Park Slope
Boerum Hill hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm
Park Slope hours:  Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 9am-9pm; Wednesday and Sunday, 10am-7pm
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
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, Canelle serves a wide array of quiches, sandwiches, cakes, and tarts.

Martha’s Country Bakery
70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills
36-21 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
41-06 Bell Blvd., Bayside
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.

Pink Canary Desserts
13-11 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Tuesday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm
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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Hot Chocolate on Long Island

Caffé Portofino
249 Main St., Northport
Daily, 7am-8pm
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.

Chat Noir Teahouse
230 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre
Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
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, desserts, hot fudge sundaes, and classic diner snacks such as spicy fries, nachos, and flatbread sandwiches.

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Georgio's Coffee Roasters
1965 New Highway, Farmingdale
Monday, 8am-4pm; 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
Saturday-Thursday, 10:30am-4pm; Friday, 10:30am-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.

Urban Coffee
101 Broadway, Greenlawn
Monday-Friday, 5:15am-9pm; Saturday, 6:30am-9pm; Sunday, 6:30am-7pm
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. 

The Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-12am; Friday-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. Cash only.

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Hot Chocolate in Westchester County 

607 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 4pmSample 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
Tuesday-Thursday and 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
Monday-Tuesday, 6am-6:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 6am-8pm; Friday, 6am-10:30pm; Saturday, 7am-10:30pm; Sunday, 7am-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
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
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
Monday-Thursday, 6am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 6am-9pm; Sunday, 7am-6pm
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.

Slave to the Grind
58 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
Monday-Friday, 6am-11pm; Saturday 6:30am-11pm; Sunday, 6:30am-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 

American Bulldog Coffee Roasters
787 Chestnut Ridge Road, Spring Valley
Monday-Friday, 7am-8pm; 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. 

Art Café of Nyack
65 S. Broadway, Nyack 
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. 

Bunbury’s Coffee Shop
460 Piermont Ave., Piermont
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. 

Lulu’s Café 
726 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack
Sunday-Monday, 9am-3pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 9am-9pm 
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. 

Temptations Café 
80½ Main St., Nyack 
Monday-Friday, 11:30am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-8:30pm 
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

American Bulldog Coffee Roasters
31 N. Broad St., Ridgewood
Monday-Wednesday, 7am-5pm; Thursday-Friday 7am-6pm; Saturday, 8am-6pm; 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. 

Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters
108 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood
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.

Sogno Coffee and Crepes
11 Madison Ave., Westwood
551-486-1193; caffeanello.com
Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm; Friday, 6:30am-10pm; Saturday, 8:30am-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 and banana, S’moreo, red velvet, cake batter, or chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with whipped cream. The café also offers traditional coffee and espresso drinks, teas, crepes, and baked goods.

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Hot Chocolate in Fairfield County, CT

Arogya Teas
131 Post Road E., Westport
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.

Connecticut Muffin
108 Main St., New Canaan
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
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.

27 Elm St., New Canaan
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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