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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.
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Alice’s Tea Cup102 W. 73rd St., Upper West Side212-799-3006Daily, 8am-8pm156 E. 64th St., Midtown East212-486-9200Daily, 8am-8pm220 E. 81st St., Upper East Side212-734-4832Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday, 8am-6pmWhimsical 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 Bakery3 West 18th St., Flatiron212-366-1414Monday-Friday, 7:30am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-7pm; Sunday, 9am-6pmThe 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 Bar21 Clinton St., Lower East Side212-677-7417Sunday, 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 Torres107 E. 42nd St., Grand Central Station212-922-3620350 Hudson St., Soho212-414-2462327 Lafayette St., Noho646-370-47191186 Third Ave., Upper East Side212-204-7040110 E. 57th St., Midtown East646-852-6624285 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side212-787-325630 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center212-664-1804Call for location hoursMakes 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. Burdick5 E. 20th St., Flatiron212-796-0143Sunday-Wednesday, 11am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 9am-8pmThis 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.
MarieBelle484 Broome St. Soho212-925-6999Monday-Thursday, 11am-7pm; Friday-Sunday, 11am-8pmRelax 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 Brenner841 Broadway, Union Square646-467-8803Sunday-Thursday, 9am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 9am-2amThe 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.
Serendipity3225 E. 60th St., Midtown East212-838-3531Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 11:30am-1amThe 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 & Sympathy108 Greenwich Ave., West Village212-989-9735Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-10:30pm; Friday-Sunday, 9:30am-10:30pmAfternoon 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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Cacao Market67 Guernsey St., GreenpointWeekdays, 11am- 7pm; weekends 11am-8pm718-388-5388From 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 Room51 5th Ave., Park Slope718-783-2900269 Court St., Cobble Hill718-246-2600Sunday-Thursday, 11am-11pm; Friday-Saturday, 11am-12amHot 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 Bar228 7th Ave., Park Slope718-499-4080Sunday, 8am-11pm; Monday-Thursday, 7am-11pm; Friday, 7am-1am; Saturday, 8am-1amCafé 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 Torres66 Water St., Dumbo718-875-1269Monday-Saturday, 9am-8pm; Sunday, 10am-6pmMakes 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 Chocolates529 Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill718-834-1818179 5th Ave., Park Slope718-622-3212Monday-Friday, 7am-9pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-9pmGrab 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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Canelle Patisserie75-59 31st Ave., Jackson Heights718-565-6200Monday-Friday, 6:30am-8pm; Saturday, 7am-8pm; Sunday, 7am-4pmOriginal 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 Bakery70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills718-544-008836-21 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria718-545-973741-06 Bell Blvd., Bayside718-225-5200Sunday-Thursday, 6am-12am; Friday-Saturday, 6am-1amCarries 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 Desserts13-11 Jackson Ave., Long Island City718-729-1819Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-6pmThough 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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Caffé Portofino249 Main St., Northport631-262-7656Daily, 7am-8pmServes 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 Teahouse230 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre516-208-8521Monday-Friday, 8am-5pmOffers 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 Coffeehouse3268 Railroad Ave., Wantagh516-826-9533Sunday-Thursday, 6pm-12am; Friday-Saturday, 6pm-2amA 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.
Georgio's Coffee Roasters1965 New Highway, Farmingdale516-238-2999Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5:30pm; Saturday, 9:30am-4pmSells 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 Brook631-751-1232Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pmA 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 Coffee101 Broadway, Greenlawn631-261-7979Monday-Friday, 5:15am-9pm; Saturday, 6:30am-9pm; Sunday, 6:30am-8pmThis 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 Brew311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead516-489-9482Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday, 12pm-12am; Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-1amA 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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Chocolations607 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck914-777-3600Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pmSample 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 & Cocoa2110 Boston Post Road, Larchmont914-834-6463Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-5pmThis 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 Roasters7 Main St., Tarrytown914-332-1479Monday-Tuesday, 6:30am-6:30pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm; Friday, 6:30am-10:30pm; Saturday, 8am-10:30pm; Sunday, 8am-7pmWidely 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 Bread181 N. Main St., Port Chester914-937-9489Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; Sunday, 8am-1pmThe 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 Fernandez33 N. Main St., Port Chester350 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck914-939-3694Daily, 10am-10pmOffering 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 House101 S. Division St., Peekskill914-739-1287Monday-Thursday, 6am-9pm; Friday-Saturday, 6am-10pm; Sunday, 7am-7pmServes 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 Room3 N. Broadway (Route 9), Tarrytown914-332-8515Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 11am-6pmSerious 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 Grind58 Pondfield Road, Bronxville914-961-7777Friday-Saturday, 6am-11:30pm; Sunday, 7am-10pm; Monday-Thursday, 6am-10pmPopular 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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American Bulldog Coffee Roasters787 Chestnut Ridge Road, Spring Valley845-352-5282Monday-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.
Art Café of Nyack65 S. Broadway, Nyack 845-353-4230Sunday-Thursday, 7am-10pm; Friday-Saturday, 7am-12amThis 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 Shop460 Piermont Ave., Piermont845-398-9715Daily, 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 426 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack845-358-5822Tuesday-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.
Temptations Café 80½ Main St., Nyack 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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American Bulldog Coffee Roasters31 N. Broad St., Ridgewood201-857-4176Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm; Saturday, 8am-7pm; Sunday 8am-5pmA laid-back café where you can hang out with a strong coffee, hot blended drinks, including chocolate chai, and fresh baked goods.
Caffé Anello425-429 Broadway, Westwood201-497-3628Tuesday-Thursday, 6:30am-8pm; Friday, 6:30am-10pm; Saturday, 7:30am-10pm; Sunday, 9am-2pmOffers 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.
Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters108 W. Pleasant Ave., Maywood201-556-0111Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 8am-5pmOffers 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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Arogya Teas131 Post Road E., Westport203-226-2682Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pmOffers 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.
Chocopologie12 S. Main St., Norwalk203-854-4754Wednesday, 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 Muffin108 Main St., New Canaan203-972-7557Monday-Saturday, 6am-5pm; Sunday, 6am-2pmHot 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 Room220 E. Putnam Ave., Cos Cob203-661-3737Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pmServes 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.
Rosies27 Elm St., New Canaan203-966-8998Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-4pm; Sunday, 9am-3pmServes 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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