It's officially hot chocolate season. And while you could sip the classic iteration, we're loving the decadently modern takes on this winter favorite. From matcha to malt-accented, there's a hot chocolate to satisfy every craving.
Owner Susanna Yoon (formerly a chocolatier at Per Se) blends a partial Valrhona chocolate with vanilla, cinnamon, and malt to create a luxurious drink that can be enjoyed by the cup or as a take-home mix. The only thing that makes this better is topping it off with fluffy homemade marshmallows. 202A Mott St., 646-918-6336
The Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental serves this winter staple with Jean-François Bonnet’s Brooklyn-based Tumbador Chocolates, creating a concoction that is intense without being overwhelming, and equal parts rich and delicate. 80 Columbus Cir., 212-805-8800
Expect a mix of both hot and cold in Dominique Ansel’s signature hot chocolate. The drink itself is incredibly hot, and made with intoxicating Valrhona chocolate brews. The cold part of the beverage comes in the form of a frothy chocolate foam topping. Go completely decadent and enjoy it all with a side of madeleines (baked to order). 189 Spring St., 212-219-2773
The recently opened Chalait in the West Village offers a variety of matcha drinks—the highlight being a hot chocolate finished with a shot of matcha. Grab a seat at the bar and make sure to pair your drink with an avocado toast for a satisfying lunch. 224 W. Fourth St., 212-929-0266
The L.A. Burdick on 20th Street offers hot chocolates made in dark, white, and milk blends in addition to select single-origin options. It gets pretty warm inside this cozy cafe, so guests can also opt for that same beverage in the form of a whipped cream-topped frappe—no complaints either way. 5 E. 20th St., 212-796-0143