I'm seeking tips on a place that serves really
good hot chocolate, for a post-ice skating,
adult-birthday-celebrating warm-up. I read on
these boards about the hot chocolate at Avenue,
but I'm looking for a place that's more cafe
and less restaurant--we're not necessarily
looking to eat (though, as long as it's optional,
good food would be a plus). Location isn't too
important, though ambience (be it Old World
elegant or soda fountain nostalgic) is a
Thanks, Jen and Jessica. I didn't get your messages
until this morning, but the Gamins were a good
suggestion, which I'll keep in mind for the future.
And we had considered Serendipity, though we feared
the hokey/tourist-trap factor. In the end, skating
was called off on account of the brutality of the
weather, and we ended up staying downtown where we
made a laughable attempt to get a bar-area table at
Pastis. We'd hoped the weather would discourage the
throngs (ha). As I clawed my way through the crowd,
a stranger suddenly snapped my photo and I got an
elbowful of somebody's dinner courtesy of a passing
waiter. We left immediately thereafter and grabbed
some exemplary hot chocolate at the COMPLETELY empty
La Petite Abeille. Later, finding ourselves hungry,
we stopped briefly into a nastily smoke-filled Rio
Mar (where the clientele resembled a fraternity
kegger) and ended up at Florent, where the scene was
pleasant, but the service was abysmal and the
bistroesque food, mediocre. Oh well. Good friends
and good conversation made for a nice evening all
Thanks for the follow-up--I want to encourage these in general on the boards.
So hard to judge what will keep crowds away at those joints. Sorry Florent did not pan out-- I have had some very nice times there. At least you had excellent hot cocoa--the French can be relied on for this I guess!
I just found the thread on Cupcake Cafe/City Bakery
with effusions about their hot chocolates. The chile
and ginger varieties at City Bakery were especially
praised. Is City Bakery considered the better of the
two for this particular beverege (particularly with
regard to the plain old chocolate-chocolate variety)?
And how do seating/atmosphere compare? (We'll be a
group of four seeking a comfy place to rest our cold
and tired bones.) Even though most everyone seemed to
agree that savory items were only mediocre at both
places, any specific suggestions for both savory and
Thanks for the tip! I am salivating from from
the descriptions of the Drink City hot chocolate.
Uhhhn. But--major bummer--Drink City closes at 7:30
and City Bakery, at 6:00. My group wouldn't even be
getting started until 7:30.
Any late night hot chocolate hangouts out there?
We were thinking maybe Payard?
re: jen kalb
How about Serendipity's around 63rd and Lex? It's got the old-world charm, lot's of different hot chocolates, REALLY good frozen hot chocolate, ice cream sundaes and the food is decent: soups, salads, pasta, chicken, foot-long hot dogs, etc. They take reservations and definitly serve dinner and it's very quaint and casual. Not as top-notch as Drink City but still a treat.