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Best hot chocolate in the city?

With the trend of the $5 or even $8 cup of hot chocolate, I'm curious what people think is the top in the city. I've tried the City Bakery hot chocolate and Max Brenner and of course the standard Starbucks hot chocolate, but I'd like to hear about some other places to check out.

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  1. I love the hot chocolate at Vosges Chocolate (www.vosgeschocolate.com) in soho (132 Spring St). I think the Hot Chocolate at City Barkery is too thick, rich, and filling. It is more like a pie filling really.

    In addition to Vosges I also love to frozen hot chocolate at Jacques Torres in Brooklyn (haven't been to the Soho location) but that is more for the Summertime.

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    1. re: secondari

      Which flavors have you tried at Vosages? I've been wanting to try their white hot chocolate.

      1. re: jackieparis

        I really enjoy the Azteca (spicy hot chocolate). It's spicier than Jacques Torres' Wicked, which is a plus in my book.

        1. re: jackieparis

          I didn't like the white chocolate. Tasted like steamed milk.

      2. City Bakery is my favorite, followed by Chocolate Bar. Jacques Torres and La Maison du Chocolat are also worth trying.

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          1. re: Lucia

            City Bakery never makes their hot chocolate hot enough for my taste. The problem is exacerbated by the marshmallow, which I'd recommend skipping.

          2. City Bakery is especially fun in February when they offer a different flavor of hot chocolate every day.

            Jacques Torres's Wicked Hot Chocolate is great if you like your chocolate a little spicy and smoky.

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            1. re: floretbroccoli

              Second -- I love the Wicked hot chocolate at Jacques Torres. It's so great that he has a new shop on the UWS.

              1. re: LNG212

                I was in the UWS Jacques Torres store last night and Jacques was there. When I told him how much I love the Wicked, he gave me a hug. Swoon.

                1. re: floretbroccoli

                  SO jealous. He was just on a "One on One" with Budd Mishkin on NY1. Very interesting character. I love his chocolates. The macadamia nuts w/dark chocolate are terrific.

            2. I really like Mariebelle's. It's not too rich or thick or sweet which sits better with me!

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              1. re: emily

                I love Mariebelle's hot chocolate too! Particularly their European style hot chocolate. It's very thick, chocolatey smooth and not sickeningly sweet. I think b/c the "European style" isn't made wth milk, it's not overwhelmingly rich. But beware, b/c it's so thick, it's not really made for gulping, more so to savor in tiny little sips.

                I've had their dark, mocha and spicy flavors, and I like spicy the best. Don't get the spicy if you can't handle heat, there's definitely a kick!

                1. re: misschopsticks

                  Third vote for Mariebelle. I've had the dark and the spicy, both tasty. Love the room in the back, too. It's perfect to enjoy your cup of deliciousness!

              2. i had a good hot chocolate recently at HOW SWEET IT IS bakery on essex.