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Hot Chocolate Place in NYC?

RogueFoodie Oct 31, 2013 04:41 PM

I'm looking for a good place for hot chocolate with friends. It can be traditional or unique. To restrict the search domain, can you guys please list some on the Upper West Side or the Upper East Side?

Thanks, and Happy Halloween!

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    thegforceny RE: RogueFoodie Oct 31, 2013 04:52 PM

    Jacques Torres, 285 Amsterdam Ave

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      darren425 RE: thegforceny Nov 7, 2013 11:49 AM

      Second Jacques Torres, especially the peanut butter hot chocolate.

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        plf515 RE: thegforceny Nov 9, 2013 01:08 PM

        Thirded. This is high quality stuff

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        kathryn RE: RogueFoodie Oct 31, 2013 05:23 PM

        Try La Maison Du Chocolat on the UES. Shake Shack UES when it gets colder. Vosges Haut-Chocolat can be good, too, if you get the spicy kind.

        Jacques Torres' hot chocolate always strikes me as not chocolate-y enough and too thin.

        My absolute favorite is Grom, because their "hot chocolate" is really just melted gelato. They're just barely outside the UWS as they have a location at 58th near Columbus Columbus.

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          RogueFoodie RE: kathryn Oct 31, 2013 05:45 PM


          There was a Grom on 77th and Broadway. Unfortunately, it closed! Thanks for telling me about that location.

          I've tried Le Churro (UES) once, and found it interesting. It is a play on Spanish hot chocolate, which is nice and dense.

        2. Monica RE: RogueFoodie Nov 1, 2013 07:27 AM

          My favorite is from La maison du chocolat...so rich.....oh so rich...and delicious.

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            kathryn RE: Monica Nov 1, 2013 07:29 AM

            Have you tried Grom's? Also very rich and thick.

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              Ttrockwood RE: kathryn Nov 22, 2013 01:07 PM

              I had the gianduia hot chocolate earlier today from the grom near columbus circle... Really amazing flavor- i didn't realize they have different kinds! Here's a photo of the flavors there now, the whole menu and the hot choco

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                kathryn RE: Ttrockwood Nov 22, 2013 07:14 PM

                Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the photos!

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                  RogueFoodie RE: Ttrockwood Nov 23, 2013 07:46 PM

                  I love visuals - thanks for posting. I'll definitely use this as a benchmark!

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                    Ttrockwood RE: RogueFoodie Nov 23, 2013 08:33 PM

                    I must return soon, their affogato with the hot chocolate sounds rediculous!

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              RogueFoodie RE: RogueFoodie Nov 1, 2013 02:12 PM

              Personally, I would love if Levain Bakery would sell hot chocolate. Their cookies are amazing, and I thought it would be a good combination.

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                mla19 RE: RogueFoodie Nov 9, 2013 07:02 PM

                Levain just posted on Facebook today about their hot chocolate; so it looks like they do sell it. And I'd imagine it's quite good.

                I've also had great hot chocolate at Doughnut Plant on the LES

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                  RogueFoodie RE: mla19 Nov 12, 2013 03:34 PM

                  I've got to check out Levain soon then...
                  Do you know what flavors they offer?

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                    mla19 RE: RogueFoodie Dec 4, 2013 11:36 AM

                    Made it to Levain last weekend and ordered the hot chocolate. Unfortunately, it was just an average, run of the mill cup of hot chocolate. No better than what I'd get at any old bakery. The cookie, however, was as good as ever.

                    I need to make it down to Doughnut Plant this winter because the pictures they've posted of their hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows look divine. Years ago I had a cup there and remember loving it.

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                pammi RE: RogueFoodie Nov 6, 2013 07:11 PM

                Sorry to send you downtown-but city bakery is amazing. on west 18 th street. plus I think they have a hot chocolate month with a different hot chocolate flavor every week..

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                  zeeEats RE: pammi Nov 7, 2013 11:24 AM

                  City Bakery's hot chocolate month is in February. Yes - theirs is great, and not too thick!

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                    sugartoof RE: zeeEats Nov 9, 2013 12:40 PM

                    City Bakeries hot chocolate is pretty darn thick and only gets thicker as it cools.

                    It's thinner ever since they started boxing it, but short of Torres it was probably the thickest version in the city. During the hot cocoa month, different flavors will have different consistencies, but even that can change year to year, as they refine the flavors.

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                      ellenost RE: sugartoof Nov 9, 2013 02:06 PM

                      Love the hot chocolate at City Bakery (reminds me of the legendary hot chocolate at Angelina's in Paris).

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                      kathryn RE: zeeEats Nov 9, 2013 02:43 PM

                      I also find theirs to be very thick.

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                      RogueFoodie RE: pammi Nov 12, 2013 03:36 PM

                      LeChurro on the UES has some interesting flavors as well. Sea salt, chile, nutella, cinnamon orange. They play it off of Spanish hot chocolate.

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                        RogueFoodie RE: pammi Nov 13, 2013 03:06 PM

                        I tried searching the web for their flavors, but I couldn't find anything.

                        In comparison to their hot chocolate, how is their mocha?

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                          sugartoof RE: RogueFoodie Nov 13, 2013 03:18 PM

                          You're talking about City Bakery? The festival runs in February, with a special flavor in addition to the milk chocolate standard flavor, that changes each day.

                          Normally they have beer, cinnamon, earl gray, punch, dark chocolate, caramel, white, cardamon, bourbon, on the list.

                          The shot size is usually enough, either because it's good, but rich enough to satisfy, or the flavors give a weird aftertaste and a few sips is plenty.

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                            kathryn RE: sugartoof Nov 13, 2013 03:54 PM

                            Here's the flavor calendar from Feb 2013.

                            More info about the Feb 2014 Hot Chocolate Festival probably won't be available until January.

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                        UES Mayor RE: RogueFoodie Nov 7, 2013 04:07 AM

                        LA Burdick is downtown if you want to take an easy subway ride there-the candies are fantastic as well -and made in the USA!!!

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                          sugartoof RE: UES Mayor Nov 9, 2013 12:46 PM

                          Beware of the single source cocoas at Burdick....some of their featured chocolate options are so bitter, chalky, they don't lend themselves to hot chocolates, and in some cases, need sugar. They'll offer a taste of a square, but that's not good indication to how it will translate ground, and the cream doesn't balance it out. Perfect for someone who dislikes hot cocoa, but most would do better to just drink coffee.

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                            RogueFoodie RE: sugartoof Nov 12, 2013 03:36 PM

                            Thanks for the heads-up. I get the notion of single source, but it's not good if it doesn't taste good!

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                              Peter Cuce RE: sugartoof Nov 12, 2013 04:18 PM

                              Never had this experience. Their SO hot chocolate is some of my favorite in the city.

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                                sugartoof RE: Peter Cuce Nov 12, 2013 06:23 PM

                                Which ones?

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                                  Peter Cuce RE: sugartoof Nov 12, 2013 07:18 PM

                                  Which ones what?

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                                sugartoof RE: sugartoof Nov 18, 2013 02:37 PM

                                The Venezuela is the worst of the offenders.

                                It's probably intentionally intended for those that like unsweetened bitter dark chocolate cocoas, whoever those people are.

                            2. Ziggy41 RE: RogueFoodie Nov 13, 2013 04:07 PM

                              I dont know how you guys drink Jacques Torres without adding milk to it. Its way too rich for me and hot chocolate obsessed youngest

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                                sugartoof RE: RogueFoodie Nov 22, 2013 05:37 PM

                                Shake Shack usually has good thick hot chocolate.
                                Fresca Gelato is my hands down favorite.
                                Waffles and Dinges is making some that looks interesting.

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