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Hot Chocolate Place in NYC?

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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    1. re: thegforceny

      Second Jacques Torres, especially the peanut butter hot chocolate.

      1. re: thegforceny

        Thirded. This is high quality stuff

      2. 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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        1. re: kathryn

          Kathryn-

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

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          1. re: Monica

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

            1. re: kathryn

              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

               
               
              1. re: Ttrockwood

                Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the photos!

                1. re: Ttrockwood

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

                  1. re: RogueFoodie

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

            2. 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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              1. re: RogueFoodie

                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

                1. re: mla19

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

                  1. re: RogueFoodie

                    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.

              2. 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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                1. re: pammi

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

                  1. re: zeeEats

                    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.

                    1. re: sugartoof

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

                    2. re: zeeEats

                      I also find theirs to be very thick.

                    3. re: pammi

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

                      1. re: pammi

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

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

                        1. re: RogueFoodie

                          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.

                          1. re: sugartoof

                            Here's the flavor calendar from Feb 2013.
                            http://www.madparknews.com/madison-sq...

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