Mother Nature was exceptionally generous in December, but winter has finally arrived in Brooklyn. Now that it’s here, most New Yorkers are seeking coziness and warmth everywhere they can. After a bone-chilling day spent exploring the city or shuttling yourself from business meeting to business meeting, chase the chill away with a cup of hot chocolate at one of these fine Brooklyn establishments.
If you’re familiar with the uber-thick Spanish hot chocolate that’s often served con churros, you’ve got to check out Almondine Bakery’s thick and creamy cocoa. This DUMBO specialty melts chunks of Valrhona chocolate over an open flame, stirs the chocolate into a mixture of whole milk and heavy cream, and the result is sinfully delicious.
Flavored hot cocoa is Jaques Torres’ specialty. The sweets shop’s Wicked hot chocolate has hints of ancho and chipotle chilis. Those who prefer not to have a spicy kick in their cacao can opt for orange, caramel, or peanut butter flavoring instead.
The powder-based cocoa at Le Petit Cafe is as good as it gets, but the atmosphere at this Carroll Gardens cafe is the bigger draw. It’s the perfect place to cozy up for a weekend breakfast or lunch, ordering an after-meal hot cocoa as an excuse to hang out longer.
A straight shot down Atlantic Ave. from NU Hotel, Nunu Chocolates has truffles that melt in your mouth and boxes of seriously fine assorted bars and bites. The chocolatier is also known for its bittersweet hot cocoa, ideal for those who are partial to dark chocolate.
Not surprisingly, One Girl Cookie is known for its baked-with-love cookies. A mild hot cocoa made with chocolate ganache and topped with homemade marshmallow earns this Cobble Hill cookie shop a place on our list. A DUMBO location, set against the East River, has also opened up.
Arguably New York’s most famous hot cocoa destination, The Chocolate Room offers several types of hot chocolate. Choose from classic, dark, and spiced hot chocolate, or opt for one of two signature coffee-cocoa blends.