It may have taken a little longer than normal for the snow and freezing temperatures to arrive in New York City, but now that the seal has been broken, chances are you’re cold and looking for something — anything — to warm you up.
To that end, we’ve sought out the best spots across the city to imbibe in a spirited mug of hot chocolate. Maybe you’re just looking to enjoy something simple and comforting, in which case LA Burdick is a must-hit stop before retreating to your apartment to hibernate until April. Or maybe you’re the kind of person who goes out on the town year-round, weather be damned, and so the expertly crafted Hot Chocolate Martini at Gramercy Tavern’s gorgeous bar is more your speed.
At the end of the day, when you’re cold, mad about being cold, and sitting at a bar without a drink handy, spiked chocolate seems like a pretty good cure for seasonal affective disorder.
At East Village spot The Redhead, it is quite apparent that they understand the fundamental logic of adding booze to hot chocolate. This is evidenced in their offering not one, but three spiked hot chocolate options. The fan favorite, though, has to be the Dark Chocolate Car Bomb, a delicious mix of hot chocolate, Jameson, Guinness, and a Bailey’s marshmallow. Instead of a car bomb, this is the smoothest ride you’re going to find.
Although not a bar, LA Burdick is a place where chocolate is taken very seriously. Here, you can pick from any one of their six single-origin hot chocolates (pictured), Dominican or Madagascan, for instance, and then pick out a shot of either cherry brandy, pear liqueur, rum, or whiskey to spice up your artisan cocoa.
At the always-chic Gramercy Tavern, there are several menu items that could break you out of the winter blues, but for something chocolaty with a kick, there’s nothing like the Hot Chocolate Martini. This classy take on the comforting beverage is infused with Vanilla Stoli and amaretto, and what’s more, they serve half and keep the other warm in a teapot, ensuring that every sip is just as hot and delicious as the last.