#1 – Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain
It starts with the arresting seismic pleasure of the house-made toasted fluff on top and moves on to dense and goopy hot chocolate, which is hands down the best in town. Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (brooklynfarmacyandsodafountain.com).
#2 – Mah-Ze-Dar
The toasted marshmallow strikes again! Valrhona chocolate, steamed milk and toasted vanilla bean marshmallow make this a near tie with Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. West Village (mahzedahrbakery.com).
#3 – Daily Provisions
This hot chocolate is a passionate blend of creamy foamed milk and house-made ganache, plus a mix of Vesta dark and milk chocolates. This confection is topped with a fresh-made marshmallow and sprinkled with cocoa powder. It’s Willy Wonka binge-worthy scrumptious. Gramercy, Upper West Side (dailyprovisionsnyc.com).
#4 – Dominique Ansel Bakery
A lovely little marshmallow shaped like a flower delicately blooms when it hits the heat of the hot chocolate to reveal petite jewels of honey in the middle. Thank pastry artist Dominique Ansel for this magic potion. Soho (dominiqueanselny.com).
#5 – Bar Pisellino
Thick and uber-chocolatey, this hot cocoa is for purists who want more cocoa than milk. It’s topped with a whipped panna that melts to a creamy spread on top. West Village (barpisellino.com).