Somewhere between Chelsea and the Flatiron district (okay 18th St. between 5th and 6th) lies one of NYC’s treasures: City Bakery Hot Chocolate.
My friends, this is not your average hot chocolate. This is like melted down gold topped with a marshmallow that could kick whipped cream into next century. Anyone remember when Starbucks had the chantico? Yeah this one beats that by a longshot too.
City Bakery, home of the hot chocolate that has made a handful of those best place to get hot chocolate lists, will usually have a line snaking around the back and a completely packed seating area (both up and downstairs) any time of year, but especially during the holidays. They serve savory food, touching on a few different types of cuisines (usually during the week and not weekends so much), but more importantly, the rich decadent cookies the size of your face and croissants you could use as a pillow. I’ve had the cookies, yes you can write home about them and you should probably split one with a friend if you go for it, but for the sake of the blog I need to focus on the hot chocolate. Need.
See this giant brown pot? This is where the hot chocolate is stored to keep it melted and warm before they pour it into something smaller (that little metal cup she’s holding) so it’s easier to pour into the individual cups that go to us, the lovely consumer. This stuff is thick and creamy and delicious.
See how many cups there are here? This girl was blowing through orders, and there were still cups stacked at the end.
Oh man there she goes. Pouring. She’s got this.
See how big that marshmallow is? That’s a serious business marshmallow. One that needs tongs to help drop it gingerly on top of the hot chocolate that you’re about to indulge in. Perfection.
So basically, if you’re in NYC this holiday season, I highly recommend stopping by City Bakery for a midday pick me up. A small is plenty, but for the sake of the blog I went for the large. I couldn’t finish it, but man was it satisfying.
I’ll basically be dreaming about this until the next time I’m in the city.