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When its cold outside, all you want is to be warm–and what better way to warm up than with a cozy mug of hot chocolate? Here are some places with decadent drinks you can find downtown:

1) Amorino (60 University Place)

Amorino is actually a gelato shop, but you can still go in the winter for their hot chocolate. It’s not hot cocoa–it more resembles a cup full of melted chocolate-but who’s complaining? It comes in different flavors like milk chocolate or orange cinnamon if you want to get creative.

2) City Bakery (3 W 18th Street)

For classic hot chocolate done exactly how it should be, head to City Bakery. Thick, creamy and topped with a large homemade marshmallow, City Bakery is known to have one of the best hot chocolates in the city. And in February they host a Hot Chocolate Festival with even more hot chocolate goodness.

3) Eataly (200 5th Avenue)

This might be a cop-out, but Lavazza at Eataly has some seriously great hot chocolate. It’s dark; it’s thick; it’s good.

4) MarieBelle (484 Broome Street)

It comes in a small teacup, but the aztec hot chocolate is more than enough to satisfy. With spicy notes and hints of cinnamon, the thick chocolatey drink is an experience.

5) The Gander (15 W 18th Street)

The Gander is known for its brunches, but its hot chocolate–complete with large squares of house made marshmallow in exciting flavors like pink peppercorn–is an experience. And since it’s brunch, feel free to spike it.

-by Kari Sonde

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