Ready or not, the cooler weather is coming. One of my family’s favorite ways to warm up is by enjoying a big cup of hot chocolate. And while you can make it at home, it’s always nice to get out of the house with the kids—after all, it can help squash any cabin fever the kids might be experiencing and there’s no cleanup for you. Here are seven places that serve up delicious hot chocolate and other yummy treats. For more cool weather fun, check out our Fall Fun Guide.
The Cup Coffeehouse
3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh
Located directly across from the Wantagh train station, The Cup is often compared to a 1970s Brooklyn style coffee shop. It serves a variety of hot beverages, such as mocha cocoa, hot chocolates, gingerbread lattes and specialty teas. But if you prefer your drinks cold, try the frozen hot chocolate. The Cup also serves sandwiches, salads and a variety of sweet treats.
The Witches Brew
311 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead
This family-friendly spot carries 85 organic, loose-leaf tea varieties, most of which are organic or fair trade-certified. It also has different types of homemade hot chocolate, including a vegan version. The kids will probably love the hot chocolate float, made with ice cream and topped with whipped cream.
249 Main St., Northport
This spot serves breakfast and lunch, along with a hot chocolate made with Guittard chocolate sauces. Its specialty hot chocolate, the Campfire Cocoa, is made with milk chocolate and toasted marshmallow syrup and topped with marshmallow cream and graham cracker crumbs. Yum!
150 A E. Park Avenue, Long Beach, 516-897-8097
72 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, 516-280-6630
Fresco features hot chocolate created with Belgian chocolate, as well as other coffee drinks that go perfectly with the selection of sweet and savory crepes.
Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh Street, Garden City
If you’re looking for a splurge, try the hotel’s afternoon tea. The Chocolate Tea ($50 per person) features “Callebaut” hot chocolate, an assortment of tea sandwiches, oven fresh scones, assorted tea breads, miniature pastries, chocolate dipped strawberries and assorted chocolates & truffles.
69 N Village Ave, Rockville Centre
This hip café offers yummy hot chocolates along with a variety of other hot drinks, cookies, pastries, crumb bars and more.
5B Irma Avenue, Port Washington
Hot cocoa and baked goods are made from scratch at this business who works with a non-profit agency to provide jobs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Top image: Melt away cold temperatures with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Shutterstock.