Verandah Place Deli starts with Valrhona chocolate and froths it up with whole milk. The resulting hot chocolate is thick, delicious, not too sweet, and not paralyzingly rich, like some other versions around town, reports dixieday2. A small serving, around the size of an average cup of coffee, is just $1.50. In summer, there’s terrific iced chocolate, says dimples. Take a cup next door to Cobble Hill Park, grab a bench, and kick back.

Jacques Torres pours two of Brooklyn’s best hot chocolates—both its regular and the spicy variety dubbed Wicked, enlivened with cinnamon, allspice, and ground ancho and chipotle chiles. “The best I’ve found,” declares brooklyn1966, on the pricey side at $2.50 but well worth it. Torres’ brew, as delicious as it is, pushes the richness envelope for some. bhill finds it “sinfully amazing to the point that it can almost be too intense.”

Carroll Gardens favorite D’Amico has excellent Italian–style hot chocolate, but pay close attention when you order. There are two dispensers, warns Matt M.: one that constantly whips up real hot chocolate and another that spits out run-of-the-mill stuff.

In Park Slope, Cocoa Bar makes superior hot chocolate, especially fine with mint. Offbalance gives it the edge over the pretty good version at the Chocolate Room.

Verandah Place Deli, a.k.a. Delicatessen [Cobble Hill]
264 Clinton St., between Warren and Congress Sts., Brooklyn

Jacques Torres Chocolate [DUMBO]
66 Water St., between Dock and Main Sts., Brooklyn

Jacques Torres Chocolate Haven [West Village]
350 Hudson St., at King, Manhattan

D’Amico Foods [Carroll Gardens]
309 Court St., between Degraw and Sackett, Brooklyn

Cocoa Bar [Park Slope]
228 7th Ave., between 3rd and 4th Sts., Brooklyn

The Chocolate Room [Park Slope]
86 5th Ave., between Warren St. and St. Mark’s Pl., Brooklyn

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