City Bakery Hot Chocolate – Why Angelica Loves NYC

Three years ago this February, I dragged Angelica and Scott to The City Bakery. I was on a personal mission to find the best hot chocolate in the city and I needed a few judges. With stellar reviews and the promise of homemade marshmallow, we had to try it.
Now, this was a time when Angelica in particular was very down on New York City. School was challenging. She just entered high school and adapting was overwhelming. Well, that day, the City Bakery featured a special flavor: banana peel hot chocolate. We ordered one flavored and one regular, both “with” (marshmallow). They are served in shallow, wide cups with a square, homemade marshmallow on top. The substance is thick, thicker than you would ever imagine hot chocolate, more like a pudding that has not yet set. We carried our hot chocolates upstairs and very slowly consumed this chocolate feast-in-a-bowl. When we were finished, we were giddy. Angelica swore to stay in the city. “This is where I want to work!” she proclaimed as she cheerfully leapt, skipped and hopped home from the City Bakery.
Banana Peel Hot Chocolate resurrected our daughter that day. One powerful cup of hot chocolate later and her whole attitude toward living in the city changed. She wanted to WORK here! Needless to say, since then, we visit the City Bakery when in need of resurrection or a decadent treat, especially during February.
During the month of February the City Bakery hosts the Hot Chocolate Festival. Only during this month do they feature flavored hot chocolates like: Banana Peel, Love Potion, Ginger, and, my absolute favorite: Chili Pepper. For Valentines Day this year, they are hosting a one night all-you-can-drink hot chocolate event: The City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Party. Learn more about it here.
Thank you to owner, Maury Rubin, who reminds us why this city is so delightful. And, yes, this is the city’s best hot chocolate.
The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-366-1414

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