Oh the weather outside is frightful...well, not really. Still, we're right in the middle of the throes of winter daydreaming about a few of our favorite things. Whiskers on kittens are delightful, but mid-January calls for something more appetizing. Either a sweet and creamy hot cocoa or steamy spiced cider should be on every New Yorker's list of favorite winter time treats.


Here are a few of New York's best cocoa hot spots:

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Amy's Bread in the Chelsea Market is made with a blend of artisan chocolates and served with a homemade marshmallow. Yes, you read that right--homemade pillows of goodness. We love you, Amy. I mean, seriously, people, how can you not love someone who makes their own marshmallows?


Head to Prince Street in Soho to L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates for a gourmet cup--how about a choice of white, milk, or a dark blend? You can even add a shot of espresso for extra fuel.


Feeling fancy? Try MarieBelle's Cacao Bar on Broome Street and pretend you're in a chichi cafe in Vienna. Sip your Aztec hot chocolate--or any variety of white, milk and dark flavors--served on elegant china, and nosh on equally fancy pastries while taking in the antique furnishings and crystal chandeliers.


The City Bakery in the Flatiron District actually holds a Hot Chocolate Festival! Throughout the month of February, they'll serve a different hot chocolate flavor each day. On Saturday, you can sample lemon hot chocolate. Later in the month, you'll find "tropical" (hmm...), chili pepper, ginger, and creamy stout hot chocolate concoctions. Yum, yum, yum, and yum.


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