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The Best Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Soups and More in New York City

Brace yourselves, winter is coming. If you are looking to warm up during the coming months, here is our guide to the best coffee, hot chocolate, soups and more in New York City.

The Best Coffee: Abraço – 86 East 7th Street
You can find coffee on almost every block of the city and to be honest there are a lot of good ones. But one place for a truly outstanding cup of coffee is Abraço. It is a tiny coffee shop in the East Village and their espresso in particular is truly divine. It is intense and rich and yet smooth. What more can you ask for?

The Best Tea: Ten Ren – 75 Mott Street
For any tea enthusiasts, Ten Ren in Chinatown is a must. They are truly tea experts and they have an extensive collection of Chinese teas for you to choose and sample from. Green tea, oolong tea, jasmine tea, etc., they have it all. Close by is Ten Ren Tea Time (79 Mott St) and they specialize in bubble tea, which can be served warm or cool.

The Best Hot Chocolate: Jacques Torres Chocolate – 30 Rockefeller Plaza & Other Locations
Jacques Torres’s hot chocolate is incredibly rich and decadent and it is at a whole different level than your “typical” hot chocolate. It is also incredibly satisfying and it can definitely warm you right up even on the coldest of days. While you are at it, make sure to pick up one of their delicious chocolate chip cookies!

The Best Soup: CC’s Cafe – 41 Monroe Street
Just outside of Chinatown and a quick walk from Little Italy is CC’s Cafe and they make a yummy butternut squash soup which is the perfect soup for the NYC fall and winter. It is creamy, thick and full of flavor. They also make a really good Chai Latte.

The Best Chowder: The Lobster Place – 75 9th Avenue, The Chelsea Market
We had to finish off this list with some chowder, more specifically, New England clam chowder. The honor for the best chowder in New York City has to go The Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market. They use only the freshest ingredients and their chowder is chocked full of clams. The Lobster Place recently expanded so they are also all sorts of seafood goodies to pair with your chowder.