the cocoa chronicles chapter two

December 09, 2011  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH

brooklyn farmacy & soda fountain

513 henry street

we ordered: the hot flash chocolate and traditional hot chocolate

we love it for: the atmosphere. we felt like we were stepping into the fifties walking inside

farmacy is one of those spots we can’t get enough of. housed in a 1920s pharmacy, it offers board games, big family-style tables and live music one night a week. we ordered the traditional hot chocolate with whipped cream and on a whim, added a scoop of peppermint ice cream on the side. our server recommended a hot flash (putting the ice cream in the hot chocolate)—an idea which turned out to be better in theory than in taste. all in all, the hot chocolate was good, but not very rich and a bit milky for our taste.

while we might not be coming back for cocoa, we’ll be back soon for another treat—namely, the brownie sundae with crushed pretzels or the chocolate milkshake with extra shavings on top.


the chocolate room

86 fifth avenue

we ordered: all three varieties—classic, dark and spiced dark cocoa

we love it for: the spiced dark hot cocoa

everything at this neighborhood shop is handmade using all-natural ingredients (we’re big  fans of the rich chocolate brownies and mouthwatering chocolate caramel popcorn). it was the first time we’d tried the cocoas, but it won’t be the last. the chocolatiers here make their own marshmallow topping for the classic hot cocoa and their own whipped cream for the dark hot cocoa—both are well-worth the calories.


van leeuwen

632 manhattan avenue

we ordered: hot chocolate

we love it for: their “fresh. local. pure. simple.” approach to ingredients

in the summer, we frequently trek to the van leeuwen truck for ice cream at madison square park. now that the weather has changed, we thought we’d give their hot chocolate a try. the cozy shop in greenpoint offers a robust vinyl collection and an in-house chia pet. the hot chocolate itself was more sweet than rich, a touch thinner than others we tried, but just right for a late-afternoon snack.

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