Compiled by Megan Bungeroth, Alicia Bynum and Naomi Cohen
Beat the onset of the winter chills with these hot-temp brews
201 W. 83rd St. near Broadway, cafelalo.com
Café Lalo is primarily a dessert spot, and it doesn’t disappoint in the drink selection. This is the place to enjoy a cool-weather cordial after dinner or indulge in a hot spiked-coffee drink on a lazy afternoon. All their coffee and alcohol drinks are served with fresh whipped cream and include classics like coffee with Baileys Irish Cream and twists like the Café Jamaica, with coffee, brandy and Tia Maria. They also offer adult hot chocolates, paired with the likes of peppermint schnapps or black Sambuca.
Caledonia Scottish Pub
1609 Second Ave. near East 83rd Street,
Home to one of New York’s most impressive collections of whisky (they insist that real whisky doesn’t have an “e”), Caledonia Scottish Pub is a cozy Upper East Side bar offering over 150 different varieties of the amber gold liquid. The vast selection includes varietals from Scotland, Japan, Ireland and the U.S. as well as an impressive array of single malts, listed on the menu according to their particular Scottish origins. They also serve up savory Scottish pies, making it a perfect spot to hunker down and get warm from the inside out.
Eggnog at Ward III
111 Reade St. near West Broadway,ward3tribeca.com
Though Ward III is an ideal place for liquor connoisseurs to experiment with flavors, be bold and just go with eggnog. Its thick, dessert-like taste has attracted the taste buds of many an online foodie, testifying to its successfully chic take on this holiday classic (the secret: the dynamic duo of orange and Averna). Not a fan of the egg? Ward III also produces a reliable hot toddy and bourbon-spiked cider. Complemented by warm lighting and tasteful music, Ward III is the ideal winter hideout.
Espresso con Panna at Eataly
23rd Street at Fifth Avenue, eatalyny.com
This large indoor Italian market offers much more than a pizza and prosecco—its espresso bar is an attraction by itself. An Espresso con Panna (whipped cream) is an indulger’s must, though any option won’t be regretted—the Espresso Torinese even comes with a small glass of sparkling water! While you savor the rich texture (and profit from the body heat of the crowded building), stroll around the other stations and admire other quirky finds, among them Buddha hand lemons, honeydew gelato and crudo bites.
Haru Sake Bar
1327 Third Ave. near East 76th Street, harusushi.com
Dark, romantic and unique, the Haru Sake bar is a great place to hole up and savor hot or chilled sake. The eclectic cocktail menu offers $13 sake cocktails, like the Ultimate Saketini (vodka, sake and plum wine served up) as well as a wide variety of sake served hot or cold and tasting flights available to sample four selections at a time. Housed across the street from its sister restaurant, the sake bar does serve sushi as well, so you can kick off the evening or park yourself there all night.
285 Amsterdam Ave. between West 73rd and 74th streets, mrchocolate.com
Sparking every chocolate lover’s fantasy, Jacques Torres’ hot chocolate is the best quencher when the temperature drops. The authentic hot, rich, thick chocolate drink—which has been described as pure chocolate in liquid form, is perfect for the upcoming chilly weather. The shop offers twists on the traditional with chili pepper kicks and white chocolate chai on the menu, so it’s a great spot to satisfy kids just looking to guzzle chocolate as well an adult with a more sophisticated sweet tooth.
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