Editor's note: Everyday weekday until Christmas, we'll have a daily hot chocolate report for you. 'Tis the season. Today, the Chocolate Room in Park Slope.
Price: $4.50 for the "classic hot cocoa" (38% milk chocolate) and same for "hot chocolate" (60% bittersweet Belgian chocolate)
The deal: This is where you go for either the goopy sipping chocolate variety ("hot chocolate") or the thinner, milkier kind ("classic hot cocoa")—they do both really well. And the indoor brick wall charm, included amuse-bouche (a cube of chocolate-chip, almond cake drizzled with chocolate syrup earlier this week), and easy peasy Park Slope vibe do not hurt.
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The thicker one comes in a smaller mug, best consumed with a mini spoon. Get the seasonal Aztec chili flavor, which they have through winter—it has just the right kick, plus it's decadent without the gross, heavy feeling after. It almost felt like mole sauce you're allowed to drink (minus the chicken and plantains, which is good). The milkier "classic hot cocoa" (confusing, yes) is served in a wide-mouthed mug, and the initial scent transports you to an ice cream shop, where fresh sugar cones are baking in the back. The Chocolate Room is a nuzzle-friendly date—or good friend—spot without the hokey-romantic vibe. Great for sit-down hot chocolate when you're not in a rush.