Le Parker Meridian The Knave: Kind of how the Parker is home to a hidden burger joint aptly named Burger Joint, there's a thin, semi-secret hallway with cathedral ceilings that's been repurposed as a luxe coffee/wine bar called The Knave. It's just off the lobby and though it's mostly known for its luscious cappuccinos, a hot chocolate here is what you'll need after a brisk walk in Central Park.
The Jane Cafe Gitane: For the thickest of the hot chocolates, head downtown and almost into the Hudson River at The Jane's frenchified Cafe Gitane. Here it's a proper Chocolat Chaud for around $3.50, and since our favorite Gitane savory dish, the Avocado Toast, probably wouldn't go well with it, we recommend sticking to a fresh pastry or two. Or three.