The monthlong City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival – otherwise known as The Only Thing That Gets Us Through February – kicks off today in its 18th season, with the iconic café pouring a different flavor of its signature beverage for every day of the month (starting with Lemon, being served up as we type). Here’s what you need to know:
CB owner Maury Rubin’s new flavor for 2010 is Moulin Chocolate Rouge, a mix of dark chocolate and espresso spiked with lemon and pomegranate. It drops on February 10.
-Our picks: Chili Pepper (February 2), the classic Caramel (February 7), Bourbon (February 12), Beer + Brown Sugar (February 25).
-This year’s theme is “How to Knit a Marshmallow,” with a special all-you-can-drink cocoa-and-knitting night on February 18, when knitting shops like Soho’s Purl and Carroll Gardens’ Brooklyn General Store will be on hand to provide needle-clacking tutorials.
So you see, you do have a reason to get out of bed before spring. The City Bakery, 3 West 18th Street, 212-366-1414.