With the chilly winter moving in, it’s officially hot chocolate season again–and New York never disappoints. Some local restaurants and shops are taking things to a whole new level this year with everything from hot giandiuja chocolate at Otto to salted caramel hot chocolate at Scratchbread or even rum-spiked cocoa at L.A. Burdick. From your standard classic cocoa to the more exotic renditions involving spices, liqueur, and homemade marshmallows or fluff, there are some notable hot spots to check out this year to warm up. Chocolate Bar 19 8th Avenue btwn Jane & West 12th 212.366.1541 www.chocolatebarnyc.comWith a name like this, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a good cup of hot chocolate. But we had no idea how deliciously complex it could taste. This cozy spot in the West Village enhances their first-rate chocolate with a delicious spectrum of spices, including chipotle, ancho chile, cinnamon, ginger, and clove, making for a spicy, rich brew.