The best hot chocolate in NYC

It’s getting colder outside, but of course you’d still like to go out and take in the beautiful sights of NYC. A wonderful season for our guided bike tours and bike rentals. It’s a completely new experience to bike through the snow, especially in the beautiful Central Park. You should definitely check this out! The perfect accompaniment to those sights and the sport are cups of delicious hot chocolate! We listed the locations where you get the best hot chocolates in New York City.

Grom, 1796 Broadway, 212-974-3444, Midtown West: The gianduja-flavored hot chocolate at Grom tastes like liquid Nutella. Best known for their gelato, this eatery makes a fantastic cocoa for those too chilly to have some frozen dessert. With both dark and milk chocolate versions, Grom is sure to please with milk, cream, Venezuelan and Colombian chocolates.

Jacques Torres, 285 Amsterdam Ave., 212-787-3256, Upper West Side, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1804, Midtown West: One of New York’s magic chocolatiers provides customers with some “wicked” hot chocolate with just a touch of ancho and chipotle peppers in addition to the classic style.

Serendipity 3, 225 E. 60th St., 212-838-3531, Upper East Side: Serendipity 3’s oxymoronic frozen hot chocolate has so many New Yorkers in awe. Is it even possible for a drink to be both frozen and hot? Just don’t think about the logic behind it too much and don’t down it too fast either – just enjoy!

The Russian Tea Room, 150 W. 57th St., 212-581-7100, Midtown West: Sure enough, the famed Russian Tea Room, home to such ornate decorations as a 20-foot-tall golden tree adorned with Venetian glass eggs – and whose menu features, for example, Golden Osetra caviar – offers its own “signature hot chocolate,” complete with whipped cream and marshmallows. The toasty, tasty treat is a relatively affordable way to get a foot in the door at one of the City’s fanciest eateries.

Max Brenner – Chocolate by the Bald Man, 841 Broadway, 646-467-8803, Union Square: Dessert tycoon Max Brenner (a fictional character who’s a composite of the venue’s two founders) serves hot chocolate in a specially designed “hug mug,” which encourages patrons to hold the drink with both hands for maximum comforting effect. The hot chocolate is available in milk, dark and white chocolate versions.

Cafe Lalo, 201 W 83rd Street, 212-496-6031, Upper West Side: Famous for its feature role in You’ve Got Mail, this go-to spot is on the map for its cakes, pies, tarts and of course hot chocolate! With a range of flavorful mix-ins or shots of alcohol to add in, Cafe Lalo’s hot cocoa is sure to warm your insides.

Voilà Chocolat, 221 W 79th Street, 212-920-8799, Upper West Side: A great spot to stop with the kids to decorate your own chocolate treats, Voilà Chocolat also offers a variety of flavors for adults and children alike. From their Classic Dark House Blend to a Daredevil Spiced or even an exotic Matcha Green Tea White Hot Chocolate to thrill the senses. Now they even offer a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate for those seasonal types.

Enjoy your bike ride or guided bike tour with Unlimited Biking and a hot chocolate afterwards! 

 

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Fitness Biking: From beginner to expert!

WELCOME TO THE BEGINNER TO EXPERT FITNESS BIKING PLAN!

You are a beginner cyclist and you want to have a better level? You do not know how to train or how to do it? We propose you in this blog post to follow our plan to become an expert of cycling! This easy-to-follow plan will help you to develop new abilities and strengthen your muscles.

This program lasts for 8 weeks with training days and rest days. Every week you will evolve steadily to reach your goal of expert! After this new level reached you will be able to continue high level cycling and why not register for competitions!

First of all, make sure that your bike and equipment are in good condition before starting this training plan! If you need a new Cannondale bike you are more than welcome to rent a Road Bike in our stores. Before you start, remember also that fitness biking remains an intense sporting activity and that it will be necessary to prepare your body to be able to continue the training sessions. In addition, this plan lasts for several weeks and the training hardens as and when. You must be in a sporting spirit and have the desire to do sports every week. The important points to modify for this training are your diet, your bike safety, your rest and recovery after the effort.

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As you train, you will also develop your personal equipment to reach the level of expert! Do not forget that Unlimited Biking offers a membership program and road bikes rentals with equipments.

You will notice that each training session contains a color and terrain of difficulty. The green color indicates that you can cycle in a moderate way. Familiarize yourself first with this new sporting activity. The orange color means that you are passing a course and the level is hardening. You go faster and you become less and less tired during your sessions. Finally the red level indicates that you are on the last steps of this plan. And of course the last steps are always the hardest. The level becomes more difficult and you do more training sessions. You are faster and travel longer distances. Keep in mind that during the majority of the sessions you should be working at a comfortable pace, but at certain times in the plan, it will push you harder for short sessions.

The terrains are changing too. Check well that you are using the right training paths. “Flat terrain” means that you can only practice on a flat surface without too much inclination. The “Steep Terrain” tells you that you have to train on progressive incline roads. Finally when you see “Intensive” the training will be shorter but it will mix flat terrain and steep terrain. In addition, the pace should be faster with sustained acceleration phases.

  • WEEK 1: Start your first week and try your bike position but also check if your body is ok with this new sport. If you feel muscles pain, it means that you don’t have the right position or that you are going to fast. For this first week, ride at a normal speed don’t go too fast and start familiarizing with the sport.
  • WEEK 2: Take into account the problems of the first week and be sure that these little problems are regulated. Do not forget to re-check your equipment. You are now doing more bikes than the first week and you start to get into the habit of driving every week. Again with this training program do not forget to adapt your diet. EAT & DRINK more! Take energy bars and drinks with you during your sessions.
  • WEEK 3: You are now doing more bikes than the second week and you are now feeling some improvements. You have more strength and power. You can ride longer and go faster than before! Continue like that!
  • WEEK 4: During this week you will experience your first long distances! Do not get discouraged and continue your progress! If you need encouragement, do this sport with a partner, put music from a portable bluetooth speaker.

  • WEEK 5: Week 5 gets tougher and you are now at a more difficult level. Increase your speed and your warm-ups. Remember to rest during your rest days! You’ll alternate between flat terrain and steep terrain this week so make sure to hold on! Check your equipment and think about your diet. Do not be discouraged and continue like this!
  • WEEK 6: You are going for the second time to do a long distance week followed by a harder and longer steep terrain! Remember to maintain a good position during your workouts and release your muscles well after exercise. Increase the number of calories and protein you eat each day.
  • WEEK 7: This is soon the end of your training program and you are now at the highest level of difficulty! Pay close attention to your body and keep in mind that your health comes first. Do not take risks without thinking before! Check that your body can hold on and continue the final phase of this training plan! Prepare to pedal faster and more intensely with several phases of acceleration throughout your session.
  • WEEK 8: After seven weeks, hard work led to this. If you followed the training plan, you should feel fit, full of energy and ready to go. On rest days, organize your equipment. Prepare everything you want to eat and plan a route. Finally, remember to stick to what you have learned throughout the training plan and enjoy the ride! Throughout these weeks of training do not forget to record your sessions thanks to your app on your phone. Competition is the next step!

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TIPS TO FIND YOUR CYCLING MOTIVATION

Biking is a lot of fun for people of all ages in groups for example with friends or family but also alone. It clears your mind, it’s good for your health as well as fitness and you can discover so many new things while riding a bike. But we all know the struggles. Sometimes we’re too lazy and just want to stay in bed all day. Everybody knows that feeling and therefore we would like to present you a few tips to find your cycling motivation and to get fitter and healthier. And let’s be honest in the end we all feel great after a bike ride outside.

Our first tip is to ride with friends:

Ask a friend, if he/she would like to cycle with you. It is always easier to find your motivation, when you have somebody by your side. And another good tip is to arrange a date, for example every Saturday at 10am. In that case there aren’t excuses anymore.

Habit is everything:

Get into a routine. As we said before, pick some weekly ride and commit to joining them for example with a friend or colleague. Find a route you like and make it your standard biking training route to see your improvements in your fitness or push yourself a little further each time.

Shout it out loud:

Tell everyone your bike plans. It’s harder to stop when everybody knows from your plan. And it helps making a statement out loud to implant that positive intention in your brain. So shout it out loud!

Mark a personal goal:

It will helps you to have a personal goal in your mind. If you don’t have one, find one! Your goal don’t have to be joining the Tour de France. To stay healthy and fit is a great goal too! Or maybe you would like to lose a few pounds. Something like this. But reminding yourself of that reason regularly helps to receive your goals.

Use your limited time:

We know that nobody has time for anything these days, but this is just an easy excuse. Maybe you don’t have time for a full day bike tour, but if you only have an hour it’s enough. And we promise, you will feel so much better afterwards.

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”

Eddy Merckx

Now the only thing you need is the perfect bike?

Check out our website for our high quality Cannondale bikes:

https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/rentals/

With our wide range of Cannondale bikes, we’ll find the perfect one for you.

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