Hooray for Chocolate Milkshakes

Hooray for Chocolate Milkshakes

Brooklyn Blackout (Courtesy Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer)

Summer may be drawing to a close, but the warm weather has stuck around—which means cold, sweet treats are still very much a necessity. Good thing that today, September 12, is National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

Although milkshakes first started out as alcoholic beverages (whiskey/egg concoctions), by the early 1900s they were made with malted milk and flavored syrups—including chocolate. With the invention of the electric blender in the 1920s and the addition of some ice cream, milkshakes soon became the frothy dessert we are now familiar with.

To celebrate this delicious day, here are some great places around the city where you can get your fill of chocolate shakes:

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer (SoHo & Meatpacking District): Known for their Instagram-worthy shakes that almost look too beautiful to consume, Black Tap also has a more traditional “U Bet Chocolate” shake on its menu.

Harlem Shake (Harlem): This retro family-friendly diner features chocolate, double chocolate and bacon, as well as a black and white shake on their generous organic shakes menu. It is important to note that black and white shakes are made with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup. My rationale is that the chocolate of the syrup affects both the color and taste of the shake; therefore it should be included on the spectrum of chocolate shakes.

Shake Shack (over a dozen NYC locations): You know when “shake” is in the name of the dining establishment that they mean business. Shake Shack offers hand-spun chocolate and black and white shakes. They also have chocolate frozen custard ice cream that you can get made into a concrete—a dense blend of custard with mix-ins.

Bareburger (over a dozen NYC locations): With organic burgers and shakes, this chain offers health-conscious options for people who still want to indulge in these tasty treats. In addition to a chocolate shake, there is also a Mexican Chocolate choice that has chocolate ice cream, cayenne, cinnamon and torched marshmallow.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner (Times Square): This 1950s diner has a singing waitstaff and is a popular spot for people who enjoy getting serenaded while they eat. Chocolate shakes include the traditional take with three scoops of chocolate ice cream, or a black and white shake with real Hershey chocolate syrup.

Max Brenner (Union Square): The online dessert menu indicates on the very first page that “CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU.” Who are we to argue otherwise? Among other decadent chocolate treats, there are five chocolate milkshakes (80’s, Cookieshake, Chocolate Hazelnut, Salted Carmel and Halva) to choose from.

Black Shack Burger (Murray Hill): This burger joint offers several chocolate-y shakes including chocolate, black and white, Oreo cookie and—my favorite flavor combination—mint chocolate chip.

Mark (East Village): This hole-in-the-wall burger spot on St. Mark’s Place has no website, but does have quite a following for its sliders and Guinness shake. You can order a black and white milk shake, among other flavors, as well.

For additional places where you can grab a great shake—chocolate or otherwise—check out this article on Where Traveler.

Shake Shack chocolate and vanilla shakes (©Evan Sung)

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