One part neighborhood bar, one part restaurantand bar industry haunt, Mother's Ruin is the best spot in which to cozy up witha hot drink and a cute drinking buddy.
18 Spring St., Nolita. No phone, no website.
A toddy menu at The Beagle allows guests to makehis or her own choice amongst cognac, bourbon and rum and various spices. Notonly do you get a bespoke cocktail, but it comes accompanied by a little plateof herb and meat laden savory shortbreads.
162 Avenue A, East Village, (212) 228-6900.
The celebrity-studded bar prefers theirversion based on bourbon and garnished with a clove studded lemon wheel.
848 Washington St., Meatpacking District, (212) 645-4646.
Made with a rock sugar and vanilla spiked bourbontincture, Nios's hot toddy has is topped with whipped cream and doubles aspost-theater dessert.
130 West 46th St.,Theater District, (212) 485-2999.
The Meatball Shop: As if pork and beef smothered in freshtomato sauce weren't comforting enough, the mad democratizers of the meatballare making port toddies all winter long to send you toddling out into the coldwith warm bellies and cheeks.
Lower East Side: 84 Stanton St., (212) 982-8895; West Village: 64 Greenwich Ave., (212) 982-7815; Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 170 Bedford Ave., (718) 551-0520.
Photo: Hot Toddies at the Beagle by Ramsay de Give for The New York Times.