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Posted by McGrrrr on 10/13/2006
MenuPages reviews suggest New Yorkers are in agreement; Max Brenner is in its teething stages. Lovely - but someone remind him that in Manhattan, sub standard will not be tolerated. Theme restaurant hallmarks prevail: chocolate pipes, oversized bars, wrought iron balconies and Willy Wonka slogans create a self-conscious 'fun and funky' plateau but we all know the place should really be in Times, not Union, Square. Service was appalling, and I question the aesthetic mindset of Brenner's Art Director who condoned the dining room Picasso-esq posters of 'The Bald Man'. The cyclops eyes in those pictures are not conducive to happy-go-lucky chocolatey dining. My line is drawn at their savoury foods. Waffles have now twice failed to resemble acceptable food when ordered at separate times of the day. I had the Hazelnut Praline crepe which was a textbook effort in folded golden glory, and they fragmented the dish into composite elements. The chocolate crowned ice cream sat in its own little pot, as did the toffee bananas, whilst the vanilla creme stood to attention in a petite jug; decorative chocolate sauce, icing sugar and sprinkled praline chips complemented the overall look. For me this was a fine lunch dish; the crepe oozed a gentle percentage chocolate but the ice cream lacked a little depth and I'd like to see a darker more velvety product on my next visit, especially as we move into the years sinister months! The structured vanilla creme does need a dash of Madagascan bean to drive home its taste. The toffee bananas? Ouch. If they were to stand alone as a comfort food contender they'd be medal winners: several fat token slices plonked in a blobby sauce which was the colour of condensed milk that has seen one too many pantry birthdays. I know they've simply tried to texturise the dessert but the Brenner research team needs to make better use of Wikipedia; dessert should be a magical little table nymphette that teases the pallete with
Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2006
OK, so I didn't actually get what I ordered, but the savory waffle was delicious! Although I ordered the waffle with sausage and cheddar, I ended up with smoked turkey instead. After the first bite, I couldn't care less. As the other reviewers mentioned, they haven't quite "got it together" yet--service was very slow, although also very friendly. Overall it was a great experience, and the desserts are both beautiful and delicious. It promises to be a very good place if they can just work out the kinks.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2006
I was first introduced to the place by my boyfriend. On our first trip there, he bought 'Fresh' in milk chocolate. A few weeks after, I decided to buy one too. I bought Fresh in dark chocolate. I brought it home, and a day later, the liquid is basically the same texture as peanut butter. may I just say the thing was delicious. i just ate it straight off a spoon. A week flew by and so did the chocolate. I finished the whole jar. I decided to go back and get another jar. I order, and my jar was done within 5 minutes, which was very unusual, for my boyfriend missed 5 bus rides waiting for it last 2 times. I became suspicious, and had the feeling the jar wasn't 'freshly' made like it was suppose to. (hence the item name fresh) I didn't want to make a scene so i left with it. a week later, the liquid still didn't solidify, and it had little chucks in it which I didn't find appetizing. this poorly made product is enough for me to not want to go back again, especially since I basically wasted over $10 on the last jar.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2006
The decor and chocolate theme are great. The servers were OK. Sweet, but obviously inexperienced. In true theme restaurant fashion the server said "Hi, my name is Bob, and I'll be taking care of you this evening." There is a problem with the menu. Some of the things listed they don't have. How can hot dogs be problematic? (part of the children's menu.) It is not as if they are exotic or out of season. The adult food- sandwiches and salad-was not bad. Of course, we were really there for dessert. That's when the real disappointment happened. My 6 year old daughter had been so excited to try the Chocolate Mess Party. Uh oh. Not available. Some nonsense about not having the right pans. Again, one wonders what they are thinking. GET the pans if you offer the item on your menu! The adults had the popsicle fondue, which was fun and delicious. My daughter ended having the chocolate syringe. It seemed like bad parenting to let her squirt chocolate out of a medical syringe into her mouth, but after the Chocolate Mess Meltdown, I wasn't in the mood to fight. The syringe came on a glass plate which was sprinkled with gummi bears. An interesting juxtaposition. Hope they get it together soon.
Posted by debjoy81 on 09/14/2006
You have to try this place! It's beautiful inside, had great friendly service, and the desserts were fantastic! I'm going back there tonight! :)
Posted by Anonymous on 09/11/2006
I have quite a large family so it's hard to keep everyone happy when going out for a meal. We decided to try Max Brenner for my birthday. The atmosphere was fantastic, service was wonderful - but the FOOD - WOW! The salads and crepes were AMAZING. Everyone enjoyed their meal. My little nephews got the chocolate pizza and chocolat waffles and had the messiest time eating them. Their faces showed how delicious the food was. For dessert I had the Sharing plate. It had fondue, banana split waffle, a chocolate lick, a truffle, ice cream etc. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. As you can tell I highly recomment Max Brenner. It was a ton of fun and made my birthday very special!
Posted by Chocoholic on 09/04/2006
Ever since I went to this place and had the popping candy chocolate lick I can not think of anything else! It's the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing I think about before falling asleep. You have to try it. Sooo simple, yet unbelievable. :)