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Max Brenner

Chocolate by the Bald Man
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  • Desserts, Eclectic & International
  • 841 Broadway, New York NY10003 40.734328 -73.990983
  • (Btwn 13th & 14th St)
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  • (212) 388-0030
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User Ratings (Based on 81 reviews)

Food 3.7 Value 3.0
Service 3.1 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 388-0030
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Mon-Thu: 9am-12m Fri-Sat: 9am-2am Sun: 9am-11pm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Open Late, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by Melissa on 05/31/2009

    Mouth-watering in theory, a bit pricey in practice

    I figured that going to a restaurant like this on a Saturday night in Union Square would be insane. At 8pm, surprisingly short wait (about 5 minutes) and the service was impeccably quick, friendly, and attentive. Dinner food was OKAY--not great--but good enough to prep you for dessert. The chocolate menu is so difficult to choose from, and I think the sheer variety of choice is what grabs people. While good stuff and a great idea in theory, the chocolate wasn't that distinct from something I'd order anywhere else and the prices were a bit high. However, the experience makes up for it a lot, I think. If you're into concept places like this, give it a try! It's certainly not a bad place to go, but you may not be blown away by the food.

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by Veronica SD on 02/27/2009

    Yummy Sweet Tooth Satisfaction

    After having walked by here millions of times, I finally checked this out w/ the hubby. Yes it was crowded & we had to wait about 20 mins (it was 5:30PM on a Saturday) but that’s to be expected at this type of event place. It was fun checking out all the stuff behind the candy counters while waiting. Once seated, we saw that actual tables more in the restaurant are rather nice, away from the crowd around the door. We split the Asian chicken noodle salad so we could save room for dessert – the salad was more crunchy noodles than veggies but it was pretty good. For dessert we ordered the chocolate fondue for 2 – we got dark & milk chocolate & caramel sauce over warmers, marshmallows, banana bread, strawberries, bananas & a personal grill for marshmallow roasting – all of this was absolutely scrumptious! It was so fun combining dipping sauces & roasting marshmallows. After we ran out of dippables, I started dipping my spoon for licking… I probably would’ve drank those sauces if the hubby hadn’t stopped me, LOL! I ordered a hot tea, which came presented on this whole pot/mug stage thing (the waiter’ll show you how to work it) w/ an okay biscuit… I think they must use special cups that don’t get hot on the outside because my cup stayed pleasant-feeling on the outside but the tea was scalding hot when I sipped it (so beware). Despite the heavy volume, the service was friendly & super-accommodating… we were actually on a time constraint & our waiter ROCKED as far as moving all our stuff along. What a treat overall! I look forward to visiting here again though I’m torn about whether or not to try something new or to stay w/ the beloved, delectable fondue.

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by Victoria on 01/19/2009

    Cozy place for desert

    Came here for desert at about 11 oclock at night. My bf and I were seated immediately at a very cozy table. I have read reviews that the service is somewhat lacking but despite how packed brenner's was, the service was impeccable. We didnt wait more then 5 minutes for anything. If you read the first page about max brenner and how he got to owning the chocolate shop you will see that he was partly influenced by the movie willy wonka and it is definitely noticeable. The atmosphere is very cozy and playful, the desert is delicious. We ordered one of the fondou choices with bananas, strawberries, marshmellows and banana bread with white chocolate dark chocolate and caramel as dips. This is an entree for 2 that is well worth it. The only negative i would give is that I wish it was a bit more lounge oriented then restaurant. We were seated a bit too close to another couple whose conversation was more then loud enough to hear. Would have preferred something a little more private. Other then that, top notch place. Definitely going to go there again when we have a craving for chocolate =]

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by sa on 12/29/2008

    nice place to go

    max brenner was a good experience. i went with a group of 5 of us over the summertime and it was busy like usual but we managed to get a table when everyone arrived. the server was pretty nice to us and explained what she can. some foods are better than others but then again tahts personal preference. i found the roasted chicken really dry, my friend has some penne pasta with peas and ham which is nothing special. another had the potatoes with ham or something and that was really salty, and another had salad. the food isnt anything special. but the desserts are! they will cost you your entree but its worth it bc its an experience that no other palce can emulate. for two, its romantic to have the roasting marshmallows etc. as a group, us 5 girls shared a platter of samplers i believe. its was decent. but the palce istelf is definitely overrated. good if youre in the neighborhood to grab a bite but not if you intentinoally come here planned.

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by erika<3 on 09/24/2008

    A little overrated

    My family and I had heard so many great things about this place we hiked from our hotel down to MB's. We wanted to make sure we had room for dessert so we only had a greek salad, which I must say was pretty good. We were so excited but were let down by the dessert. It was nothing to write home about. I say save your time and all your money and go to Serendipity.

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by Coop on 07/23/2008

    Good Atmosphere, Slightly Expensive

    Overall, a good experience. My girlfriend and I ordered the dessert sampler dish. Some of them were more interesting than others. You can't go wrong with chocolate fondue. The portions were small for the cost, but each desert was delicious. If you love chocolate, you really can't go wrong. The atmosphere was busy and a little cramped, but the innovative and candyland-esque theme was amusing. The waiter was extremely helpful and talkative. The worst part about the night was the wobbly table. Other than that, it's a good fix for a chocolate craving.

  • Max Brenner

    Posted by April on 06/01/2008

    Fun place for a chocoholic!

    I have been here twice and enjoyed it both times. I am a chocoholic, so that explains a lot. The Paella my nephew ordered was terribly spicy, even though the flavor was good. (There was no warning in the menu and in Spain, Paella is not usually spicy hot!) However, my "comfort food" skillet was delightful. The chocolate desserts are seemingly endless - 6 pages of them! Delicious flavors, but the molten cake was quite dry on the outside and my Chocolate Mess was very small and the ice cream nearly all melted when I received it. The Chocolate Mess I experienced on my previous visit (for 2) was fabulous! I will continue to return, however, due to the wide selection of food, the decent pricing, and the chocolate!

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