Restaurant, Chocolate Bar, Chocolate Shop, Heaven… Call as you want. Max Brenner is a spot that every chocolate addicted should visit at some point when in New York City. The catchphrase “Chocolate is good for you,” pretty much sums up the main idea of the place. Originated in Israel, and nowadays spread around the world (50 locations, 6 countries), Max Brenner was created by Max Fichtman and Ode Brenner in 1996 – life is sweeter since then. Obs: The unit featured here is only the one from New York City.
Pleasant ambiance, decorated with all-things-chocolate, they even have big tubes on the ceiling filled with chocolate – Yes, plumbing for chocolate. Besides the restaurant and the bar, there’s also a chocolate shop full of delights, several options for beautiful gifts.
The menu is big enough to pop up many doubts in your head, very complete and full of interesting options. The star of the place is the chocolate, but they also serve salty dishes – burgers, crepes, pasta, salads and others – for those that are not chocolate fans (does this kind of people really exist?). Everything seems to be delicious, especially when you start to analyze the food on the tables around you. Get ready to receive a to-pretty-to-eat dish; they are all well served and well presented.
The Strawberry Hazelnut Crêpe ($13,95) is a must, the Crystal Churros Fondue ($11,75) is also a great call, very sweet. The Fondue For Two ($24,95) is what you need for that extra sugar in your blood. In the salty department, the Crêpe & Eggs ($13) is delicious, and so is The Brenner Burger ($16), which comes with some yummy Waffle Fries. The Cheesesteak Waffle Sandwich ($16) is tasty as well. The drinks menu is complete, but if you want to keep chocolate coming you should order the Alice Cup ($7,95), a perfect cold drink made with chocolate and ice cream – It’s liquid happiness (alcohol-free). I can’t guarantee the whole menu is amazing, but what I tasted so far, I recommend.
The best time to go
It’s good for breakfast, lunch, afternoon “snack” and dinner. Meaning: There is no bad time to go there. It’s much easier to get a table during the weekdays (especially at the beginning of the week), and you can have the place more to yourself. The restaurant gets super crowded on the weekends; get ready to wait in line if you don’t have a reservation – which can be made on the official website.
When? Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 12 am. Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 2 am. Sunday from 9 am to 12 am.
Where? 841 Broadway, New York – NY, USA
Be aware that prices change, the values presented here are from January of 2017