New York, NY 10003
During my stay in New York, I got to meet up with some friends from my high school, the American International School of Guangzhou. We met up in Union Square and what better place to go sit and chat than Max Brenner?
Max Brenner is a place for “chocolate by the bald man.” Although it serves normal food such as burgers and fries, it prides itself in serving a variety of chocolate-related desserts such as waffles with chocolate syrup, chocolate fondue, chocolate lava cake…and what I found interesting was an Alice-in-Wonderland-like chocolate drink.
For our table, we decided to share everything and some of us ordered drinks for ourselves. I ordered the hazelnut chocolate smoothie (can’t remember the exact name, sorry!), which was served in a porcelain cup that said “Drink me” with a metal straw–beware for those of you who have a habit of chewing on your straws.
The chocolate fondue was mediocre though the utensils they used was very petite and cute. The fondue was served on a porcelain cup of chocolate sitting on top of a burning candle with a bowl of strawberries, banana chunks and marshmallow. I was confused with a very mini charcoal grill. After a few minutes, I realized it was for melting the marshmallow before dipping it into the chocolate.
It’s best to be shared with a few friends since the chocolate dip is very heavy. Since most of us had lunch right before we met up, it wasn’t a good choice for dessert.
The waffle with berries and chocolate syrup was not as special as I had hoped it would be as well. It came on a platter with a piece of Belgian waffle, mixed berries, chocoballs (like mini whoppers) and a few chunks of brownies. The chocolate syrup was in a mini vial on the platter.
The chocolate lava cake was again, ordinary. I was expecting a little special something added to it since we did go to a place specialized in chocolate dessert after all. The lava cake was decent but not great. I think I might have had tasted better ones from Morton’s Steakhouse or Gordon Ramsay’s at The London.
Chocolate lava cake platter
Chocolate lava cake
Overall, I set my expectations really high for this place and was disappointed. My friends told me it was a place that specializes in chocolate dessert and I walked in thinking everything would be better or more special than desserts I have tried at other restaurants.
The one thing that was special about this place was the entire place was filled with a sweet chocolate smell the moment I walked in. Furthermore, right next to the gift store section are two chocolate churners and pipes connected to them and run through the entire place as if chocolate was really dispensed from the churners (or maybe it really is). I also found these chocolate syringes at the gift store where you can heat the chocolate up to use the syrup inside (great for decorating cakes and cupcakes).
100% Pure Chocolate Pipes
Found this quote on a chocolate metal box that our bill came in: “Money for life, chocolate for the soul.”