Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Max(?) and the Chocolate Factory

After dinner last night at Otto, we were definitely too full for dessert, but weren't ready to call it a night. I came up with a compromise...Max Brenner. If you have never been to Max Brenner, the experience can be summed up in one word. CHOCOLATE. The scent of chocolate fills the air, everything is decorated in shades of brown, and there are pipes full of chocolate running through the restaurant. A chocolate lover's dream, or as Max Brenner calls it, a chocolate love story.

So you might be asking, why are we going to a chocolate/dessert restaurant after just finishing a huge meal? Well in addition to the desserts covered in chocolate (chocolate covered waffles, chocolate crepes, chocolate mousse, etc.) and a full savory menu, they also have a coffee bar.

Now, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love a good cup of hot chocolate. And lucky for us, Max Brenner is known for his hot chocolate. It's a little more expensive than Starbuck's, but it is about 100 times better. When you order, you're able to choose between dark, milk, and white chocolate. I was a little disappointed when I saw the tiny cup it came in, but after taking one sip, I quickly realized why it's so small...this was the richest (and best) hot chocolate I have ever tasted.

If you're in the Union Square area, and are experiencing a major sweet tooth, Max Brenner is the spot for you.

Some suggestions (and this comes from this another visit as well as last night):
- The savory crepes (while not made of chocolate) are fantastic, especially the Smoked Turkey Mushroom Crepe
- The Munchies Waffle is unreal...possibly even better than Belgian waffles...in Belgium.
- Order the hot chocolage in the Hug Mug. It's a special mug that Max Brenner designed to give you the ultimate, cozy hot chocolate experience.

Max Brenner
Broadway
b/t 13th & 14th Streets
website
Menu Pages listing

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