|Max Brenner's Chocolate Shop
||[May. 28th, 2008|12:28 pm]
New York - New Jersey Cuisine
djdysfunction was intrigued by my mention of Max Brenner last week, so I thought I'd elaborate.|
As a rabid fan of chocolate, I was surprised I hadn't heard about this place earlier. Max Brenner's is a chain of eateries that started in Australia and recently opened up branches in NYC. It's called "The Chocolate Shop" because all of the entrees are chocolate-based. Ok, that's not entirely true- there is your standard fare of T.G.I.Fridays-style food, but that's not the interesting part. It's about chocolate.
For starters, there are drinks. A variety of choco-tinis, chock-tails (no, I can't take credit for making up that word), chocolate shots and chocolate coffees are available, often adorned with gummi bears and other candies in place of the more traditional olive. My favorite so far is the Chocolate Truffle Martini, but the Chocolate Banana Island Martini and the Maragnan were great too.
The drinks are just a warmup, though. The main courses are essentially chocolate desserts super-sized to become meals by themselves. The entrees that I'd particularly recommend are crepes stuffed with melted marshmallow and chocolate, waffles topped with bananas and toffee crunch, and of course, my favorite, chocolate fondue. Do not kid yourself- these are dense offerings. Chocolate is heavy, and these things eat like a meal, not like a dessert. It is ironic that the restaurant even offers "dessert" on its menu; I've always been too full to even think about that last page. I'm sure it has nothing to do with me chugging shots of pure molten chocolate (which they include with most entrees, supposedly to pour over your food to make it more chocolatey).
If you are a lover of things chocolatey, and want to try a meal made of candy, then this is definitely your kind of place.
There are two locations in NYC- one in Union Square, and one at the corner of 2nd ave and 9th st. The Union Square location is larger, but much more crowded- all the NYU students go there. I like the 2nd ave location better- it's a bit more off the beaten path, and I've always gotten a table there.