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Restaurant Review: Chocolate By The Bald Man

Cristina Foglietta

Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man is a unique restaurant with a variety of foods for both dinner and dessert. Max Brenner is known for its famous chocolate desserts and is truly heaven for all chocolate lovers. It is almost like a dream or fantasy in pure chocolate. Its 10 page chocolate dessert menu is unlike any I have ever since before.

Max Brenner’s mouthwatering desserts include its champion favorite chocolate chunks pizza, which is an out of this world experience, featuring several types of scrumptious chocolate fondues, soothing chocolate soup, delightful chocolate waffles, delectable chocolate crepes, luscious, melting chocolate truffle heart cakes, delicious classics with a chocolate twist, tasty ice cream sundaes and popsicles and yummy cookies and brownies. It has the baked dough of a real pizza pie with melted liquid milk, dark and white chocolate sauce, with fluffy, gooey marshmallows on top. It is so pleasurable that it’s orgasmic! You will feel like you died and went to heaven. Additional toppings include peanut butter, bananas, and crushed hazel nuts.

There is a separate Sweet Drinks Menu, which includes classic chocolate drinks, such as cappuccinos, mochas, espressos, hot chocolate, lattes with new unique twists, frozen chocolate frappes, ice cream milkshakes, chocolate cocktails, fruit smoothies, and Brenner’s famous suckao, a concentrated hot chocolate shot , and kangaroo cup, mocha from Yemen which has a unique chocolate aroma.

Max Brenner has actual “proper” food as well, which includes eclectic and international foods. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, sporting European classics, such as Italian pastas, paninis, and pizzas, French crepes and quiches, Greek salads and pitas, Mexican tacos and quesadillas, Asian chicken salad, Thai chicken, and American classics such as burgers, Mac and cheese, potato skins, chicken wings, spinach, and artichoke dip. To my delight, Max Brenner is vegetarian-friendly. I ate Max’s Sunday Mood Pasta, which consists of fresh tomatoes, spinach, and ricotta cheese with a tomato pesto sauce on Rotelle pasta.

Max Brenner only takes reservations online. The wait is 10 to 15 minutes long during the day. However, the line can be painfully long on Friday and Saturday nights, so I suggest you make a reservation. They take your name and tell you to wait inside their restaurant in their gift shop area. The attire is casual and dressy casual. It is not very handicap accessible since there are tables taking up almost the entire space, making it difficult for a wheel chair to even get into the restaurant. The restrooms are not the best. There are only two or three stalls, which always results in a long wait and crowd inside.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating towards any special requests, such as food allergies and certain diets. I always receive exactly what I order and am very pleased with the results. The food is served relatively fast. The atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in a European café with its dim lighting and various European meals, drinks, and desserts. The location is a large space, filled with numerous tables, amusing displays and decorations of sweets and treats. It is like Willy Wonka with an upscale European twist, as Max Brenner, himself, created his wonderful world of chocolate. The two floors let everyone get into the popular restaurant fairly quickly.

Max Brenner’s menus include a regular food menu, a brunch menu, a kids menu, a famous dessert menu, a drinks menu, and even a takeout menu. The pricing is fair, depending on what and how much you order. However, it can get expensive since there are so many things to offer. There is a never-ending selection of various foods.

Max Brenner has locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and abroad. The main New York City location, two floors and a gift shop, is in Union Square on 841 Broadway Ave between 13th and 14th streets.  The other Manhattan location, a smaller and more bar/café-style eatery, is in the East Village at 141 2nd Ave. Max Brenner’s hours of operations are 9 a.m. until midnight Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Sundays. To make a reservation, visit the website at

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