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About Max Brenner - Union Square

Max Brenner's Chocolate Bar & Chocolate Shop elevates the everyday chocolate experience to an extraordinary sensory immersion by making it shareable, pourable, dippable, dunkable & injectable. Chocolate associations are expressed everywhere: in music, in design, and of course, in taste. It surrounds you and carries you away into your own chocolate mood.

A worldwide phenomenon, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, has spread its unique culture with it's iconic dessert and decadent savory menu in United States with locations in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.

841 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Dessert, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs - 9:00am - Midnight
Fri - Sat 9:00am - 1:00am
Sun - 9:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 13th and 14th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 467-8803

Website:
http://www.maxbrenner.com/

Entertainment:
Max Brenner's signature music playlist

Public Transit:
L, N, R, Q, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 14th Street/Union Square

Private Party Contact:
Restaurant Management : (212) 388-0030

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Max Brenner - Union Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (100)
Fun (97)
Kid-friendly (85)
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Special Occasion (79)
Comfort Food (72)
Casual (70)
Good for a Date (69)
Good for Groups (55)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Great for Lunch (51)
Hot Spot (32)
Romantic (32)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Great for Brunch (26)
Cozy (25)
Late-night Find (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Afternoon Coffee (21)
Authentic (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
People Watching (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Quick Bite (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Seasonal (11)
Afternoon Tea (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Business Meals (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Scenic View (4)
Healthy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Live Sports (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Music (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 hours ago

It was fantastic, everything was perfectly cooked, their menu of desserts and drinks was amazing! I'm definitely going back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Very Good service & staff friendly love this place

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Live Music, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I come here at least every few months so I imagine I've already written a review before. This place always gives me, my friends, and my family a 10/10 experience. The menu is constantly updated and I appreciate the effort and creativity that goes into everything, from the menu's design to the cocktails to the decor. Service is always impeccable, whether during off-peak hours or evenings when there's a crowd at the front full of people hoping to get a table despite not booking a reservation. I've been here for birthdays, dinners right before screenings of classic movies at the Regal across the street, holiday get-togethers to catch up with people I haven't seen in ages, and more casual nights where a friend and I wonder, "where's a go-to that never fails?" This is such a special place, and I would say that even people far less sentimental than me would agree. This time around, I got a macchiato in a kangaroo cup (fun!) with the chocolate chunks pizza (yum! although very filling), while friends got the tea (very cute design) and appetizers (yummy and affordable). My favorite cocktail here is the White Chocolate Russian, and I recommend going to brunch here if you're a fan of fluffy pancakes and heavenly chocolate-based delights. Everyone -- from the host stand to those at the bar to the servers and bussers -- are outstandingly kind and are always without pretension. I very much appreciate the vibe here, and I want to thank the team here for another happy evening! Keep it up, guys!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food for all. Kids loved it, great kids meals. Atmosphere great, but also loud and a little crazy

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I went there on a Sunday for Brunch and ordered the Hazelnut Hot Chocolate and the Napoleon French Toast. While the hot chocolate tasted really good, the presentation was not. I mean, the cup that they use to store the hot chocolate in, it's a oval shape saucer-ish cup. I spilled it when I accidentally brushed one end of it and it tipped forward. Plus, the waitress didn't give me a spoon for it (until I asked), so was I suppose to drink it through the smaller end of the "cup"?
The Napolean French Toast was very dry. While it's not burnt, it's still very hard (or crispy, if you will); not how French Toast should be.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

My girlfriends and I took a short weekend trip to NY. While there, We decided to have brunch at Max Brenner. The food was lovely, but unfortunately we came on the wrong day. There was a birthday party for 35 screaming kids which made it hard to enjoy the rest of our meal. Outside of that, I would definitely recommend Max Brenner again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

My party was seated within 5 mins of arriving after having made our reservations 15 mins prior and arriving early. Place was packed and lively. Was seated next to a bunch of loud college students but it was a Late Saturday night in Union Square and with NYU around the block that's to be expected.

Was a good experience otherwise I'll be back again!

Tags: Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined 7 days ago

Very noisy and crowded place. You will have no privacy sitting down. Your chair will be few inches away from another person not in your party!!!!
Food was good, but nothing special about it. You can get similar food at many other places. I have table reserved, but I had to wait 30 min to get table!!!

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was too loud and packed. We sat at high traffic area and it felt like as people walked by they were touching our food with coat sleeves or bags because it was a narrow space to walk through. They should get rid of that table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The restaurant was freezing cold on a blustery frigid day in November. Our server tried hard but kept us waiting often. The food was not memorable, although the dessert was. Loud, crowded and noisy.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing! The dessert I ordered (s'mores crepe) and the hot chocolate was absolutely amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

frustratign experience at checkin .

made our rez thru open table for 2 - moments later i updated it to 4 - when we checked in we were told the rez was for 2 only - we were told to wait - almost 30 minutes later we still weren't seated . when we checked back in at hostess stand it showed our rez as a no show - the hostess didn't check us in properly we waited for nothing - the restaurant has plenty of available tables error by the hostess/restaurant - frustrating....

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very slow service! But the food is amazing worth th wait!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

If I could give this place 10 stars I would. Best hot chocolate of all time, and the food is good (and really not outrageously expensive, given the location and novelty factor) too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was wonderful! Food is always delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great Experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Family diner the food was not as expected ! Service was fast we didn’t have to wait for to long for the food to arrive but it was cold the hamburgers came with less stuff that they sad !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Too noisy, too crazy, too expensive, great for creative desserts.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is so so and a bit pricey. But you go for the delicious chocolate desserts. Best desserts ever!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

I've wanted to eat at Max Brenner's for a long time, and have been many times to buy chocolate syringes (which are absolutely delicious). When I finally went with my boyfriend, the experience was awful- the "table" I had reserved ended up being a communal booth, so we were wedged between other couples, all of us trying to talk over each other and the waiters having us shout to order our food. The food was fine, but the terrible atmosphere led the place to feel more like a chain restaurant than anything. I was expecting MUCH better. We didn't even want to stay for dessert (our original goal, because they have an impressive dessert menu) because it was so loud and hard to relax. Not good for a romantic night. Overwhelming dessert menu and underwhelming dinner menu. I might stop by for chocolate syringes in the future, but I will NEVER bother booking a "table" again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

It was all okay BUT even when I went to the hostess to ask about my reservation she said she'd 'check me in' so that she knows I'm here but then when I went to check again after waiting for 45 minutes they had completely lost my reservation and I was no longer in the system. My reservation was at 6:15 pm and it was already 7 pm and I was still waiting for a table meanwhile people who had reservations at 7:15 already were getting a table (even with the same amount of guests). The hostess there at the time wasn't very friendly and often times didn't even raise her head from the computer to greet any of the people infront of her. Not a good experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Everything was on par. The only thing I’d add is that they didn’t share with my server my request to sing Haply Birthday to my sister. I added this during my OT reservation but I had to ask my server in cognito, to make it happen. She was gracious and gave us a brownie with the sparkler she said if she had know it would have come with our dessert.)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went to the restaurant to meet up with family. It was VERY crowded with MANY birthdays. The food wasn't as good as it was last time so we were a little disappointed. Our waitress was very attentive which was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place to Take family and friends. The ambience was fine and my kids really enjoyed it. The food was delicious and the word choices for everyone. The chocolate pizza was great and just with my kids were expecting. Look forward to coming back again soon.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was amazing! The food was even better!! Max Brenner is my go to spot with my boyfriend. It’s our favorite place. We always recommend it! We didn’t wait long for a food but our waiter still apologized and I told him we didn’t even notice! Such a great guy!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved this place and look forward to going back! Service was great! Our server, Irene, was wonderful. Great food choices and everything we ordered was wonderful! The hot chocolate is amazing!!! The only downside was the music was a bit too loud! Will definitely go back!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This place was absolutely amazing. My date loved it. It was my second time going but it was his first. He was in love with all the chocolate options and couldnt thank me enough for introducing him to this place. The service was great. The only thing I didnt like was the seating. It was not a comfortable spot to sit at, but the food made all of that go away. I highly recommend the mac and cheese to all the cheese lovers.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was very good! Definitely a must if you are a chocolate lover.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Different ! Very Good ! Fun !
If ever in New York again, I would make it a point to go back !

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We came for the chocolate, and decided to try dinner as well. Our dessert was absolutely delicious, and the Chocolate White Russian I ordered was one of the best drinks I ever had. However, I originally was served the wrong order, and then was charged for that wrong order in addition to my correct order, which I had to wait the same amount of time for. Considering I ordered a salad, I don't think my order was expedited in the least. They corrected my bill, but I think between the slow service, wrong order, and incorrect bill, there could be some improvements in this restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Good food(cool and innovative), great service. Causal and relaxed environment

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The service was terrible, the food was nothing special, the place needs some update and the bathrooms were very dirty and need to be repaired and some update!!!

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food is amazing and the service is always fantastic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Enjoyed the sandwiches, crepes and hot chocolate! Milkshake and cappuccino were good too!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Everything was perfect. The food was delicious, and the staff was incredibly friendly. I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I had a great time here. We were celebrating my friend’s 29th birthday. It was a great crowd, our server Julio was super great and patient with us. The birthday woman didn’t want to eat anything because we came for a brunch and she eats gluten free things and the brunch menu had only a few gluten free items. Julio, our server, was SUPER patient with us and we were able to work something out and we had an amazing time. Thank you so much for this experience and we appreciate our server helping us. You guys rock! This was a first time for all of us and it was a great time. Great job.

Love,



Ife

Tags: Live Sports, Fun, Business Meals, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Organic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Took my daughter for her birthday. This place is perfect for birthdays and gatherings. If you love chocolate, you will definitely enjoy this place.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I loved it, I wish I was able to finish the macaroni but i had to have room for dessert!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

They went out of their way to make sure the food was safe for our food allergies. Excellent burgers and dessert!

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