Max Brenner - Union Square

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Comfort Food
For more than 20 years, Max Brenner has offered a chocolate experience for all the senses. A visit to our Chocolate Bar and Shop, will entice magical memories in everyone. Because, chocolate, more than any other food, symbolizes our childhood.

At Max Brenner, you will enjoy an abundance of desert made of all sorts of chocolate concoctions. All of this, combined with a full menu of salads, sandwiches, entrees, and pizzas, offer an experience for anyone at any age.

Our New York store is located in the heart of Union Square, where young people, families, and tourists alike can come and enjoy a delicious pastime in a cheerful atmosphere.

Are you looking to celebrate a special event sometime soon? We can create a chocolate experience you and your guests will never forget. We will take care of everything from personalized menus to outstanding service and everything in between

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great place, perfect music level. Recommend having a reservation prior. Our server was one of a kind, thank you Teresa for being so attentive. Highly recommend the OMG Quesadilla.

CP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our seats were a little close to the guests next to us. But it was a crowed night so that’s probably why. The onion rings were a bit cold but the entree was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better desserts. Some thing for everyone!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time being there and it was a cool experience. Will definitely make my way back there soon

MW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food could use some work. BALT sandwich is good but our tomatoe was green and 100% not ripened.
Service was good

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Great food. Terrible service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great I loved the Christmas decorations as soon you come in it’s like a Chocolate winter wonderland lol definitely will be returning soon

DG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went to celebrate my birthday. I had a reservation, but half of my party arrived late. They really had to work to accommodate us. The restaurant was PACKED. I know! It was a very difficult situation. I m sure they would want to bang their head on the wall. Still, without a single crossed comment or look they accommodated all of us. I had a great night and I am very grateful. Our server I think was Micky???? Sorry, it was so hectic I m not sure. Thanks everyone

YU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great, but when you left your clothes smells to much food, and icy is annoying. Should be a better extraction system

d
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday celebration! Holiday season kick off! Love this place! Delicious s’mores pizza! Good job with the sangria! It took us 30 minutes to get the pitcher which seemed odd if you make it the night before... so busy our server had a hard time keeping up...

CH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place during the holidays.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Max Brenners has been a staple outing for my family for more than a decade. We come here specifically for the Mac and Cheese as well as their desserts. It can get very busy so I recommend making a reservation when possible. Staff is very nice and service is fast. My only point of feedback would be that the music can be really loud making it hard to talk to each other.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy but very efficient! We were really surprised by the excellent service we received! The food came out quickly & was quite good. The kids loved the fun food and the dessert was delish! Great experience and a great value for the city!

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food4service4ambience1

Freezing and staff did not care

SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time. Our server was fantastic and the food was great. The hostesses were borderline rude. They seemed bothered by questions we asked and then scolded us for “being seated before we paid for drinks at the bar”, even though I was in the process of getting our server to pay for the drinks at the bar. Despite the hostesses being rude, I would still go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Noisy and bad service hot cocoa arrived late and cold. Fruit never arrived but was on the bill.

LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank you! Can’t wait to return ❤️
Please consider having a 24hrs breakfast menu 🙏

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sweet 16 dinner for my daughter and her friends. Young ladies had a great time. They especially loved to fondu desert.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Mac and cheese is phenomenal

J
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great stop for a family of tourists with kids. AMAZING desserts. I appreciate the real food as well!

J
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Recommend this place for their desserts. Deserts are large and made for sharing.

MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The hostess at the door was AMAZING! I’ve had some poor service provided right at the hostess podium but tonight, she was amazing.

AO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The service was nice but the my mom’s steak was subpar, didn’t have a taste and was dry, so were the burgers, on the dry side. I am used to a better quality meal at MB. The deserts were great. It’s was really noisy with very loud music, hard to hear anyone talk. It would be nice if they had tuned the music down a bit.

AL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Fun place but very noisy because of the music and loud group next to us. Food was good, had salads, burgers and of course dessert. The marshmallows with the chocolate dip is the best! The teas are good and hot chocolates tasty. Unfortunately the bathrooms were unkempt and no toilet paper, so that was umm awkward.

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I made a reservation for 11/23/19 after receiving a gift card to visit with my husband. We made a reservation, however, with Manhattan traffic, we ran a bit under 15 min. behind our scheduled time. When my husband went in to provide the hostess with our reservation info, she informed him that she could not look up the reservation with a name , only a reservation number. I as a business owner myself know that there are several ways to retrieve reservation details with reservation systems. It seemed as if she was trying to give him a hard time because the restaurant was crowded and she did not want to accommodate him. As I was looking for parking I was forced to pull over and send him a screenshot of the reservation number. After that, she made him wait an additional 15 minutes in which she seated us in the cold entrance of the restaurant directly in front of the door where the cold breeze would hit us directly as each guest walker through the door. I went up to the hosting booth to request another seat and she hastily told me there are no other seats. There were clearly many other options. She said that I'd have to wait a long time for another seat. While she was giving me this rude and un-acomodating answer, which I was not going to accept, I looked back to find a kinder gentlemen re- seating us when my husband asked, as the same rude hostess watched him being moved. Her unpleasant greeting was very un-welcoming and cold, especially on a Saturday date with my husband, a time where we just wanted to go on a date and simply unwind. The food was fair, our waitress was pleasant, but I honestly was turned off by the rude waitress at the front who was obviously there to complete her hours only for a paycheck. She clearly does not consider the risk that she puts the restaurant, owners, and managers at stake with. I apologize the the managers who work so hard, for this negative review. They need to find an alternate hostess overall. My entire vibe was ruined.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We had a reservation for 6:45 but were not seated until after 7:30! Our table was a very tight space. Kids enjoyed the desserts but we wished we didn’t have to wait so long even with a reservation!

DN
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent. We had a large party and we made reservations through Open Table. They sat us quickly, the food came quickly, the server was attentive and we had a great time. We could've asked for more.

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good spot to bring kids. fun menu with tons of desserts and the food was good too. there were a ton of kids birthdays while we were here, including our party!

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went for my birthday. The waitress was great. She was friendly and helpful. The food was good. I had a great time. This was my 3rd time going there and this was by far my favorite time.

D
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible chocolate, good food and service. Great for celebrating my child's birthday!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

There were flies flying around the restaurant and this is winter time.

Also they bring out a syringe with tomato sauce and neglect to tell you that it could splatter. While trying to push the syringe i accidentally splatted tomato sauce all over my wife and daughters shirt.

It took them a while to get us plates for sharing

SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience1

It was super hot and uncomfortable where we seated upstairs. The waiter was super friendly, helpful and attentive. The food was sub-par for the cost and the restaurant is very basic in decor. Nothing more than your standard chain restaurant. It needs updating. No need to go back for me.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was amazing and very attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hot chocolate I have ever had!

TG
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

For a Saturday get away date, it was awesome to be able to go there, actually be seated on time from reservation time. The service wasn't that great from our waiter, she tended to a lot of her other tables before us and kept forgetting to bring necessary items we needed to have a meal, napkins, utensils, etc. Not really happy with that but overall, I am definitely coming back to enjoy the chocolate martinis with friends and family. :)

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! The atmosphere was fun and I’ve never in my life had such a decadent and rich chocolate experience. We will 100% be coming back! Everything was worth the price which I still found as doable and not overly expensive.

RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Was a decent experience. Pretty disappointed that sparklers were specifically requested for the birthday girl’s dessert and they brought it out with a small candle instead. We thought it was because they didn't have any but then saw later that another person got sparklers with their dessert so it felt like a choice.

LJ
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Very cold restaurant! I couldn’t take my jacket off for the entire meal. Was greatly looking forward to the food based on a personal recommendation, so disappointed. Burger was ok but nothing special, churros were extremely over cooked, came with a lovely chocolate sauce though. Not the cheapest. Would not visit again

TG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Sorry but it's not worth it. Especially if you have more than 4 in your party. Shoved upstairs in an uninviting space that doesn't even make you feel like you are out to eat. Maybe at a diner. Too bad we chose this place to celebrate my sons birthday and they did nothing to accommodate us. Will never go again. Food was just ok. Best part of the night was the waiter.

JF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! The ambience could have been better. It was very loud in the restaurant.

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