Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Max Brenner

As a New Yorker, I tend to avoid tourist places due to higher price points and the crowds (and the long waits).  However I do make an exception for Max Brenner's.

Max Brenner was one of the first places my fiance took me too when I first moved to New York City.  I was amazed by the chocolate and the oddly designed drinkware.  As well as the food was modestly  We went there again a couple more times, but the price seemed more expensive and the wait suddenly was not worth it.

Making memories

Recently, I had the opportunity to go back.  ElleJay from Sherry and Cookies was in town and I was invited to a small get together.  Max Brenner was on the agenda and I decided to give it another chance. Thankfully there was brunch on the menu.

Since it was St. Patrick's Day, most of the table splurged on drinks.

Berry Nutty Professor
Peach Lemonade
Max's White Russian

I went with the Lazy Breakfast, presuming it was just your average "two eggs any style" staple. When it arrived I was very wrong and understood the "lazy" part of the title. I ordered and expected two eggs (sunnyside up) with bacon on the side and perhaps a roasted slice of tomato. Instead it was two fried eggs, tomato, and bacon bits as an omelette.  Which was delicious and became a Max Brenner convert once again (at least for it's brunch menu). My only disappointment was that the eggs were more cooked through than a runny yolk I tend to prefer.

Lazy Breakfast.

On another note it also came with a sugar biscuit with butter and milk chocolate, as well as home fries. At first I was unsure how to use the chocolate, until it occurred that I could just drizzle it on the biscuit!

And the rest of our party's lunches were just as delicious.

Pasta and paninis for everyone
Kobe Beef Burger that was split in half with waffle fries and chili mayo.

Taking into account that I was with Lolitas that day, we all chipped in for dessert.  There was a sharing plate, a fondue for two, and banana tempura.  And Max Brenner you should always save room for dessert, since chocolate is their specialty. Though be sure to share. This would be the only way you can finish without feeling guilty.

European Chocolate Fondue for two
A sampler plate of everything on the dessert menu. Fondue not pictured.
Banana Tempura
Max Brenner is restaurant with slightly higher prices and long waits. When we visited there was practically no wait. They don't take reservations for small groups, so if you are on a date have some topics of conversation on hand.  But for chocolate it's always well worth the wait.

Max Brenner
841 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

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