Oh dear sweet Max. You have seduced me with your chocolatey treats & charming ambiance.
One of my absolute favourite places in all of New York might just have to be Max Brenner's. I liken him to a real-life version of Willy Wonka ... and the shop in Union Square is his factory.
My mom and I first experienced a mug of their out-of-this-world hot chocolate last summer on a rainy day (but of course!) I ordered the dark melting marshellow (she ordered the white hot chocolate). They come in little hug mugs that form perfectly to your hands. What a great name, hug mug. It makes me want a warm cup of cocoa even now.
I have returned (more times than I'd care to admit) this summer because you really can never get enough. The delectable scent as you walk in the door is enough to make you go into endorphin overload. If you're ever in a sour mood, this place is the cure. You always leave with a skip in your step and the notion that nothing is ever as bad as it seems.
Where to even begin with the menu!? There are 2, which even I just discovered! My original thought was that it's solely a dessert place for a warm treat on a chilly night. The chocolate fondue for sharing is a personal favourite. I'll let the menu explain for itself:
A trio of melted fondues offers a choice of two chocolates (dark, milk, white) and warm toffee caramel. Served with banana bread, strawberries, sliced bananas and your own personal grill to roast marshmellows.
That's only the beginning. They have an entire menu, its more like a short story book, chalked-full of mouth watering sweets. It's a little taste of heaven.
The second is their breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Oh my. I would even go back just for the food alone (I'm sure temptation would take over and force me to order a dessert as well) but that's how amazing it is. Max's Sunday Mood Pasta with fresh baby tomatoes, sauteed spinach, ricotta cheese and tomato-pesto is a comfort dish indeed. Their salads, burgers, waffle fries, EVERYTHING is a must-try!
Ah, I'm getting hungry just talking about it!
So again, if ever in New York. Rain, or shine - Max Brenner's your man.