Dedicated to creating “a new chocolate culture,” Max Brenner, who often refers to himself as "the bald man," opened this restaurant devoted solely to chocolate back in 2006. Located in the East Village, the loud, cocoa-colored eatery features a chocolate bar and Wonka-esque design elements like a brown, serpentine ceiling pipe that's labeled "100% Pure Chocolate." Sweet items like fondues, s'mores, and "Max Iscream" fill the menu, and while Brenner's Chocolate Chunks Pizza is always a customer favorite, it's hard to overlook specialty cocktails like White Russians made with white chocolate. Un-chocolaty menu items include the famous Brenner Burger (served with barbecue sauce) along with various sandwiches, salads, and even breakfast items.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.