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Anyone know of a good fondue place?

Zion Jan 8, 2007 11:11 PM

not just cheese fondue but chicken, beef...
thanx

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    RGR Jan 8, 2007 11:19 PM

    Mont Blanc, a Swiss restaurant, at 308 W. 48th St., is your best bet. Acc. to their website, they serve 4 different kinds of fondues: cheese, beef, seafood, and chocolate. I've never tried this place, but I recall past posts by other Hounds who have had some positive things to say about it.

    http://www.montblancrestaurant.com

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      lanamonster Jan 10, 2007 03:09 AM

      I really like Mont Blanc. It's not at all trendy or fashionable, it's kind of a place that time forgot, but the food is really good, although I think I've only had apps and the beef fondue. Ooh, and chocolate, rich and dark and really good. The cheese is really smelly-strong. You get more food than you could ever eat. And it's quiet and cozy and I want to go now that I'm reminded of it. But really, it depends what you are looking for, as the slightly musty ambiance probably is not to everyone's taste.

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      cricri7 Jan 8, 2007 11:27 PM

      L'artisanal pops to mind when we talk about cheese fondue. Theirs is supposed to be made with great cheeses.

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        downtownstefanie Jan 9, 2007 12:46 AM

        i second artisanal for higher end quality fondue with great dippers.
        For a more casual scene, Dip has a number of fondue options with meats,

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          Scott V Jan 9, 2007 03:42 PM

          No offense, but Dip is a bad fondue place.

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            dkstar1 Jan 9, 2007 05:44 PM

            Dip is an awful, awful place. Expect to get carded even if you are going for dinner at 7pm. The place is a joke. A really, really bad joke.

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            planetjess May 8, 2009 05:42 AM

            Thirding (or tenthing or whatever) Artisanal. I have never found its equal for fondue in the city. They'll have at least a few cheese blends (your fondue will actually taste of high quality cheese, rather than something akin to melty cheese sauce) to choose from, and bread, fruit, meat and veg to dip. Solid wine list and fun bistro atmosphere. If anyone with you wants something other than fondue, the rest of the menu is reliable as well.

            Finally, my secret Artisanal fondue vice--use an order of the gougeres as a dipper for the fondue. Possibly the most sinful bite in New York.

          3. dkstar1 Jan 9, 2007 02:37 PM

            FYI about Artisanal...February is their special "Fondue Month". 28 different fondues. My favorite is the short rib one.

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              Offbalance Jan 9, 2007 05:49 PM

              28 different fondues?! So much for my diet...thanks for the tip!

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              mfr Jan 9, 2007 02:51 PM

              Have never tried it, but Kashkeval on 9th btwn 55th & 56th has a fondue menu.

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                LttlMichey Jan 9, 2007 02:57 PM

                I went to Kashkeval a few months ago and it was very good. Just be warned that the space is small - we ended up waiting about 30 minutes for a table. But I enjoyed it more than Artisanal, and felt we got more bang for our buck.

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                  maureen_ fitzpatrick May 7, 2009 03:57 PM

                  We went last week. The prices can't be beat $12 per fondue--amazingly good. Imported beer $5. Staff amazingly friendly and attentive. Downside...a small speaker BLARES out obnoxious, static music from the 70s (?), and I mean bad so that all the diners get bombarded. We were shouting at each other and finally couldn't do it any longer, lost my voice. For quality and price this beats Artisanal --where we're going to get a fix tonight...because just can't take the noise of Kashkeval. (Not many choices for fondue in Manhattan.)

                2. eatfood Jan 9, 2007 04:01 PM

                  I like SWIZZ on w. 53rd st. It's got a wine bar downstairs and the service there is just so friendly.

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                    rasmark1 Dec 5, 2007 08:59 PM

                    SWIZZ? oh no you didn't! Fondue is one of my top 10 favorite foods. I cook it and will sometimes eat it in restaurants. I only consider classic Swiss fondue to be of significant interest. I actually never understood boiled in broth meat nor fried in oil meat. Keep it. Good fondue in NYC? I have not had it since La Fondue closed. Aritsinal's classic fondue is fair. Cheese Cellar is fair. SWIZZ's cheese fondue was a vile, glutenous mess with little specks of flour and starch. One of the worst restaurant experiences i ever had, in fact.

                    The problem with fondue is that it is expensive to make. $10 a pound cheese and $40 a bottle kirsch. Restaurants have to grapple with using less than the best ingredients to make their profit. Make it at home and buy the best cheese and kirsch you can afford. Kirsch, not brandy. Real kirsch from Europe, not imitation American kirsch. The wine should be decent though not expensive. Wonderful holiday eats.

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                      MaryKatesMom May 7, 2009 06:25 PM

                      If you like classic cheese fondue, might I suggest La Bonne Soupe 48 W 55th. I'd love to hear what you think.

                      http://www.labonnesoupe.com/about.php

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                        pbjluver May 7, 2009 09:21 PM

                        Has La Bonne Soupe re-opened?
                        They had a bad fire a few months ago

                        check first

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                          RGR May 7, 2009 11:31 PM

                          The notice on La Bonne Soupe's website says they hope to reopen mid- to late May.

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                            MaryKatesMom May 8, 2009 06:15 AM

                            I feel terrible I reccomended a place that isn't currently open. We were there in December and it was wonderful. I called to confirm that they were still closed and they said they would be open by the end of the month.

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                    FondueFaerie Oct 23, 2010 07:16 AM

                    Is there a Melting Pot in the city? We have one on Long Island and I love it when I don't make fondue at home.

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