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Great fondue??

brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 07:48 AM

It might sound cheesy (haha) but I'm looking for a romantic place that serves great fondue to celebrate my first wedding anniversary. (My husband's family is Swiss.) I've tried the fondue at Artisanal and it was pretty good, but I find the atmosphere too loud and hectic. Any suggestions?

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    secondbecky RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 07:50 AM

    Oh I'm going to Artisinal tonight. I LOVE their fondue.

    Are you looking for just cheese fondue, or meats dipped in broth/ oil as well?

    Is there a Melting Pot in the city anywhere? I know its a chain restaurant in Fla, and it's quite delicious for their cheese and meat in oil fondues (not to mention the chocolate)

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      italianagambino RE: secondbecky Jan 21, 2009 08:32 AM

      One question: do you want to go to a plkace that has a WIDE variety of fondue's or maybe one on the menu>. There are TONS of place that have one or two options.

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      italianagambino RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 08:24 AM

      Melting Pit is in LI

      62 Laight St., at Greenwich St., 212-334-4783; dylanprime.com
      310 W 53rd St.
      Mont Blanc
      315 W 48th St | Btwn 8th & 9th Ave

      People may reccomend DIP, but don't go...its awful.

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        egit RE: italianagambino Jan 21, 2009 08:42 AM

        Dip has been gone for 6 months. Yes, it was pretty bad.

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          Captain RE: italianagambino Jan 29, 2009 03:08 PM

          My wife loves fondue, and of the above, the atmosphere closest to romantic to which I have been is Swizz. I've had better fondue, but it's still good.

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          amedemonet RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 08:44 AM

          Melting Pot is very romantic if you can get out to Hoboken, otherwise, Artisinal is the best i the city. Too bad they closed DIP, that had a nice ambience with so so food. Swizz Manhatta isn't romantic, but cozy.

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            eameyer RE: amedemonet Jan 21, 2009 08:49 AM

            The Hill, which is the new Dip, also has fondue. Never tried it so I can't say how good it is. Honey on 14th Street, I think has the same owners as Dip because the menu is identical and then scene pretty similar.

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            sloane RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 09:01 AM

            The Hill is fun, but it's really a sport bar atmosphere. If you are looking for something romantic I wouldn't sugest it.

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              quizkiddonniesmith RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 09:20 AM

              I havent tried it yet, but a new fondue restaurant opened in Soho,
              La Cave Des Fondus

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                italianagambino RE: quizkiddonniesmith Jan 21, 2009 10:43 AM

                and here are some more!
                The Bourgeois Pig
                111 E. 7th St. (1st Ave. & Ave. A)

                Craft has an incredible fondue:
                Pecorino romano with honey and garnished with roasted hazelnuts and Pepperoncini...YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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                brighteyes00 RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 11:11 AM

                Thanks, everyone, for all the great suggestions! Definitely looking for a cheese fondue (husband has a serious melted cheese fixation).

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                  mahler5 RE: brighteyes00 Jan 21, 2009 06:06 PM

                  Artisinal is definitely the place.

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                    Lucia RE: mahler5 Jan 21, 2009 06:22 PM


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                      italianagambino RE: mahler5 Jan 22, 2009 05:23 AM

                      But brighteyes doesnt like artisinal :(

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                    scanditrash RE: brighteyes00 Jan 29, 2009 07:34 AM

                    Kashkaval has probably one of the best fondues in manhattan, though i havent tried the downstairs of jacques yet (cave de fondue or something like that). It can be a bit of a wait esp at peak times and its not as fancy as artesanal but its cozy, candle lit and the cheese is awesome. And they have viande sechee/bresaola which is a very swiss thing w raclette but is awesome w fondue also.
                    Or you may want to make your own at home- mix cave aged gruyere(40%), cave aged emmenthal(40%) and smoked raclette(20%) and cook in a dry vinho verde-cant beat it...

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                      eleguin RE: scanditrash Jan 29, 2009 09:28 AM

                      Le Bonne Soupe has a pretty good cheese fondue and moderately priced as well.

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                      heinlein42 RE: brighteyes00 Jan 29, 2009 12:31 PM

                      Kashkaval is great- although sometimes have to wait a bit to get in. But delicious Meditteranean food in additional to delicious fondue. Love the beer-cheddar one in particular. But lots of other types as well. Also very affordable.
                      Don't be decieved by the fact that it looks like a bit like a deli when you first walk in. The ambiance is cozy once you continue walking back a bit.

                      856 9th Ave

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                        LeahBaila RE: heinlein42 Jan 29, 2009 12:54 PM

                        Second that. Perfectly said.


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                          carfreeinla RE: heinlein42 Feb 21, 2009 04:14 AM

                          While I enjoyed the experience ( vibe and ambience) at Kashkaval a few weeks ago, the fondue was less than stellar. I know that it has a big following on this board, but I found the offerings fine for takeout, but not up to the prices. We had the Kashkaval fondue and it was a gloppy mess and almost impossible to eat. I probably won't go back.

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                          italianagambino RE: brighteyes00 Feb 3, 2009 08:18 AM

                          I Know you didnt like the atmosphere at artisinal, but check this out.

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                            wrayb RE: italianagambino Feb 20, 2009 08:00 PM

                            Thanks for that link. I've been thinking of going to Artisanal for a while and the other said Fondue this weekend so we are there.

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                              sugartoof RE: italianagambino Feb 22, 2009 02:56 AM

                              It's hard to resist fondue month, but in my experience the fondue at artisanal is rarely hot enough to really enjoy. You have to race before it gets gloopy, and not all of the cheeses they use lend themselves to melting right, and mixing with the other selections.

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