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edwardspk Mar 24, 2011 11:53 AM

I'm thinking of getting a nice cheese fondue tonight before Spring settles in. Is Artisinal the place to go? Or do CHers recommend somewhere else?

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Artisanal
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

  1. princeofpork Mar 24, 2011 11:54 AM

    Great cheese and wine. A fully enjoyable meal. If you are alone sit at the bar. You get great service there.

    1. Motosport Mar 24, 2011 12:03 PM

      It's spelled Artisanal and is excellent for fondue.

      1. Spiritchaser Mar 24, 2011 12:08 PM

        Yummmm, fondue at Artisanal, love it.

        1. rose water Mar 24, 2011 01:41 PM

          I guess I'll be the naysayer here. In all my visits there, I've been disappointed--uninspired and/or dried out bread, cold staff, and an incredibly loud room.

          1. t
            Thupamodel Mar 24, 2011 02:50 PM

            Yes, go there for fondue. They are KNOWN for their cheeses, so you can't go wrong with a fab pot of fondue. Had it, love it!

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              benn2009 Mar 24, 2011 03:59 PM

              I've been dying to go ever since seeing it on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." I can't say I have ever wanted to literally have in front of me what I just saw on the screen, but that pot of fondue and all of the wonderful things they give you to dip into it just about did it for me!

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              1. re: benn2009
                TrishUntrapped Mar 25, 2011 05:55 AM

                As I recall, the fondue just comes with bread. All those "wonderful things" are an extra charge and can really add up. It's too bad it doesn't come with an assorted plate of good dippers.

                1. re: TrishUntrapped
                  Spiritchaser Mar 25, 2011 07:05 AM

                  You beat me to it T U. Yes, the extras are extra and IMO worth it, get some of the potatoes, apples, and the kielbasa, yes, it adds a little to the bill but it can turn the fondue into a nice small meal on it's own if there are two of you. Wish they still had the Stilton blend they use to have.

                  1. re: Spiritchaser
                    Miss Needle Mar 25, 2011 01:51 PM

                    What a bummer that they stopped serving the Stilton. That was my favorite.

                    1. re: Miss Needle
                      Spiritchaser Mar 27, 2011 08:43 AM

                      That was a fondue with some punch.

              2. Sommelier Mar 24, 2011 10:11 PM

                I've enjoyed the fondue there, as well as the terrific selection of wines by the glass.

                1. k
                  KC1 Mar 25, 2011 09:55 AM

                  I had great fondue the other night at Heartbreak Restaurant down in the east village. Casual but great food.

                  http://www.heartbreakrestaurant.com/

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                  Heartbreak
                  29 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10003

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                    cidonie Mar 25, 2011 10:45 AM

                    I think Artisanal is great, but Taureau is my favorite for fondue. So many choices and it's BYOB too.

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                    Taureau
                    127 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                    1. princeofpork Mar 25, 2011 11:48 AM

                      I wonder how fattening a serving of Fondue is? Curious if its more than a big mac and fries.

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