Something about winter in New York City makes warming up beside the heat of a fondue pot sound delightful - and delicious. Luckily, there are several tried-and-true options for finding fondue - whether it's cheese that you crave, or a chocolaty dessert.
Mention fondue in the city, and at the ready for most will be The Bourgeois Pig. With both cheese and chocolate on the menu, the first part is deciding which one you want. Both ends of the spectrum offer inventive combinations of dip, from the Blue Castello with honey ($24) to the white chocolate with elderflower and lemon zest ($28). If you're thirsty, skip the wine and go for a champagne punch bowl. At $40, it's a good choice if you're in a group, but don't bring too many friends. The cozy space is best for dates or groups up to four.
With more accommodations, you most likely won't have to worry too much about waits at Dylan Prime, a steakhouse that also serves up a fondue of five farmhouse cheeses for the table ($19). It's a great appetizer before you head to the main course - steak, of course.
As the name implies, Artisanal Fromagerie, Bistro & Wine Bar specializes in cheese. Under fondue, you can find Gouda and Stout, Stilton and Sauternes, the restaurant's own special blend, and a fondue du jour. Whatever you decide, it's good for small groups ($24 for 1-3 persons) or larger ($40 for 4-6 persons). And thanks to the restaurant's extensive wine list, you're sure to find something to pair your pick with. If you're going the dessert route, Artisanal also has a chocolate fondue for two ($24.50).
The mullet of restaurants, Kashkaval is business in the front (cheese and gourmet foods market), party in the back (intimate cheese bar). That includes fondue served the traditional way in a cast iron pot with a French baguette. Choose from among classic Swiss, a cheddar/beer blend, its namesake, Kashkaval, and Gorgonzola (all $12). For an extra $6, add vegetables or meats for dipping.
JakeWalk in Brooklyn may boast a variety of whiskeys, but it also houses 40 different cheeses and 20 cured meats. And luckily, the two combine for a mean fondue. The cheese in question rotates, served in a cute little cauldron with bread, salami and green apple slices for dipping (cost: $16). A chocolate fondue ($12) is also on the menu, its sole sweet option. It's not a bad one.
For those with strictly a sweet tooth, Brooklyn's The Chocolate Room is at your service. Its chocolate fondue for two pairs a 60 percent Belgian chocolate with fresh fruit, pound cake, and homemade marshmallows ($14). Spring for a pairing with two Moscato D'Asti ($23), and you've got yourself a date.
Why? Whether it's sweet or savory, you know it'll be delicious
Where:The Bourgeois Pig - 111 E. 7th St.; Dylan Prime - 62 Laight St.; Artisanal - 2 Park Ave.; Kashkaval - 856 9th Ave.; JakeWalk - 282 Smith St. in Brooklyn; The Chocolate Room - 86 5th Ave. and 269 Court St., both in Brooklyn