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The best fondue in NYC

Warm up with the best fondue in New York, from classic cheese to vegan varieties and chocolate potages

By Christina Izzo and Time Out New York contributors

The world has been pretty anxiety-inducing for, well, ever, but we’re of the mind that cheese fixes damn-near everything, so how better to soothe your worries and sorrows than in bubbling vats of the best fondue in NYC? You can get crocks of traditional fondue au fromage at some of the city’s best French restaurants or your favorite neighborhood cheese shop, but New York is also home to chocolatey dessert fondues and even dairy-free versions from the city’s top vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Grab a long-pronged fork and get ready for dipping at these restaurants and shops offering the best fondue in NYC.

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Best fondue in NYC

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1. Café Select

Restaurants Swiss Nolita

Serge Becker could draw a crowd if he served nothing more interesting than baked beans on toast. At Cafe Select, the nightlife-impresario-turned-restaurateur (La Esquina, the Box, 205) does virtually that—offering up the sort of working-class Swiss comfort food you might find in a factory cafeteria in the Alps. (Becker, who grew up in Switzerland, was presumably pining for the simple pleasures of home.) The back room rolls out for-two fondue ($29) in the winter months: The rich Gruyère-raclette concoctions can come flavored with white truffle, wild mushrooms, dark beer, and more. 

2. Taureau

Restaurants French West Village

Taureau’s single-subject purview encompasses a dizzying selection of cheeses, various cuts of pork and beef, dark and milk chocolates, and sides for dipping. The creamy fondue (placed atop an induction burner cleverly built into the table) is a fine coating for garlic croutons; other sides including roasted vegetables and cured meats.

The Forest at the Standard, High Line
Photograph: The Standard, High Line

3. The Forest at the Standard

Hotels Chain hotels Meatpacking District

At the wintertime makeover of the Standard’s courtyard, the festive space is filled with fresh pine trees and twinkling lights, plus outdoor heaters and faux-fur throw blankets to keep you warm and cozy. And the food-and-drink menu is similarly warming: Think: Swiss fondue for two ($30 per person), a gooey mix of Gruyere and Emmental, with dippers like sausages, potatoes, vegetables, and cornichons.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Photograph: Courtesy Blue Ribbon Brasserie

4. Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Restaurants American Soho

Available as an appetizer ($22), the cheese fondue served at this American brasserie features Emmental and Gruyère splashed with white wine and fruit brandy. Dip into the oozing depths with sliced apple, crispy cubed bread and twice-baked potatoes.

Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge

5. Pink Snow Lodge at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge at Moxy Times Square

Hotels Midtown West

Come wintertime, après ski concepts start materializing all over New York, but none have been quite as pretty in pink as this Barbied-out holiday pop-up. Running through March 2021, the Moxy's East and West terraces have been festooned to look like Nicki Minaj moved to Aspen: floor-to-ceiling pink log walls, faux pink taxidermy, a pink electric fireplace, a ski lift "carousel." If that doesn't warm you up, a warm pecorino fondue ($16, with grilled bread and honey) should do the trick. 

Chardonnay fondue at Ladybird

6. Ladybird

Restaurants Vegan East Village

At Ladybird, the room alone—a jewel box of white marble, emerald velvet and gleaming gold—can distract you from the fact that there’s no meat on your plate. But executive chef Daphne Cheng does considerable work in making vegan eating as easygoing as shareable tapas. The restaurant originally opened with a satisfyingly thick chardonnay-splashed “cheese" fondue—now they've gone the sweet route with a chocolate sibling for $20, which can serve 2-3 people and comes with dippers like fresh fruit and cake bites. 

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7. La Bonne Soupe

Restaurants French Midtown West

This tightly packed, warmly bustling French bistro wins points for its menu of well-executed standards—the fondue is simply part of that solid lineup, not an added gimmick. Emmental, Comté and Gruyère cheeses are melted with a bit of white wine and served with diced baguette (included) and add-ons like green apples ($2 extra), garlic sausage and cured meat ($8 extra). The $30 feast starts with a chopped romaine salad.

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8. Hütte

Restaurants Upper East Side

Travel’s not an option right now, but you can get some Alpine ski-lodge vibes without the plane at this woodsy cold-weather concept, found in the tented garden behind Schaller’s Stube. Wrap yourself in a blanket and tuck into a hearty spread of bubbling fondue ($35 per person, two person minimum): The potage here is made with Emmentaler and Scharfe Maxx cheeses, white wine, brandy, and a secret spice mix, with rye bread, brats, and a variety of veggies for dipping. 

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