Do You Fondue?
New York gets cheesy, in a good way
New York is dripping with new fondue spots.
And, since spring is creeping ever closer, there is no better time to start dipping:
The Fondue Room at Café Select: The once-secret back room of this Soho spot has been converted into a 12-seat, melted-cheese hideaway. Reach it by filing through the bustling kitchen. Fondue made with Gruyère, Apenzeller and Raclette (appetizer $20; main $40) comes with cubed country bread and cornichons for plunging.
Casimir: This East Village restaurant hosts a fondue night on Thursdays, offering melted goodness made with Beaufort, Comte and Emmenthal cheeses ($25; serves two). Side orders of bacon or garlic sausage make nice dipping accompaniments ($5 each).
The Bourgeois Pig: Ravi Derossi brought his cocktail bar to Carroll Gardens in January. Caramelized onions, beef stock and Gruyère combine beautifully in the French-onion fondue (one of a daily-changing selection of savory and sweet fondues; $25).
606 R&D: You'll have to work (only slightly) harder to dig into the Poor Man's Fondue ($6) at this brand-new Prospect Heights spot. Hearty McCadam's cheddar is heated in a winged dish in the oven with garlic and olive oil until pliable but not liquidy. Dusted with paprika, it calls for repeated dunks of bread.
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