NYC Quick Chop! Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro - Let's Fondue this!

Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro - 2 Park Avenue, NYC, 10016

When I (Mirko) arrived in New York City (NYC) about 8 months ago, I was fortunate enough to make some really good friends that I met on my first day at work. These friends happen to be French, and they happen to obviously miss French cuisine - so with a Fondue craving we all decide to go to Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro to satisfy those cheese pangs.

Upon entry into the restaurant, we are seated at our table and presented with both food and wine menus. At this point, there is very little need to view the menu as we only have one thing on our mind - Fondue. For us (a total of 5 people), there are only two things to decide - 1) the size (being Petite or Grande) and 2) the style being cheese or truffle. We opt for 2 of the Grande Cheese ($47 per serving) with 2 bottles of wine. 

I will admit that this is my first time trying an authentic cheese fondue, so I defer to my French counterparts to provide their professional opinion on the authenticity of the Fondue. I am told that traditionally, a Fondue uses a combination of different cheeses mixed with a white wine and bread as a simple side.
Grande Cheese Fondue with Bread - $47
When the Fondue arrives, we are told that it is a mix of Gruyere and Gouda cheeses. The Fondue stands atop of a small heat plate keeping the cheese mixture at a simmer ensuring that the cheese does not burn nor get too cold that it goes hard. We are also presented with bread as a side. So far, it's living up to the expectations of my French friends. Upon first look at the mixture, it's smooth and silky, I dip my bread into the mixture and then take my first bite - delicious. All the things expected from such a mixture... a nice hit of saltiness from the cheese combination, a very very mild flavour of the white wine and smooth, silk consistency. The consensus around the table "Tres Bien".

Charcuterie platter ($29.50)
After finishing our Fondue, we are still a little peckish so opt for a Charcuterie platter. Our platter has four different meats (sopresatta, chorizo, prosciutto and Milano sausage). All meats were thinly sliced and well flavoured. A good way to end the meal.

For those of you that have not tried Fondue, give it a go. The communal nature of this style of eating is a great way to catch up with friends. Add a bottle of wine and you are set!

Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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