Fondue was invented by Swiss immigrants disappointed by America’s lack of warm cheese lagoons and roaming herds of broccoli. Feel at home with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a fondue meal for up to four people at Honey (up to a $96 total value). The meal includes:
- One order of cheese fondue (up to a $32 value)
- One order of chocolate fondue (up to a $32 value)
- One bottle of wine (up to a $32 value)
Flickering candles highlight the exposed-brick walls and sprawling chocolate-colored banquettes that line Honey’s interior, pairing fire-stoked fondue with an equally smoldering ambiance. Bubbling vats of chocolate and a choice of savory cheese blends beckon dipping duos or groups to indulge by bathing carbs, crudités, or a ladle from home in each flavorful brew. The milk-chocolate cauldron, infused with coffee liqueur and coconut rum, perks up plunged brownie bites, marshmallows, and fruit. As the cocoa pot continues to bubble, a cheese fondue such as the TexMex simmers monterey jack cheese, tomatoes, and scallions into a tantalizing sauce, and the swiss fondue seduces flatbread, broccoli, and asparagus into a docile state to prevent their escape from eaters’ clutches. Between bites, diners can quench molten mouth fires with a shared bottle of Italian chardonnay, Californian sauvignon blanc, or another libation from the wine list.
Honey’s sumptuous decor evokes its sweet namesake at every turn, from the glowing yellow light dripping lazily over exposed-brick walls to the warm wooden chairs from which patrons dip morsels in crocks of rich fondue. Batches of melty dip feed up to six people, who dip anything from garden veggies to grilled chicken into gooey cheese, or drag fresh fruit through the dark waters of a decadent chocolate fondue. The loungey restaurant also boasts a menu of Latin specialties including enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas full of grilled shrimp and lamb. And for a liquid jolt that’s easier to enjoy than drinking champagne from a plugged-in toaster, the eatery offers wines by the glass or bottle and a variety of signature martinis—many of which are infused with the eatery’s titular ingredient: honey.
243 W 14th St.
New York, New York 10011