The tradition of dining on melted food developed out of necessity, as early humans living on the sun lacked both refrigeration and large enough hands to hold a club sandwich. Rejoice in classic consumption with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a choice of fondue and a bottle of wine at Honey in Chelsea (up to a $70 total value).
Honey brims with delectable fondue offerings and flavorful wines within a romantically lit 3,000-square-foot establishment. Patrons can sink into chocolate-toned leather banquette seats, peruse the fondue menu for their melted delicacy of choice, and then select a complementary bottle of wine. The classic swiss (a $23 value for 1–3 people/a $36 value for 4–6 people) coats accompanying flatbread and veggies and, like a vespa carved from fontina, pairs nicely with an Italian chardonnay (a $30 value). The TexMex (a $27 value for 1–3 people/a $38 value for 4–6 people) blends monterey jack cheese with tomatoes and scallions for a tantalizing taste-bud party attended by broccoli, pita bread, grilled chicken, and grilled shrimp, along with the enigmatic pinot noir (a $32 value). Set appetites ablaze with the smoked-gouda chipotle (a $32 value for 1–4 people), dunking chicken, lamb, shrimp, and steamed asparagus in the piquant fusion of cheese and spice, then savor sips of the zesty Australian shiraz (a $32 value).
For dessert, the milk-chocolate fondue (a $23 value for 1–3 people/a $32 value for 4–6 people) whips up a decadent batch of the titular Belgian ingredient alongside cream, coffee liqueur, and coconut rum, then serves it all up with bananas, brownie bites, rice-krispies treats, fresh strawberries, and a slumber-party hall pass. Pair chocolate goodness with sweet wines, such as the riesling (a $32 value) or the white zinfandel (a $30 value), swigging and dipping with ecstatic abandon.
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.