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 $29, you get a fondue experience for up to four people at Honey (up to a $64 total value). The experience includes:
- Cheese or chocolate fondue for up to four people (up to a $32 value)
- A bottle of wine (up to a $32 value)
Flickering candles highlight the exposed brick walls and sprawling mahogany-colored banquettes that line Honey’s interior, pairing fire-stoked fondue with an equally smoldering ambiance. Bubbling vats of chocolate or cheese beckon dipping duos or groups to indulge in mealtime or dessert delicacies by bathing carbs, crudités, or insolent car keys in a flavor-enhancing brew. The milk-chocolate cauldron, infused with coffee liqueur and coconut rum, perks up plunged brownie bites, marshmallows, and fruit. Alternatively, the Tex-Mex simmers monterey jack cheese, tomatoes, and scallions into a tantalizing sauce, and customers dip flatbread, broccoli, and asparagus into the classic swiss, lulling them into a docile state to prevent their escape. Between bites, diners can quench molten mouth fires with a shared bottle of Italian chardonnay, Californian sauvignon blanc, or other 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.
Manhattan, New York 10011