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La Cave des Fondus

20 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 40.722619 -73.994547
nr. Elizabeth St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-966-5073 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Lounge, Restaurant & Bar, Romantic, Theme, Wine Bar
Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Spring St.; J, Z at Bowery

Payment Methods

American Express


This venue is closed.

La Cave Des Fondus is Jacques Ouari’s take on the Parisian Refuge des Fondus, which is known for its wine served in biberons (baby bottles) and its purposefully insulting waiters. But the subterranean Nolita pub is to its mother bar as the Disneyland castle is to Neuschwanstein: It’s kitschier, more relaxed, and you get the sneaking suspicion that the accents are fake. The waiters here are kind and attentive (as though that’s bad?) and, although the wine is still served in glass baby bottles, the minimal wine list itself does most of the sucking. But if you can get past the overkill Frenchness of it all (unfinished wood walls and benches, red-and-white checkered napkins, the bawdy table of French imports cussing in their native tongue), you begin to find the trying-too-hard novelty of the place endearing. Chaucerian banquet tables edge the small, dim hall and, while drinking from a latex nipple is an—ahem—interesting sensation, it could be the answer to breaking the dreaded first-date silence.


Ladies, don’t wear anything snagable. The rough wood benches will have you looking like the unfortunate victim of a kitten attack.