- 1. Little Giant
85 Orchard St., at Broome St.; 212-226-5047
Roasted heirloom potatoes, applewood-smoked bacon bits, green beans, cauliflower, crusty bread, and grissini for lavish dipping into the classic combination of Gruyère and Emmentaler.
16 Bank St., at Waverly St.; no phone
Outside Switzerland, there is no place more fabulous for dunking savory morsels into a pot of melted cheese; for two, Sundays only.
48 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-586-7650
Yes, the soup is good, but so is the fondue at this tourist-friendly old-school French restaurant.
- 4. Artisanal
2 Park Ave., at 32nd St.; 212-725-8585
In true peasant fashion, the house fondue puts to good economical use 100 or so different cheese ends and comes in two sizes: petite and grande.
88 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St.; 212-777-8808
The owners of this NYU-area café think of shabu-shabu as Asian fondue and serve multiple versions of it along with the Western cheese and chocolate varieties.