For those who can boldly face the waft of stinky cheeses at Artisanal, Gothamist reminds you that it is officially Fondue Month at the home of blue, brie, and gouda. With a different fondue du jour each day, along with a 3-cheese house specialty, the Artisanal blend, fondues come to your table top meant for either 1-3 (petit, $24) or for 4-6 (grande, $40) along with a basket bread for dipping. Accoutrements such as sliced apples, fingerling potatoes, kielbasa, and dried beef are available to dip a la carte; and wine is available by both the bottle and the glass which is reassuring after confirmation last week that red wine does in fact go well with cheese. For dessert, in keeping with the fondue theme, a decadent chocolate fondue is available and arrives with a plate of mini madeleines, house-made marshmallows, ginger cookies, strawberries, and sliced bananas. At the end of the night, if you're still hankerin' for more cheese, shop the Artisanal cheese store, join the Cheese classes.
Artisanal is located at 2 Park Avenue (32nd St. entrance b/w Park & Madison) and open for lunch, M-F and dinner nightly after 5 p.m. Brunch is available on the weekends. (212) 725-8585.