For those who can’t escape to the Swiss alps this winter, Fondue Chalet offers a retro and romantic vacation that’s kitschy in the best possible way. In the heart of Williamsburg, which for many New Yorkers feels as far away as Europe, there’s a hidden pop-up for cheese lovers and those who haven’t yet started eating only greens to keep their new year’s resolutions. The Fondue Chalet is a hidden gem that’s far more romantic than the usual Brooklyn bars. The wine- and cheese-focused alpine lodge can be found at 126 Berry Street and is open from Tuesday through Saturday until March.
The little chalet is covered in retro ski posters, with gingham tablecloths and Swiss dot curtains, to truly transport visitors to the Alps. It’s brought to life by the team that created Cafe Select in Soho, along with Diviera Drive, the yacht club-themed restaurant in Williamsburg and Happy Ending, the Lower East Side favorite for dirty dance parties. The major draw, of course, is the cheese fondue that’s far more elegant than childhood birthdays spent at The Melting Pot.
The house fondue is an après-ski favorite made with Gruyère, raclette, white wine and other secret ingredients for the table’s personal grill. There’s a South of the Alps fondue made with tomatoes, capers and basil, white truffle oil fondue for the decadent and dark beer fondue for the home brewer based in Brooklyn. In typical Williamsburg fashion, there’s a kale salad on the menu.
While it might be too dark for solid Instagram moments, that makes it even more romantic. For those non-skiers who aren’t exactly athletically inclined, it’s even better than actually venturing to Switzerland, because the only major activity is dipping bread directly into cheese.