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Posted by Occitan on 01/30/2008
Fondues are highly diluted with starch. The catch is that Swizz charges by people sharing the fondue, so watch out for surprises on the check, especially with a large group. Wines not impressive and expensive. The place is ok, but it’s not enough to save the meal.
Posted by food enthusiast on 12/02/2007
Went to Swizz yesterday and we absolutely loved it! Ok, given the stark differences in opinions in previous reviews, we decided not to get the Fondue, so I cannot say anything about that. But what we did get (veal sausages with Rosti and goulash) was great. Simple swiss dishes, but very savory. They also have a good selection of beers, although a tad expensive - $9 for a 11 ounce bottle... We were so excited to try more of their food that we also got desserts -- both (pumpkin cheesecake and Linzer tart) were excellent! The atmosphere is nice and service fast (but not too rush-y) and attentive. We will definitely come again!
Posted by new yorkernative on 11/18/2007
Well. Wow. We took out of town guests for fondue at Swizz tonight. OMG, what a mistake. I know fondue very well and make it often for guests. Swizz produced a subpar fondue. They used a small amount of cheese and a large amount of corn starch to fill out the portion size. This technique is lucrative for the restaurant, but makes for more of a cheese paste than fondue. It has a vile granular consistency. They are aware of it, but refused to issue any food credit on the menu. I was so embarrassed. The problem with fondue is that good cheese is expensive. Good Kirsch (not used at Swizz) is really expensive. So most restaurants cut corners. Nice soup however. Its also a wine bar. A wine bar with a really poor selection of wines. I think they are more about money than product. The atmosphere, however, is pleasant.
Posted by Steve on 07/09/2007
The person below me is a pompous know-nothing who for some reason likes to put their obnoxiousness on display. This place is wonderful and the owners are fantastic people who are very warm and welcoming. I have been to this restaurant at least 8 times now and it is the same great experience every time. The food is delicious and hearty, and I like their selection of foreign beers. The wait staff is pleasant and always helpful with a smile. This place really knows how to treat a customer and if you want grade-A restaurant quality food with that home-cooked feel, go for this place.
Posted by dimepiece on 05/03/2007
I took my cousin from overseas to Swizz last night. We ordered a bottle of Alsace and it was $36. We shared the mushroom soup appetizer. Soup was pretty decent. The cheese fondue for two was $40 and it was pretty good, but the pungency of it got to me after a couple bites, i couldn't stomach it even after drinking 3/4 of the bottle of wine. I couldn't tell if the pungency was coming from the cheese or from excessive alcohol added, as someone mentioned earlier. We also ordered the air dried beef, broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, tiger shrimp, and apples for dipping. These are a good value, despite what other people have been saying. They give you a good amount for $3 each. When the meal was over the bill was $125 including tip for two. Worth it? I don't think so and this is coming from the girl that said that after paying $450 for four people, that they don't charge ENOUGH at Peter Lugers. I'm a foodie with a sophisticated palate and exquisite taste, this fondue was not up to par with my standards. If your are a normal Joe, it would probably taste good to you. At any rate, give this place a try if you like fondue. For me, not anytime soon. A plus is, the service was impeccable, maybe bc we were one of only 4 tables last night.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/09/2007
My boyfriend and I ate here with my brother and his girlfriend at the end of March. I loved the atmosphere and the service. I thought the fondue was delicious ( almost addicting), and the side selections were varied. I would have preferred more broccoli, but all 4 of us ate it up. We order an Australian bottle of Chardonnay that had a good flavor with the fondue. This was our first time there, and liked the fun of it. We would definetely go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007
Really can't complain about much, other than the lack of sides to go with the cheese fondue. Everything else here was great-- service, atmosphere, wine list. We had the pre-theater menu, which was $26 for a soup or salad, choice of 2 entrees or cheese fondue, and dessert. Between two of us, there was plenty to eat -- we split a fondue and an entre (chicken cordon bleu -- fantastic!!). I think the fondue was the same size as other diners' around us, even though we were ordering from a discounted menu -- maybe keep that in mind if you are considering the pre-theater menu.