310 W 53rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764412 -73.985489
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
OK date place – I was there on a date and it was an OK setting. It was dark and romantic inside with the red lined walls but it felt overdone. The front area of the bar was cramped but there were plenty of seats in the back.
Highly recommended! – My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Swizz last Saturday night ...We were celebrating my husband?s Birthday. We started with the chicken-duck and black truffle pate with apple celery salad. Followed by the traditional cheese fondue with apples and air-dried beef. The bottle of white wine from Switzerland, recommended by our waiter, worked perfectly with our amazing fondue. We finished our meal with a wonderful chocolate Toblerone fondue, with Canadian Ice Wine. Our waiter Iqabal was fantastic ? he was well informed, made excellent recommendations and was very attentive. Overall an excellent meal and we?ll be back again soon!!
Fantastic Fondue and Fabulous Service!! – First of all, I was impressed before we even arrived at Swizz as they let us make a reservation for after the theatre, during the week, at 11:15pm. Granted, it wasn't busy when we arrived and I was sure we'd feel rushed but I was wrong. The server was very friendly and accommodating and made sure that we had everything we needed. The food was amazing -- a salad and the fondue was enough to satisfy our appetites which was disappointing in a way because we would have loved to try the dessert fondue. I'm sure that we will return the next time we're fortunate enough to get back to the city.
Excellent Fondue and Wine, Arrive earlier than your reservation frazzled maitre'd – I took a couple out of town guests for dinner at Swizz last Saturday night and YUMMY!!! We really enjoyed everything we ate and drank.
The Steamed P.E.I Mussels were phenomenal as was the Caser Salad we enjoyed before our fondue pots arrived at our table. We ordered the Traditional (for 3) and the waiter was kind enough to suggest we also order the Herb (for 1) just to try it. We got dried beef, broccoli, potatoes, apples, and sausage to go with them and everything was great - the dried beef was just as I remembered it being in France, the sausage was cooked perfectly, the herb fondue with broccoli or the potatoes was a nice variation and I'll def. try it again and the apples never browned (they have at other fondue places that didn't use lemon juice or another preservative).
We ordered a bottle of wine from the wine list and enjoyed it very much, although we hadn't noticed that the back of our food menu contained three pages of wine separated by region, color and price. We ordered our second bottle off of this menu and it was better than the first for $15 less - tricky tricky.
Our only complaint was the Matire d'. Bless him because he certainly was working hard and putting out fires left and right, figuratively and literally (someone caught their napkin on fire and he calmy carried it outside to put it out). However, when we arrived 5 min. before our reservation (made 4 days in advance) he wasn't so calm. The restaurant seemed to have overbooked and he had to ask an already seated couple to move in order to accommodate us. We were seated near the door and although the table was lovely - we were facing the frazzled maire'd all night and the stress felt somewhat contagious. I recommend requesting a table downstairs when you reserve. If we go back, which we probably will, the downstairs was a much nicer environment.
Also, the bathroom upstairs could really use some work - think I-95, middle of nowhere, gas station bathroom... yuck.
Best fondue in the city – I am a bit of a fondue-hunter in the city, especially when it comes to dessert fondues. Who could imagine how great Toblerone fondue could be??
The staff at Swizz are exceptional attentive, and very kind. While the fondue platters are meant to serve only 2 people, they were quick to accommodate our party of three and adjust the amount (and price) of the platter accordingly. Based on the service, I was actually surprised that this place wasn't completely packed and bursting at the seams. I guess its our little secret! ;)
Major attitude from staff!!! – Terrible experience! Eighteen of us went there for a dinner party. Everything was fine until the end when the bill came. Since we had a large party, they included the gratuity on the check, which was expected. However, we realized they added the tip on the total after tax, not the subtotal, which essentially meant we had to pay about $175 more. The manager was rude and obnoxious when we brought this to his attention and claimed that there was nothing he could do about it. None of us had ever experienced that before.
I would never ever go back there, especially with a large party. The food wasn't so delicious to warrant such an attitude. In addition, it's kind of gross that the only bathroom is in the kitchen.
Nice Atmosphere, Good Food – We had a nice dinner on a wednessday night. It was not very crowded but we still made a reservation. We had a pleasent experience except the line for the one bathroom was quite long. All we wanted to do was wash are hands, but there is only one restroom for both men and women. The host was very friendly, and accomadating. The food was very good, quite heavy but it's what you'd expect when eating so much cheese and chocolate. We had the swiss cheese onion toast to start and we really liked it...tastes like french onion soup without the broth. We also had the weiner scnitzel which was fantastic with a sqeeze of lemon on it since it did not come with the usual brown sauce. The toblerone chocolate fondue was delicious! Our waiter was cordial but not extremely nice. He seemed a bit irritated all night which I feel he should have tried better to cover up. Even if he was in a bad mood he should not have made that known to us. Our interaction with him was a bit awkward. Not sure if that's a reason to avoid the place though, because it was a really nice meal, and fun for something different.
PS It smells like cheese fondue the minute you walk in, you might smell of the place well after you leave.
WOW. Great service & great fondue! – This is a top 10 place in every single way. It's probably the best customer service my gf and I have ever had (we went for a Valentine's Day dinner), the fondue was incredible, the prices were fair, the decor was really nice. They go the extra touch...hiring knowledgable and friendly Swiss staff and waiters.
A Totally Hidden Secret, as it's just off 8th avenue and most people miss it.
This is a place worth giving your business to - the best fondue + the best customer service alone. Go here and impress someone special.
Best kept secret, great Swiss in Theatre/MOMA district – We had a party here, and it was terrific. The management did everything possible to make the event run flawlessly, and as a result, everyone told us that they loved the food and the place, and asked how we had found it. The room is pretty and warm, with brick walls and a floor to ceiling set of shelves with wines, and the service attentive but unobstrusive. We had raclette, which was excellent, and chocolate fondue, both milk and dark, served with chunks of fresh fruit and, a bit oddly, marshmallows, for dipping. The cheese in the raclette was excellent, brought in from the region of Switzerland that makes it best. The Swiss wine was excellent: Hemingway was right! If you are up for simple but excellent Swiss food and wine, you've found it.
Nice staff, ver average fondue. – for me a good fondue is just cheese and wine cooked together, and then the sides (potatoes, cured ham ...). At Swizz, there is something in the fondue that should not be there (bad cheese? Flour maybe? Or some other starch ... ) ... as a result it will not be unforgettable.
On the other hand, the staff was very friendly and place rather nice for Times Square (although a bit cramped). we were a group of 10 and the place is just perfect for groups.
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