The last time I went to Mont Blanc 52, it was called Maria's Mont Blanc and was located in the Theater District: same owners but different location as they lost their lease. The one on 52nd has less exposure to foot traffic, but equally good and welcoming. We went there for dinner, eager to try this time their cheese fondue. I admit that I was surprised about the price, as, for $54 of two, it seems a bit overpriced, and did not expect having a salad and some fried potatoes (called rosti) that then explained the price. No, I did not know there would be all of this and so ordered escargots. I love that dish and could not resist dipping the delicious bread they brought to the table in the garlic butter that was super hot.
For the salad, we both went for the one with blue cheese. It was a nice portion for sure.
Then came the rosti, a Swiss version of the classic potato pancake or latkes. I loved the crunchiness of it.
After the roti, came the Swiss fondue, made with four different types of cheeses. If you never had cheese fondue, it comes with cubes of bread, usually old bread as, if the bread is too soft, it will fall in the pot and you will have a dare. So, you put a cube on the special fondue fork and dip it into the cheese, making sure it is all over the bread. Voila! The fondue was good and definitely had some Swiss cheese in it, maybe a bit too much of it. But still, it was delicious.
With the fondue, I had a glass of white Swiss wine, La Cote du Chasselat as we say in France that it is not good to drink water with a cheese fondue...Probably an urban legend to entice people to drink wine!
Of course we could not leave without having dessert, although at that point I was quite full...We decided to go for their meringue glacé, composed of a homemade meringue, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. I loved it: light, not too sweet, it was the perfect way to finish our meal.
That was a great meal and I was glad we walked a bit after that! I like Mont Blanc 52: it is a nice place that serves delicious dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. I definitely recommend it.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Mont Blanc 52 - 344 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019