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Platter, Pot, Plate

Ready for a break from the usual restaurant experience? Want something that gets you involved in much more than just eating? Try The Melting Pot in Farmingdale.

The big clue that this is something very different is the table setting, which puts a sharp utensil in front of you. Next comes the food. It arrives uncooked, in tiny morsels.

Yes, it’s time for fondue. And, says Manager Christina Costanzo, it’s the ambience and unique experience that keep people coming back.

A wall of wine bottles and a large, elegant bar area, along with a bar-food menu, make this a popular spot for drinks.

A typical dinner begins with a cheese fondue appetizer into which you dip fresh, bite-sized pieces of breads, vegetables and green apples.

“I never would have thought so until I tried it, but the green apples taste really amazing with the cheddar fondue,” said Costanzo. “Other cheeses include the popular Spinach Artichoke Cheese and Fiesta Cheese, as well as Cheddar, Wisconsin Trio, Traditional Swiss and ‘Big Night Out.’ We have featured cheeses which we will make on request if the ingredients are available to us at the time.”

Salads are served fondue-free and then steaks, chicken and seafood are presented as entrée options, ready to be dipped in creamy fondue.

“’Fondue’ means to melt,” said Costanzo. “You melt your meat in the cheese. In a sense, you are cooking your own food. And there is only one rule: food goes from platter to pot to plate. That’s our fun saying, and it also reminds people not to mix the cooked meats with the uncooked meats.”

Next up is hot, luscious chocolate. Transform the taste of strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, Rice Krispies Treats, marshmallows, pound cakes and brownies by drowning them in any or all of nine options.

“The best part about The Melting Pot,” said Costanzo, “is that is attracts everyone, from couples and bridal showers to sweet 16s and children.”

For kids, there are more familiar dishes, such as macaroni and cheese. And for times when it’s adults-only, the “Lover’s Lane” section provides a quiet, intimate setting.

Located at 2377 Broadhollow Rd., The Melting Pot offers an experience that can be romantic and elegant yet lively and fun. Expect to spend an hour and a half to two hours melting, dipping, and savoring. Reservations? Strongly recommended: 631-752-4242.