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“Outstanding venue for upscale dining…but comes at a price.”
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The Melting Pot
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Ranked #10 of 129 Restaurants in Farmingdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$45
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Smith Street
Description: A Fondue Restaurant
Reviewed 5 March 2014

I went with a group of 2 teens and another mom…the food was phenomenal, but it's really the atmosphere you're paying for. You'll definitely try new things, and have an interactive experience. We ordered the special, which is 4 courses. 1st is cheeses for dipping, 2nd salad, 3rd different meets and you cook them in a choice of stews…and finally dessert, and you choose which package. We spent about 3 hours in there, and we weren't taking our time either. They don't rush you, and they do take their time with you…making it a nice place to meet, celebrate and spend time with people you care. Be prepared to spend about $100+ for a couple, and possibly less if you're only going with appetizers or dessert. It's worth the price, but not something you can do all the time (unless you're rich!)

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Reviewed 14 February 2014

The Melting Pot should have a category of its own, but there are not many strictly Fondue houses around. Its not exactly Italian and its not exactly French. Just bear in mind that is it a bit more than mid-range in price, but it is definitely a great place for groups of friends and family occasions. Enjoy something different here.
The Melting Pot in Farmingdale is a fondue restaurant and only fondue. Everything is cooked at your table, and you do the cooking, so it you have an aversion to looking at raw meat, don't go. One more caveat: Its a bit expensive for someplace where you do your own cooking, averaging about $40.00 per person for apps and entree, no drinks.
However, its a great place for groups, and the have a number of romantic corners for couples. It is not someplace you want to go alone. The one think you cannot say is that the food is bad, because you do the cooking!
So, start with the cheese fondue. You can choose from cheddar, swiss, spinach & artichoke (don't do it) and Wisconsin Trio (go with this one). It comes to your table hot and bubbling with a tray of bread cubes, apples and and vegetables for dipping.
Skip the salad, because cheese fondue is filling. Or, if you must have salad, skip the cheese fondue - which would be just plain silly.
For your main course, you will choose from the Special (pictured below) which has everything from fish to beef to pasta. Or you can go vegetarian. Or different assortment of meats like: The French Quarter (chicken, steak and cajun sausage); The Pacific Rim (breast of duck and marinated pork) or The Seafood Trio (mahi mahi, shrimp and atlantic salmon). Each selection of fish or meats comes to your table along with a hot boiling broth in a fondue pot. Your cooking broth comes in 4 different flavors: Coq au Vin (wine, spices & mushrooms), Court Boullion (vegetable and herb seasonings), Bourgignone (distinct red wine & beef flavor) and Mojo (caribbean garlic and citrus). Then comes the fun part. You can pick your own particular favorites from the tray on the table, dip it into the broth for a minute or 2 (they are thinly sliced) and take it out steaming hot and ready to eat. And why would you do all this? Because its fun!!
The highlight here, however, is dessert. Chocolate Fondue. C'mon, no one can resist hot melted chocolate and fresh strawberries, bananas, cheesecake, rice krispies treats, marshmallows, pound cake and brownies. You can choose from milk chocolate swirled with peanut butter (my favorite), white chocolate, bananas & cinnamon flambé', yin & yang (dark & white chocolate swirl, cookies & cream and, of course, pure chocolate- milk, dark or white.
I know a number of people who do not like the Melting Pot, either because they have an issue with raw meat at the table or an issue with having to move and cook their own food. In my opinion, they provide a special, enjoyable evening in a lovely atmosphere with efficient and personable staff. They are clean and sanitary, and advise you on those issues of meat safety when your food is served. I'm going back.

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Thank Debra G
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

This review would have been a 5/5 except for one thing .. A party of 9 with reservations at 5:00 on a Sunday night with a relatively empty restaurant and the service kept us until 8:00 ... I like leisurely, but 3 hours was a bit much. The food was good & the fondue was fun. If the service was quicker ... A 5/5 would have been a no brainer ... We'll give it another shot ... If you like chocolate be prepared to enjoy!!!

Thank David F
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Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

Recently went with my boyfriend and the whole experience was 5 stars and amazing! We had the worlds best waiter, who was beyond friendly and funny! We did the 4-Course experience which I do recommend! We started with the cheese, than a salad, main entree and last but most certainly NOT least, the dessert. Every bite was scrumptious. Yes, you do have to cook your own food but it is far from hard! There is no doubt that we'll be returning!

Thank Fickenxx
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

I love the melting pot not just for the food but for the entire experience. I went last week with my fiancé and a few friends and we were there for about 3 hours and really enjoyed the entire night. Our waitress was very good and we only had an empty glass or 2 a few times that night. We did the four course experience and the price is well worth it! The only thing I would say is to take it easy with the cheese because to eat such a heavy appetizer and then follow it with the rest of courses may leave you with an upset stomach :/. Anyways I would def. recommend the melting pot to anyone who's looking for great fondue and a wonderful night out.

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Thank Alison V
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Christina C, Manager at The Melting Pot, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2013

Glad to hear you had a great time. Come back soon and make sure you sign up for our Club Fondue!

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