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About Après Ski Fondue Chalet

Welcome to our Après Ski Fondue Chalet at Café Select open everyday from 7 pm. Walk through our kitchen in the back and you will find this hidden gem! In the winter months we serve Fondue & Raclette in our cozy backroom alpine lodge behind our kitchen. We also offer our regular menu items. We generally have two seatings (7pm and 9 pm). Cash only.

212 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Fondue, Swiss

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Daily: 7:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Kenmare

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Cash Only

Phone Number:
(212) 925-9322

Website:
http://cafeselectnyc.com/

Executive Chef:
Ingrid Roethele

Private Party Facilities:
If you would like to book our backroom exclusively for a private event please contact us.

Private Party Contact:
info@cafeselectnyc.com: (212) 925-9322

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room

Après Ski Fondue Chalet Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

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3.9

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Repas excellent, plats typiques suisses. Par contre serveur et serveuses extrêmement désagréable ! Quand on commandait qqch on aurait dit qu'on l'embêtait ! Nous a poussé vers la sortie avant même que l'on finisse nos verres afin de pouvoir caser d'autres clients à notre table. Très déçu car la première fois que j'y suis allée c'était super !

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had a dozen oysters and the schnitzel, as well as the octopus salad. All delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

From start to finish it was just perfect. Our bartender was awesome, the food was excellent and the price point was perfect. Thank you!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Went for Fondue & Raclette. They no longer serve either. Very disappointing experience. Will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Overall rating of 2 stars this time due to over crowding. I've been here before and the beauty of it comes from the cozy room made for about 4 tables of 2 total. Decided to take my friend here while visiting in town expecting the comfy semi private Swiss decor room only to find a party of 10 standing and taking up the entire space bumping into us and our table. All this plus a party of 4 and people at the bar. It did become a bit too cozy this time. Still good food and good service and I will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

This place was adorable and perfect for a quiet evening date. Great ambiance. Great food. Great drinks. The ski chalet is a small back room behind the kitchen which makes it feel like a little adventure to a semi- private VIP space with only 5 or so tables and a small bar. Super cool. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

The back room at Cafe Select is perfect for a charming, romantic date night. Would absolutely go back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

cozy and cool. speakeasy element leading to a small room, with kitschy "alps" decor that made one feel not fully teleported, but at least temporarily not in nyc. food: you had me at melted cheeses.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 13, 2017

I surprised my girlfriend with this restaurant on the day before Valentines and we had a really lovely time. The place is a weird mix between fancy and casual. Our waiter was relaxed but not slow, and incredibly helpful. I got the lobster salad, which happily had more lobster than we expected, even after our server told us that it has a surprising amount of lobster. She got the Spatzli with wild mushroom, which was insanely good. I would recommend either, or both.

The one disappointment was the raclette. If you're seeing raclette on the menu and expecting a big hunk of cheese to be melted onto your plate in front of you, you're out of luck. It arrives as two cut pieces of cheese already on a plate. It's delicious, but it's not what we expected.

All in all, we would both happily go back. It's a cool backroom area, we love the atmosphere and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We went there for Valentine's Day. Upon arrival we were walked through the kitchen and into what looked like a basement. It definitely didn't seem like a very legal setup. I would not recommend this place to anyone🤢.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2017

It's a unique spot to dine. Friendly service and good food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 2, 2017

Food was good, even if the cheese in the Fondue was not the traditional recipe.
Unfortunately, service was very bad ...so you don't feel at all the "warm" atmosphere of a Swiss chalet.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2016

It was okay, I guess. The back room is awful, though. And the fondue wasn't anything special. Bathroom was disgusting.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 26, 2016

We loved walking through the kitchen to this adorable ski chalet! The music was so much fun and the wine selection was superb. We ordered the truffle fondue and it came with a huge basket of bread, a plate full of pears/apples/gherkins/zucchini/carrots, and decided to add the charcuterie plate. The bread was perfect for dunking into the warm, delicious cheese but I must say, the charcuterie with the fondue was a pleasant surprise! So good! We were offered more bread throughout the night, but we could barely finish the first basket! My only wish would be if they had slightly cooked potatoes to dip in the fondue :) but overall - everything was really fun and delicious!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Great fun place, a tiny back room that's got a kitschy but authentic vibe at the same time... Yummy wintery cocktails (especially the honey vodka) and Swiss wines (particularly the Petit Arvine) that went perfectly with the fondues. We ordered the truffle and house fondues which were super tasty (a little on the thin side) but served in the traditional Swiss fondue pot with baskets of perfect for swirling in melted cheese bread and a charcuterie plate and (less traditionally) a veg and fruit assortment for the fondue as well.....it was a great Geneva in Soho evening....

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Had heard mixed reviews of this place and yearning for a ski shack similar to my ski team days in college, I needed to make my own decision. After dining there, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The fondue isn't the best I've had but it could have been a lot worse. The other small plates were great, including the escargot which was some of the best I've had. Additionally, the wine menu was pretty extensive and reasonably priced. It's nothing fancy and you may have to sit on a stool but its cool and quirky and I would highly recommend giving it a shot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Late-night Find, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The food was very good, but there was an stressful event when I checked in. The hostess told me that they couldn't give me my table because the place was booked for an event and if I wanted she would arrange a table in Cafe Select. She tried to convince me that it was an opentable mistake, but she was clearly lying or misinformed, because my guests were already seating on the table that I booked! What a shame... maybe she thought that they had given my table for a different person and she tried to fix it by lying to me!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Not sure what all of the hype is about, it's just a bar in the back of the kitchen. It's kind of cute but it's not going to blow you away. You can get the Fondue at Cafe Select, so there's no advantage of booking at Apres ski chalet other than walking through the kitchen to get there.
Saying that the fondue is tasty, and the cocktails were nice. But it was a bit on the expensive side.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2016

When I called to make the reservation, the reservationist was not very pleasant - he just said "BYEBYE" and hang up, without thanking. When we arrived, he couldn't find our reservation. You have to cross the kitchen. You end up in a very small room. Very small round table if you come with less than 4 people. Service was very bad (I imagine he was a bartender and not a server, as the room is very small) - one food menu for 4 people, and without the Fondue/Raclette menu (which, I guess, is exactly the reason why people want to go to "After Ski FONDUE Chalet"), he did not help us with fitting everything on this little table, he sent us back to the beginning of the restaurant to store our coats (which should be proposed by the host when you arrive). Raclette comes only as an appetizer (2 slice of cheese and 2 potatoes) which is quite disappointing. The music is terrible and very loud... The ambiance is weird. As I am from Switzerland, the Fondue is not the best I ever had. Spatzli were very good! I won't go back to the After Ski Chalet, but I might give a try to Cafe Select next time, it looked really nicer.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Great Ambiance! Delicious food! Travelled from Toronto and this place was recommended from another Torontonian who visited New York about a year ago. I've already told everyone I know about this hidden gem and encouraged them all to go check this one of a kind spot for themselves!

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Great food and service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2016

No AC, so the space gets stuffy in the summer. The menu is also a bit different--fondue is only served in the fall, winter, and spring. The spätzle was good, and bratwurst was okay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2016

I am a bit disappointed of the decor of Après Ski and of the fondue. The fondue was expensive and was not enough for two people. Also the fondue was very chewy.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Manchester)·Dined on April 5, 2016

We were visiting from the UK and had read about the 'secret fondu' at cafe select. It began so promisingly, a walk through the kitchens, a covert back room, dark and mysterious - very exciting! Then the 'experience' began. Despite booking weeks in advance and being the second couple in the restaurant, we were sat next to the store room door, cue an entire evening of kitchen staff constantly in and out of the door leaving a freezing draft in their wake every time! Then the fondu; the cheese was amazing, unfortunately the accoutrements to dip into the the fondu were like something from a Walmart price reduction cart! An entire loaf of bread (OK, fine, it's fondu) and then a plate of carrots, gherkins (awful) apples (!) etc. etc. The whole lot must have cost $3 seriously. This is not a gourmet experience it's a bit of comedy Schtick to impress visitors. If y our ever go back you know nothing about food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Food is amazing and so much fun with a group of friends!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2016

We ordered the Octopus Salad, Beer Cheese Fondue, and Spatzli with Wild Mushrooms, and LOVED all three of them. Really cool ambiance. Our server was attentive and helpful, but not on top of us, which was great. We plan to go back, and would definitely recommend to friends too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Cool Little spot Very popular and crowded but fun. Fondue was perfect ambiance cool. Waiter on top of things and friendly

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2016

We loved this secret cute spot. We are vegetarians are we got the mushroom fondue and the burrata to share. The food was incredible. It's such a cute place. We will go again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 20, 2016

Intimate and wonderful experience! The spot is tucked away in the back of Cafe Select, couldn't be cuter!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2016

At first the service was a little rude but then they warmed up to us... Great food

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The cheese fondue is very good but it is very cold in the Apres-Ski mainly when it is very cold outside as it was when we went.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 12, 2016

We were visiting NYC from Canada and Après Ski came highly recommended on several food blogs and 'best of' websites. It did not disappoint. The walk through the kitchen was such a neat experience. It really felt like a speak easy! The service was fantastic and the food was incredible. We had a great experience!

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2015

Felt very exclusive to go through the kitchen to the "secret" room in back. Very cozy, friendly and private. The food was excellent. Don't forget to
bring cash!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2015

Love the special escort through the kitchen to the secret back room. The food was unexpectedly fantastic. Glad I didn't wait for winter.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 28, 2015

Made a reservation for the back room a week in advance for 930pm. Understandably the back room has limited seating but hence the effort to plan ahead. Arrived on time and was told that the people at our table had just ordered dessert. Forty minutes later, the table was still not ready and the host seemed very impatient and annoyed to have to answer our questions about when it would finally free up. For a restaurant that charges a late fee for no show reservations, they basically showed the equivalent amount of complete and utter disregard for the customers time by overbooking to ensure their profit at your expense. Will absolutely not be returning to a restaurant that so balantly dishonors its reservations and disrespects its own customers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 13, 2015

The food and the ambiance was just perfect! The cocktails were top-notch, and Aurelia was very polite and accommodating. The fact that you had to enter through a secret entrance was so James Bond.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 16, 2015

Traveling through the kitchen, the "Chalet" was like a gem of a speak easy.
Our meals were excellent & the service was very good.
We enjoyed having a cocktail at the Cafe Select bar which was also part of the 'experience'

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2015

I recently went here for my mother's birthday and it was out of this world. Our waiter was lovely, the atmosphere was comfortable, and (most importantly) the food was beyond delicious. I almost wish I lived in soho so I could take full advantage of their menu. I would highly recommend this to anyone who're looking for a personable, dimly light enviornment to dine out at.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2014

I had planned a 30th birthday party at the restaurant. I recieved a voicemail from the restaurant 3 days prior to our scheduled reservation indicating that they needed to cancel the reservation. I was stuck in a lurch 3 days prior to a planned birthday party to find somewhere else to dine. I am assuming there was a good reason to cancel the reservation but it was not handled well by the restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2014

We liked it very much.
The only downside is that you have to pay cash only - come on it's the 21st Century, accept plastic!
Not sure why you only accept cash - not declaring taxes or do you participate on having an ATM in the restaurant? Btw - also your ATM is rather stone-age, max you can pull was $60...
To bring it short - this is really inconvenient for the customer!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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