It's a place we're dubbing a Certified First Date Safe ZoneTM. And it's open now...
Introducing Taureau, a fondue spot in SOHO helmed by a charismatic Frenchie, awaiting your next first date.
Opened by a seasoned fondue pro (Didier, who perfected his trade at his own Parisian fondue spot for 13 years), the small, space is decked in white and red, spotted with two-person tables and set up for serving one food and one food only: bubbling cauldrons of cheese, oil and chocolate.
This is pretty much all you need to know. Start with cheese, move to meat, finish with chocolate.
And don't worry about the stove-like contraption built into the surface of your table: it's designed to heat up the cauldron of fondue, but remain completely cold to the touch.
New York, NY 10013
Hours of Operation:
Sunday thru Thursday 5pm to 11:30pm Kitchen closes at 10:30pm
Friday, Saturday and Holidays from 5pm to 12:30am. Kitchen closes at 11:30pm
$31 to $50
Easy parking evening time and no traffic (after Avenue of America) :)
Canal 1-9 Subway 2 blocks South
Spring Street E and C 2 blocks North
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Taureau Ratings and Reviews
A tiny fondue restaurant attached to a somewhat larger and more generalized French restaurant. One goes to Taureau with one lover or date, and one shares a dinner of fondue, fondue, and fondue while conversing happily and gazing into one's partner's eyes. The fondue is classic and perfect. (Contrast with the Melting Pot chain, whose fondue is an overdone mess of sixty zillion competing inconsistent flavors.)
Visited Taureau with a friend for fondue night. The selections are simple with the biggest decision being around the type of cheese fondue. Service was well timed, our waiter was attentive and engaging and the food and drinks were delicious. The waiter was also knowledgeable and able to provide details when asked for a recommendation. Fondue is never a cheap/quick dinner experience and we were able to sit and chat without being rushed which was greatly appreciated. I imagine this spot gets quite crowded on busy nights but we were in on a Wednesday night and had the fondue side practically to ourselves so it was lovely. One odd thing is that you have to enter through the main Taureau entrance and then go through a very narrow entry to the fondue side - if using a wheelchair I don't think that part of the dining room would be accessible. I struggled a bit to get through with my cane. Oh and they accept bitcoin and personal but not visa/mastercard - they make this very clear in their reservation confirmation email as well as in the phone call confirmation, so no surprises or issues, the options just surprised me. :) Would definitely recommend this spot!
We were extremely late for our reservation and kept calling to keep the restaurant informed. They were very understanding and allowed us to move our reservation to a later time. The only thing that surprised us is that they only take cash, Amex, personal cheque or BIT COINS!?!? Wth? That seems a little sketchy to me. And they don't even mention this on their website. We only found out because we called to say we're going to be late which then made us even later because we had to find an ATM. Regardless, the cheese fondue is to die for. Worth checking out but make sure you have plenty of cash!
My daughter was determined to do fondue on this last trip to NYC. I got the reservation from OT on a day when we were going to an Improv show. We showed up early for dinner, and they seated us. (it was a Sunday so we opened the place at 5pm). the dinner is based around the fondue, and it is prix fixe. there are choices for the cheese for the apps- i got the Perigord with truffle oil (delicious) and my daughter got the swiss cheese (basic but good). entree i got the chicken breast and my kids got the filet. there is a choice of using oil or broth to cook the meat, we got one of each and they were both good. Dessert was the best: dark chocolate and milk chocolate with fruit and cut up pound cake to dip. yummy.
there is a more limited edition where you can get just the app and dessert.
personally i thought this was fun, but it's a novelty thing for me. if you want to try fondue Taureau is good, though pricey.
I really liked this restaurant. All three of the courses we had were excellent (cheese, meat, dessert). Just make sure that you cook your meat long enough because their 15 second suggestion seemed too short. Also, it was a nice restaurant but it needs to upgrade to a bigger space.
We love this place in general. My wife gets the Fondu and I order from the regular restaurant menu -- which is fantastic. Authentic and savory French food. This time, however, two of the entrees did not come out until 2 people had finished their entrees. I had to get the waiter to ask him about it because he never came to see how we were doing. What upset me the most was that he did not seem very apologetic or concerned. The manager did give us a discount on the next meal so we felt a little better. I just hope the service returns to its usual form.
I used to love this place, but have not been back in a few years. Unfortunately, it has gone downhill. Price is high for what you get. Very little meat per serving. Seating is much more uncomfortable than I remember. It was hot. While they got our order correct, they messed up the orders on either side of us, which caused such a disruption that we could never find a server for water or anything. This is the first negative review I have ever written on open table, as usually my experience is rather positive.
The location was a little off the main street but not inconvenient at all. The service was great, servers- friendly, and although it was a voucher they were very accommodating for vegetarians. Nice variety of choices for fondue including the fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and dark or milk chocolate! Overall, lovely experience.
The unlimited menu offers a variety of dipping items. I especially enjoyed the Perigord cheese, and the milk chocolate. The banana and chocolate combination seemed a bit heavy. The restaurant is cozy and romantic, but the mood was spoiled when we noticed a roach crawling on the wall beside us.
The food was good but disapointing compared to what you expect watching the website. The quality is so so. But still it was good. Nice waitress that was in charge of Taureau & La Sirene at the same time. And sharing the food is always a noce experience to me. The beverage list is really overpriced though.
We will be back here. Servers get lost sometimes but they are very nice. The place is small and you will hear the conversation of the people next to you. Outside a couple places I've been in Europe this is the best fondue I've had. Can't wait to go back and try all the other fondue creations.
Had a wonderful dinner here with outstanding service - the owner was particularly present and thoughtful and attentive to everyone in this and his adjoining restaurant La Sirene. The wine was excellent (yes it's not BYOB but I've paid more for bottles that were worth less!) and the fondue was terrific. I also especially enjoyed the sides of thick bacon and chorizo. Dessert, well that was the best. Give me a pot of quality dark chocolate like they have here and I'll dip anything I can find in it to eat! Great experience despite a small space, it's decorated well and people clearly come and have a great time. Quite a nice night!
Incredibly mediocre cheese fondue. Given all the good reviews, I was shocked. I tried both their original and the spicy one recommended by our waiter. I don't know what they put in front of us, but it was not fondue textured. After struggling with it and almost pouring my wine in, a waiter noticed and told us that sometimes they just need a little bit more wine. Which is basically code for we didn't make this properly the first time. Tasted fine i guess- nothing to write home about. The spicy one was neither spicy nor tasty, so I don't really have much else to say there.
Having SO many cheese fondue options on the list is usually a red flag, but I thought I'd give it a go. You are better off at Artisanal.
We had a craving for fondue and wanted a place with a relaxed atmosphere. Taureau was a warm and welcoming environment from the moment we walked in. There are two rooms - one smaller than the other. The first room feels very intimate but a little cramped; the second room is a bit larger but doesn't lose the sense of intimacy.the decor is all dark wood and burgundy banquettes. It feels like you're in old world Europe. We had the three course "Full Village Prix Fixe" (the meat course) and ending with a yummy dessert fondue. Definitely recommend coming here if you're craving a unique, bona fide fondue experience! We'll be back!
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