Tasting Tour: East 7th Street

by Jessica Allen, 10/03/2012

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  • The Bourgeois Pig
    111 E. 7th St., 212-475-2246
    One of the most alluring spots in the East Village, The Bourgeois Pig specializes in one of the world's sexiest foods: fondue. And if you still associate fondue with key parties and bell-bottoms, this restaurant wants to change your mind. Going beyond the typical cheese and chocolate, although those are available, its fondue flavors include curry, served with vegetables, naan, paneer and papadum; and lobster bisque, featuring crab, shrimp and cheddar served with potatoes, braised artichokes and toast points for dipping. Sweet options range from butterscotch to dulce de leche to peanut butter. There's an extensive cocktail and wine menu as well, on which Death & Co. and Mayahuel mixologist Philip Ward consulted. "La Bette Noire" is one of The Pig's champagne punches, a decadent mélange of champagne, muddled blackberries, maraschino cordial and lemon that serves two to four people. Chaise longues and low tables invite lingering, and a neon sign above the kitchen casts everything in a crimson glow, lending a flush to everyone's cheeks. 

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