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Chocolate fondue at Long Island restaurants

Staffers at North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue and Z Pita in Port Jefferson discuss their winter fondue offerings (Credit: Newsday / Chris Ware; Daniel Brennan)

Although chocolate fondue is a treat any day of the year, it is especially welcome on Valentine’s Day, as a sweet ending to a romantic dinner. If you’re not up for making it yourself, there are plenty of Long Island chefs who will set you up to melt and dip.

George Martin 1989

If a juicy steak followed by warm Belgian
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If a juicy steak followed by warm Belgian chocolate fondue sounds just right for Valentine's Day, head to George Martin 1989 (33 Berry Hill Rd., Syosset), where dry-aged beef is plated on a wood carving board and the fondue, big enough for two, is delivered in a copper pot, with strawberries, bananas, almond biscotti and French vanilla pound cake on the side. Price: $10 a person. More info: 516-364-2144, georgemartin1989.com

At George Martin 1989 in Syosset, patrons can
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At George Martin 1989 in Syosset, patrons can dip strawberries, banana, pound cake and biscotti into their Belgian dark chocolate fondue.

Z Pita

The cute Mediterranean spot Z Pita (217 Main
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The cute Mediterranean spot Z Pita (217 Main St., Port Jefferson) has a Valentine's Day fondue special for lovers of both cheese and chocolate. On the menu: either Cheddar or Brie fondue with the cafe's famous chicken fingers, then finish with your choice of peanut butter, Nutella, Espresso or plain old dark or milk chocolate fondue. $69.95 a couple. More info: 631-476-7510, zpita.com

Patrons dine on chocolate fondue with marshmallow, rice
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Patrons dine on chocolate fondue with marshmallow, rice krispie treats, banana, strawberry, pineapple, pretzel and graham cracker at Z Pita in Port Jefferson.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot (2377 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale), which
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The Melting Pot (2377 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale), which specializes in the fondue style, offers no fewer than eight different chocolate fondue choices for dessert. If the Flaming Turtle (milk chocolate, caramel, candied pecans), Yin & Yang (dark and white chocolate), or the Bananas Foster (white chocolate, bananas, dulce de leche) don't appeal, you can design your own fondue, choosing from a list of chocolates, liqueurs and add-on ingredients. Price: From $9.95 to $10.95. More info: 631-752-4242, meltingpot.com

A Valentine's Day special of chocolate fondue made
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A Valentine's Day special of chocolate fondue made from both white and dark chocolates at The Melting Pot in Farmingdale.

Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar

For a Spanish twist on fondue, order the
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

For a Spanish twist on fondue, order the Chocolate Dip ($7) at Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar (5600 Merrick Rd., Massapequa). Melted dark chocolate mixed with Nutella is served with toasted bread that's been drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. More info: 516-620-0057, salumibarli.com

Dark chocolate fondue with nutella and is served
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Dark chocolate fondue with nutella and is served with house baked bread toasted with olive oil and sea salt at Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa.

North Fork Chocolate Company

On Saturdays and Sundays through February, the North
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On Saturdays and Sundays through February, the North Fork Chocolate Company (740 Main Rd., Aquebogue) is hosting Fondue Fundays, and will hold a special chocolate fondue night on Valentine's Day, as well. Chef Steven Amaral, a James Beard Award nominee, will prepare a Belgian chocolate fondue bar, with your choice of dark or milk chocolate and 11 items for dipping, including strawberries, banana nut bread and North Fork potato chips. The event runs 1 to 6 p.m., and reservations are required. Price: $15.95 a person. More info: 631-779-2963, northforkchocolate.com

Chocolate fondue and all the fixings, at North
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Chocolate fondue and all the fixings, at North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue.

Hildebrandt’s

Long a local favorite, Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave.,
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Long a local favorite, Hildebrandt's (84 Hillside Ave., Williston Park) became nationally known after a visit from the Food Network's Guy Fieri. A luncheonette-ice cream parlor might not be the first place you'd look for chocolate fondue, but you can indeed find a respectable version of the classic Swiss dessert for $5.25 at Hildebrandt's. More info: 516-741-0608, hildebrandtsrestaurant.com

Chocolate fondue at Hildebrandt's in Williston Park.
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Chocolate fondue at Hildebrandt's in Williston Park.

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