About Caffe Dante
A 100-year-old staple along Macdougal Street, Dante recently received new owners and a complete makeover that manages to stay true to the original. Elements from its history—including the original 1910s tin ceiling pattern and cozy 1950s-era banquettes—have been brought together to create an “ideal” Dante. Not only have the new owners at Figure 8 Trading improved the space for the recently upgraded Macdougal Street, but they’ve kept enough history and charm to pull longtime guests back in for a walk down memory lane. The space is primarily designed as a sit-down restaurant or dessert spot, but the drinks are bringing New York’s cocktail gliteratti and literati in every night. You can sit in a booth or at a table, but grabbing a stool at the small bar is where the magic happens. Seasonal cocktails using fresh fruits, juices, vegetables and herbs are used in on-point drinks that are a visually stunning as they are well-balanced and easy drinking. With an emphasis on celebrating the Italian heritage of both the restaurant and the former “South Village,” there’s an entire menu of Negroni/Americano/Sbagliato riffs, including a classic Negroni (Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Vermouth) on tap. But it’s the deceptively simple, and lovingly presented, Garibaldi (fresh orange juice, Campari) that wows fans as they begin their evening or end their night.
Photos courtesy of Steve Freihon