Hit Greenwich Village bar Dante’s West Village outpost has finally opened
The West Village outpost of the always-packed Greenwich Village bar Dante finally opened this past weekend, and much like its sister restaurant, the new location’s outdoor seats filled up quickly as well. Dante West Village, located at 551 Hudson Street, at Perry Street, was originally set to open in March, but its debut was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With outdoor dining currently underway in NYC, the restaurant — which serves a menu influenced by Basque cuisine — has opened its doors.
The restaurant will stick to takeout and outdoor dining, and hasn’t indicated if it plans to return to indoor dining next week with NYC expected to progress into the third phase of reopening on Monday, July 6. Aside from some of the signature cocktails offered at Greenwich Village’s Dante, the West Village spot focuses on a variety of spritz and martinis. Food items include sandwiches on baguettes, small plates like roasted cauliflower with crispy garlic, chili oil, and chicken alla diavolo served with three kinds of house made sauces.
Restaurateurs Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson purchased the more than 100-year-old Greenwich Village institution Caffe Dante after it shuttered in 2015. The couple transformed it into a stylish cocktail bar, and the establishment has since landed on several lists of best bars in NYC, and was also picked as the best bar in the world by the World’s 50 Best Bars. With the West Village outpost, the couple is looking to expand on that popularity.
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— A non-profit created by top design firm the Rockwell Group and the NYC Hospitality Alliance is looking to provide design assistance to restaurants setting up for outdoor dining.
— Safari, the city’s only Somali restaurant, has been doing takeout and delivery to stay afloat during the pandemic. The owners are now looking to open a food truck to serve more customers outdoors.
— FiDi deli Cafe de Novo is now open 24/7 to give its staffers more hours to work and to serve the city’s overnight workers.
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